Jordyn Parker is an 8th grader at Chamblee Middle School. She is a Dekalb County champion and one of the top 200m/400m specialist in the state. Jordyn also competes in the long jump, 4x1 relay, 4x4 relay, and sometimes the 100. She runs with Track Georgia during the summer and holds personal records in the 200m of 25.44 and 400m of 57.50. We had the pleasure of conducting Jordyn's interview via Facetime which brought a lot of flavor to the interview itself. Jordyn suffered a leg injury during the finals of the county meet that kept her out of her individual events. She is fully recovered and looking ahead to the state championships.
What other sports/activities do you participate in?
I cheer for my school.
What do you give up (sacrifice) to run track?
I end up sacrificing cheer and time with friends. I'll have stop cheering once I go to high school to focus on track.
What is your preparation like to get ready for competition?
I ice my legs the night before a meet. On race day I have my playlist with songs from artist like Beyonce. I take my time during my warm ups to make sure my legs are loose.
What qualities do you gain from running track that you can apply to everyday life?
You gain endurance, a strong mindset, and patience.
What do you like about track and field?
I love to compete, meet new people, and have a good time with my teammates.
What is your favorite event?
The 200 is favorite event.
What is your most memorable track experience?
This past summer when I was running at the AAU district meet. I ran 57.50 in the 400 which is my PR.
What's your favorite song to listen to before a race?
Grown Woman by Beyonce
Who inspires you and why?
My Mom because she ran when she was young in similar events and understands what I go through as an athlete.
How do you celebrate after a great win?
We go out to eat as a family. Taco Mac is my favorite restaurant to eat at after a meet.
Can you remember your first race? What was the experience like?
The 800 was my first race. I got out well and then broke down crying at the 200. I was 6 years old.
What do you like to do for fun?
Hang out with friends, go to the mall, or go to a fun place.
What's one word that describes you?
Do you feel any pressure going into the MS championships? What are your goals or expectations for this year's meet?
I don't feel any pressure. My goal is to run fast enough to break the records in my events for county and state.