NEW SUMMERFIELD —
Francisco Parra is New Summerfield High School's version of the Energizer bunny; having a seemingly unendless supply of energy.
There's nary a boys sport at New Summerfield that Para doesn't take part in and early (8:30 a.m.) Saturday morning he will be wearing the blue and gold of New Summerfield as he flies around the track at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of University of Texas-Austin.
Parra will be racing in the UIL Class A, Division I Track Meet and his speciality Saturday will be the 3200 meter run.
“Francisco is a unique student-athlete in that he does so many sports well,” New Summerfield athletic director and head track and field coach, Kent Willis, said. “On Saturday he will be in Austin, running in the state meet and he has been working real hard in trying to improve his times after finishing in first place at the regional meet in Palestine.”
Willis said as far as his research indicates, Parra will be New Summerfield High School's first runner to compete at state as the school previously had only field athletes qualify for state.
Parra said that he doesn't mind being the one to make history and he just wants to run well.
“I always get nervous before any race, so I'm sure there will be some early nerves,” he said. “But, I think that the fact that our cross country team qualified for state in the fall will help me to relax.
“I just want to focus on doing my best and finishing the season strong.”
Parra has the sixth-fastest time of the nine qualifiers that are expected to take to the track to contest things.
The top-two runners are from Valley View.
Hunter Barnes' 10:10.33 has the fastest qualifying time, with Micah Davidson (10:15.56) not too far behind.