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Julian Parker
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 5'10"
Class: Senior
Experience: 1 Letter
City/State: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: Catholic HS
Other College: South Plains College
Major: Sport Administration
Born: 07/27/1991
Julian Parker Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/29/2015

Events: 800M (IN: 1:49.92; OUT: 1:46.17), Mile (4:18.72)

SEC Champion
2015 SEC Community Service Team

CAREER CAPSULE
One of the leading 800-meter runners to ever wear the purple and gold … Crowned the SEC Champion in the 800 meters during his senior season after running a lifetime personal best of 1 minute, 46.17 seconds … PR of 1:46.17 made him the No. 3-ranked 800-meter runner outdoors in school history following his senior season … Became the fifth LSU Tiger to win the SEC Outdoor title in the 800 meters, joining Robin van Helden (1986), Jamaal James (2007), Elkana Kosgei (2008) and Richard Jones (2010) … Graduated from LSU while competing at the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May 2015 with his degree in sport administration.

2015
Emerged as one of the NCAA’s leading 800-meter runners during the championship season in his final campaign with the Tigers … Crowned the SEC Champion in the 800 meters with a winning run of 1:46.17 in the final at the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Slashed his PR to 1:46.17 to become No. 6-ranked 800-meter runner nationally going into the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … PR of 1:46.17 also made him the No. 3-ranked 800-meter runner outdoors in the history of the LSU program … Became just the fifth LSU Tiger to be crowned the men’s 800-meter champion at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Followed by advancing to the national quarterfinals of the 800 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida … Clocked 1:48.48 in the first round of qualifying before carrying an injury across the finish line in 2:00.41 for 23rd place overall in the NCAA quarterfinals … Won 800-meter titles during the outdoor season at the Louisiana Classics (1:50.70) and LSU Alumni Gold (1:49.32) … Broke 1:48 for the first time in his career with a run of 1:47.99 for second place at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou … Followed with a second-place finish at Arizona’s Jim Click Shootout with a time of 1:50.59 … Blistered the track with a run of 1:47.33 for fourth place at the LSU Invitational in the team’s regular-season finale outdoors … Led off LSU’s winning 4x400-meter relay teams at the Louisiana Classics (3:17.53) and LSU Invitational (3:12.23) … Ran the third leg on the 4x800-meter relay team that clocked 7:38.60 for fifth place at the Texas Relays … Also ran the 400-meter leg on LSU’s sprint medley relay team that placed fifth at the Texas Relays with a time of 3:17.73 … Only ran in two meets during the indoor season … Opened the season with a runner-up finish in the 800 meters at the LSU Indoor Invitational with a time of 1:52.31 … Followed with a 13th-place finish at the Auburn Indoor Invitational by running 1:57.05 … Indoor season was cut short due to injury … Recognized for his leadership in the community as a member of the 2015 SEC Community Service Team for men’s track and field … Followed the collegiate season by running at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships where he finished in 12th place in the 800-meter semifinal with a time of 1:47.52 … Graduated from LSU following the 2015 spring semester with his degree in sport administration.

2014
Won the 800-meter title in his indoor season debut in the event at the New Mexico Team Invitational, clocking an altitude-adjusted indoor personal record of 1:49.92 at the Albuquerque Convention Center … Clocked 1:50.95 in a 12th-place finish in 800-meter qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships held at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium … Also led off the Tigers by running the 1,200-meter leg on the distance medley relay team that took 10th place at the SEC Indoor Championships with a time of 9:54.00 … Crossed the finish line in 1:50.90 in an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter final at the Tyson Invitational … Also ran the 800 meters indoors at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational (1:51.08) for fifth place and Texas A&M’s Aggie Invitational (1:56.36) for 16th place … Raced to a PR of 4:18.72 in a seventh-place finish in the mile at the Texas A&M Triangular … Opened the 2014 indoor season by clocking 4:20.49 for a 17th-place finish in the mile at the Auburn Indoor Invitational … Led off LSU’s DMR that ran a seasonal-best time of 9:48.01 in a runner-up finish at the Aggie Invitational … Redshirted during the 2014 outdoor season to preserve his senior season of eligibility … Competed unattached at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou, clocking a lifetime PR of 1:49.72 in a runner-up finish in the 800 meters.

2013
LSU’s top 800-meter runner in his first season with the program in 2013 … Ran a seasonal best of 1:50.98 in his first 800-meter race with the Tigers at the LSU Relays … Placed third in the event in his debut at the LSU Relays … Followed with a third-place in the 800 meters at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational with a time of 1:51.96 … Competed in the event at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, running 1:52.45 for 19th place in the qualifying round … Also ran the 800 meters at the Battle on the Bayou (1:52.56) and LSU Alumni Gold (1:53.51) held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Ran 50.81 for 19th place in his only 400-meter race of the season at the Louisiana Classics … An alternate on LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team throughout the outdoor season … Ran the third leg on the foursome that clocked 3:08.06 for the win in the college section at the 119th Penn Relays … Also ran the third leg on the team that posted a time of 3:07.04 for third place at the LSU Alumni Gold … Did not compete during the indoor season.

PRIOR TO LSU
A two-time junior college All-American while competing for South Plains College in the National Junior College Athletics Association … Claimed a pair of All-America honors in the 4x800-meter relay in 2011 and 2012 … Helped the Texans earn a third-place finish in 2011 and a second-place finish in 2012 at the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Set a lifetime personal record of 1:50.32 in a runner-up finish in runner-up finish in the 800-meter final at the 2012 Red Raider Invitational at Texas Tech University … A product of the powerhouse prep program at Catholic High School under the direction of LSU Track & Field alum Pete Boudreaux … Helped guide Catholic High School to four-straight indoor state championships from 2007-10 … Also a member of three-straight outdoor state championship teams from 2008-10 … Claimed a trio of individual state titles in the 800 meters during his prep career … Won a pair of outdoor state titles in 2008 and 2010 and an indoor title in 2009.

PERSONAL
Full name is Julian Demond Parker … Born on July 27, 1991 … Parents are John and Renee Parker … Has an older brother, Jeffrey, and a younger sister, Janelle … Brother also attended LSU … Graduated from LSU in May 2015 with his degree in sport administration.

 

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