Name: Parker Nail
School: Whitewater High School
Sport(s): Cross Country and Track
Position(s): Distance (Track- 1600 meter run, 3200 meter run)
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13, Philippians 2:3-11, 1 John 3:16, Hebrews 12:1-3
Favorite Movie: I’m not much of a movie person, but I recently saw Fading West, a documentary about Switchfoot (my favorite band). Facing the Giants, The Blind Side, 4 Minutes, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Cars are also some of my favorites.
Favorite Hang-Out: I enjoy hanging out with my friends and playing music with them occasionally, watching college football (Go Dawgs!), spending time with my family, and attending youth group at Providence United Methodist Church.
Who inspires you and Why?: Jesus Christ inspires me. He has humbled Himself by dying on a cross for all of mankind’s sins though He is perfect. He constantly has taught, led, and prayed for His followers and enemies although some mock and persecute Him.
Professional runner Galen Rupp has begun to bring back American distance running with his silver medal in the 10,000 meter run at the 2012 London Olympics and his 10,000 meter American record (26:48!).
Pro marathoner Ryan Hall has suffered an onslaught of setbacks, injury after injury, yet he continues to follow God’s plan for his life and allows the Holy Spirit to coach him.
Grace Tinkey who currently runs for Furman University experienced a major injury in her high school career, but her unshakeable faith kept and continues to keep her strong and inspires those around her. She glorifies God, and she’s fast!
Goals for this season: With XC season having just ended, track season begins in February. I hope to break 4:40 for the 1600 meter run and 10:20 in the 3200 meter run. His Will be done!
Favorite Sports Memory: In middle school when I ran the 4x400 with some teammates, one of them stepped on one of my spikes and tore the shoe on the inside arch! I still wore them to finish out my middle school career at WMS. I can also remember finally breaking all of the distance track records (800, 1600, 3200 meter runs) in the 800 in a regular season meet at Sandy Creek High School. The Footlocker South Region Cross Country Championships are also memorable races because the atmosphere and the amazing runners there are astounding!
What does FCA mean to you?: FCA is a place where I can combine my love of Jesus Christ and running and learn how to glorify God and run for the up-building of His kingdom humbly. I can learn to put God first over and instead of cross country and track, and I can learn how to lead, teach, and live like Jesus Christ.