Ore­gon-bound Stin­son is tak­ing on the world

brOm hOban | cen­tral texaS run­ning

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

By the time he joins the Uni­ver­sity of Ore­gon pow­er­house this fall, Cedar Park High School’s track and cross coun­try ace, Parker Stin­son, will have com­peted against some of the world’s best young dis­tance run­ners.

On June 25, Stin­son suc­cess­fully de­fended his ti­tle in the 10,000 me­ters at the USA Ju­nior Na­tion­als in Des Moines, Iowa, post­ing a per­sonal record of 30 min­utes, 56 sec­onds. A year ago, he took the na­tional ti­tle in 31:18.

“The goal was to try to make it to worlds,” said Stin­son. “I ended up win­ning by quite a bit. (The Ju­nior Na­tion­als have) been go­ing for 38 years, and no one has ever won the Ju­nior Na­tion­als twice. Now I have a chance to win it three times.”

On July 20, Stin­son will com­pete in the 10,000 me­ters at the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Monc­ton, New Brunswick. This event draws elite run­ners who are 20 years old or younger from 170 coun­tries.

“We’re go­ing to try for a sub-30-minute time,” says his Cedar Park coach, Timo Sheard. “The race is at 10 p.m., so the tem­per­a­tures should be good. And there will be peo­ple that are faster to pull him along.”

Stin­son is train­ing 70 to 80 miles a week.

“I should have a pretty good shot at break­ing 30 min­utes in Canada,” he said. “The World Ju­niors are held ev­ery other year, and in 2008, a Kenyan (Josphat Kip­koech) won in 27:30. It’s pretty crazy — most of the guys are al­ready col­le­giate run­ners. I’ll prob­a­bly get my butt kicked, but that will make me train all the harder.”

Stin­son is one of the best dis­tance run­ners to emerge from Cen­tral Texas in the past decade.

At Ore­gon, a cru­cible for some of Amer­ica’s finest Cedar Park’s Parker Stin­son re­peated as USA Ju­nior Na­tional 10,000 me­ters champ. dis­tance run­ners, the tal­ent is so deep that it’s com­mon for fresh­men to red­shirt. But Stin­son says he ex­pects to run this fall and is look­ing to be in the cross coun­try team’s top five.

“In high school you run 5,000-me­ter cross coun­try cour­ses, and in col­lege, 10,000,” said Stin­son. “So most fresh­men need to build up to that.”

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