Jarez Parks Seizes Final Moment With State Winning US No. 5 Discus Heave

Jarez Parks had never thrown over 200 feet in the discus before stepping to the circle for his last attempt at the Florida High School Athletic Association finals on Friday. 

In fact, his competitor, Niceville's Edward Shelikoff, had made sure that Parks' final attempt would be all near impossible when he landed a then-leading 200 feet, 8 inch mark to take the lead. 

But Parks never feared. 

The University of Alabama football signee heaved a phenomenal final effort of 210-5 to take the event in a new personal best, state record and a US No. 5 mark. The attempt surpassed the previous state record of 203-4 by Charlotte (FL.) High's Westley Stockbarger in 2004. 

He became the fifth boy this spring to throw over 210 feet and entered the all-time ranks with a top 35 throw. 

"This is what I needed," Parks told Flrunners. "I've been working my butt off for this and on that last throw, I just let it out." 

Parks, a four-star recruit and defensive end in football, also won the state shot put in 58-1. 

He surpassed his previous best of 190-1 in 2016. 

Event 90 Boys Discus Throw 3A Varsity

    Name                    Year School                  Finals            Points
  1 Parks, Jarez              12 Sebastian Ri            64.15m     210-05  10   
      48.06m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL  60.60m  64.15m
  2 Shelikoff, Edward         12 Niceville HS            61.17m     200-08   8   
      61.05m  FOUL  FOUL  FOUL  57.77m  61.17m
  3 Poole, Jordan             12 Chiles HS               50.91m     167-00   6   
      46.62m  41.60m  FOUL  50.91m  43.78m  39.03m
  4 Woo, Jon                  12 Palmetto Rid            49.82m     163-05   5   
      43.66m  45.43m  49.82m  44.18m  45.64m  44.95m
  5 Miles, Bethal             10 Northeast HS            49.23m     161-06   4   
      43.91m  47.55m  47.69m  43.54m  46.13m  49.23m
  6 Manuel, Kyle              11 Springstead             47.74m     156-07   3   
      FOUL  45.59m  45.84m  FOUL  45.61m  47.74m
  7 Pierce, Anthony           11 Auburndale H            47.51m     155-10   2   
      40.79m  FOUL  47.51m  42.03m  45.75m  45.82m
  8 Topel, Heath              12 Niceville HS            44.99m     147-07   1