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Parker English of Evanston Township High School has been named Illinois 2013-14 girls track and field athlete of the year.

The selection is part of a nationwide program run by USA Today and sponsored by Gatorade.

English is the third ETHS student to win the girl’s statewide honor in track and field.

The award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the track.

The 5-foot-7 senior won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.33 seconds and the 400-meter run in 53.88 at the Class 3A state championship meet this spring, leading the Wildkits to a fourth-place finish as a team.

English also finished third in the 100-meter dash, while her season-best time of 53.80 seconds in the 400 ranked as the nation’s No. 10 performance among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of her selection.

English has maintained a 3.42 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally as a tutor and a vacation bible school counselor. 

“Parker is right up there with the best we’ve ever had,” said Evanston Township head coach Fenton Gunter. “The talent was always there for her, and she came in this year and did her job.”

English has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Congratulations Parker!

    I have been lucky to work with Parker English in my English classes at ETHS for two years– both in Freshman Humanities and in senior AP English.  While the scoreboard clearly testifies to Parker's success on the track, to her dedication and devotion to herself and to her team, I would like to add to this impressive and inspirational young woman's biography.  Parker is an excellent student who supports, inspires, and excels in her academic endeavors.  She embraces all challenges, whether athletic or academic, with gusto.  She is kind, compassionate, and displays an intellectual curiosity that  will serve her well in the years to come.   Parker, like so many of your fans, I am so very proud of you.  I know that Notre Dame will appreciate you as much as we have here in Evanston.  Congratulations– you've earned this!  

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