An Honor for Phil Parker
While the Official results are not posted from the 2018 Georgia Independent School Association State Track and Field Championships, our contingency of Cougars competed courageously and fairly, established personal records, gained invaluable experience, enjoyed themselves, and honored Phil Parker, former TCS teacher, Cross Country and Track coach who passed away peacefully at home while we were doing what he loved best.
The 4X100m relay team of Conner Hogue, Shane Hendrickson, Roman Lawlor and Joe Matsumoto (alternate Colton Parks) earned 15th in state to lead the Cougars onto the track. Joe Matsumoto placed 14th in the 110 High hurdles and 10th in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Brandy Michelle Finnell earned 16th in the girls’ shot put. Eric Vogel triple jumped into fifteenth place. Larry Orsini ran one of the most intelligent and dramatic races in the annals of GISA track and field to come from mid-pack and gradually pick his way through to the victory in the 1600m (mile) race. Unbelievably, after being sick and vomiting most of that night, Larry returned to the track with little sleep and duplicated his brilliant, relentless, tactical assault on the toughest race in Georgia high school track-the 3200m, clawing from the rear of the pack to earn the gold medal. Larry won a stadium full of fans for his gutsiness. Larry also ran a personal best in the 800m to score two points with his seventh place in the 800m run. As usual, immediately following the state meet, I had the cell phone in my hand dialing Phil Parker, and realized it wasn’t necessary; Phil was there, and he was right proud. His legacy will live forever in TCS lore.