Athlete Showcase: Dowagiac’s Cole Parker
Cole Parker is a junior on the Dowagiac cross country team.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
CP: Breaking 16:30 in the 5K my first year of cross country.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?
CP: Probably running an 18:30 at Steve’s Run.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
CP: My mother, she introduced me to running. She supports me in everything I do and wants to see me be the best version of myself
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
CP: The night before an important race.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
CP: During a few long runs, (runs where I go 12 to 14 miles). I’ve had to stop by the side of the road and use the bathroom. Not the most enjoyable experience.
How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
CP: Lots of mileage. two to three times a week I wake up at 5:15 a.m. and run before school.
What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?
Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?
CP: They give you a chance to feel that sense of belonging. Sports are not just games, but a way to bond and make lifetime friendships.
How would you give away $50,000?
CP: I would take the $50,000 and repair the track so we could have home track meets.
If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?
CP: Bowerman Track Club.
If I did not play sports, I would…?
CP: Dedicate the time I spend running to studying and bettering myself as a student.
What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?
CP: Racing. It’s obviously physically difficult, but nothing compares to the mental fortitude you must have as a distance runner.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
CP: At bigger meets I think it would be better to have more space in between the start boxes. There is a lot of elbowing and shoving at the start of a packed race.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
CP: “Those shorts are nice. Are they your sisters?”
What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
CP: This summer when I was in New Orleans, I had to run still. I went through some sketchy areas that were a little risky. Yeah, I am glad I did it.
What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?
CP: Kipchoge breaking the two-hour marathon barrier.
What is your favorite hobby? Why?
CP: Cooking. I like food and it is fun to experiment.
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