Stepping Stones: Travis Parks, Truett McConnell

Travis Parks
Photo courtesy of Greg Rowland

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 1, 2018) – Tallahassee Community College men's cross country standout Travis Parks has signed a national letter of intent with Truett McConnell University. 

Parks, a native of Crawfordville, Fla., was a member of the Eagles' inaugural men's cross country team last fall. He now owns a second piece of history, becoming the College's first male runner to move on to a four-year program. 

Parks' debut race with the Eagles was the Cougar XC Challenge, and he posted a 19:20.76 in the 5K race, fourth-best among male runners. His first 8K event came at the University of Florida's Mountain Dew Invitational, where he ran a 30:42.0. 

His best 5K time of the season came in the Sustainable Tallahassee Trash Dash when he finished 11th overall with a time of 18:30. 

Parks also participated in one half marathon event, the Barney's Run for Warriors in Albany, Ga. There, he was the top overall male runner, establishing a school record and personal best time of 1:28:13.1. 

Academically, Parks earned All-Academic honors from the Panhandle Conference in 2018. 

Truett McConnell, a NAIA school located in Cleveland, Ga., competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

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