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April 22, 2013

H.S. BOYS' TRACK: Parrish trying to live up to family name, Generals’ history

Junior looks to push cousin as area’s top sprinter

CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville junior Marquise Parrish has a lot to live up to.

Parrish’s cousin — New Albany’s Jermaine Parrish — is the defending state 100-meter champion and 200 state runner-up.

Generals’ second-year coach Greg Moman believes his sprinter is up to it.

“Marquise has a lot of size and power,” Moman said. “His potential is only limited by how much work we get in.”

Marquise Parrish’s best time in the 100-meter dash is 11.1 seconds. That’s sixth-tenths of a second off his cousin’s time set at last Friday’s Floyd Central Invitational. His 23-second 200 time is more than a second behind Jermaine’s top speed this year.

Still, after Jermaine Parrish dominated the sectional a year ago, Marquise believes he may have something for the state champion on May 16 at the Floyd Central Sectional.

“I think I can beat him,” Marquise Parrish said. “I have confidence I can beat him. Great competition makes me run faster. I like to come from behind.”

Despite being a junior, Marquise Parrish is a track and field rookie. He hasn’t run track since seventh grade. He had made a decision to return to the sport he once loved before last season, but a knee injury in football kept him off of the track in 2012.

There’s no denying Marquise Parrish’s gifts. In Clarksville’s football season opener, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in one quarter against Southridge. He also was part of the Generals’ first basketball sectional championship since 1986.

“I think he’s still working on a few mechanics,” Moman said. “We’re seeing his raw side still. When he becomes polished, I don’t have any doubt that he should be right there in the top 10 in the state in both the 100 and 200. We’ll just have to wait and see how fast the polishing process happens.”

Marquise Parrish believes it’s just a matter of time before he sees great improvements in his 100 and 200 times.

“I want to get at least 10.6 and between 22 and 23 in the 200,” he said.

Marquise Parrish not only has a family name to live up to, he’s also carrying on a great Clarksville sprinting tradition. As recently as 2007, Ryan Masters was a state runner-up in the 200 meters. Masters was the most recent in a long line of General greats.

“We’ve had a pretty established program,” Moman said. “It’s been pretty impressive.”

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