Parker Phagley, son of Scot and Kimberly Phagley, is a sophomore at Nolensville High School and a member of the boys cross country team.
For this season, he said his biggest accomplishment was running a 16:47 in a 5k.
Phagley started running due to his parents’ influence and background in running.
“My parents ran in high school and I wasn’t doing any other sports, so in sixth grade, I joined the cross country team and have been doing it ever since,” he said.
When asked what inspires him to train and compete, he said his desire to get better always pushes him forward. “The feeling when you beat a personal best is amazing and I love running fast and scoring well,” he said.
One of his biggest role models is an American Olympic middle and long distance runner, Steve Prefontaine. Prefontaine competed in the 1972 Olympics and at one time held the American record in seven different track events. Phagley said he looks up to him greatly “because he was an incredible athlete and was extremely determined to do his best.”
One of his Phagley’s coaches said of him, “[He’s] been our top finisher on the boys side in all meets except one. He ran a PR and was our top finisher at the Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington KY running a time of 16:47 and finishing fifth overall in a field of 236 runners, leading our team to a second place finish.”
After finishing at NHS, he would like to attend the University of Arkansas and run there. He also plans to pursue a career in the medical field.