THE TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) – Parker Stokes’ legacy was all started by a suggestion.
“Freshman year my coach recommended I do it, it was probably my stature, my height that he thought I would have an advantage in the event,” said Maine-Endwell senior Parker Stokes.
Maine-Endwell, a school so rich with athletic history, recently graduated one of its best ever. Stokes dominated the steeplechase for four years.
“It’s the entire package of Parker, his personality and his dedication,” said David Stokes, Parker’s father.
In June of 2018, Stokes captured his first national championship in the steeplechase.
“After I crossed the line and broke the tape I wasn’t too sure what to feel, you know I was very excited I was very emotional, very happy,” said Parker Stokes.
That was followed by breaking two Maine-Endwell school records in his senior season.
“Since I started to become more elite I really wanted to go for those records,” said Parker Stokes.
Stokes finished his high school career with a second national championship, just hours after his senior prom.
“After midnight I went to my school for after prom and I left after prom from my school at 4 a.m,” said Parker Stokes.
“I took a couple of naps on my flights and after that I was pretty much extremely overtired for the race and my body was on, I guess you could say reserve tanks but after I crossed the line I crashed immediately, I was falling asleep.”
He went out with a bang but the Stokes legacy at M-E isn’t over quite yet. With Parker off to continue his athletic career at Georgetown, his little sister Lindsey is ready to step into the spotlight.
“She’s following in my footsteps I guess you could say,” said Parker Stokes.
In just her sophomore season, Lindsey also qualified for nationals in the steeplechase. The Stokes siblings were the only two Maine-Endwell runners to make it to nationals.
“He’s my role model, I really base most of what I do in school and on the track off of him,” said Lindsey Stokes.
“To have two of your kids go to nationals is stinking awesome,” said David Stokes.
With still plenty of time to make a trophy case of her own, now it’s time to watch the other Stokes.
“I kinda want to do what he did and win a national title,” said Lindsey Stokes.