Rolla High senior standout collapsed at practice Wednesday.
Senior Austin Parks of the Rolla High School boys’ track team plans to compete in the Missouri Class 4 Sectional Meet in Eldon on Saturday despite collapsing following a practice at the Rolla Community Track on Wednesday.
Parks had left the track following his workout Wednesday and, behind the bleachers at the Rolla Community Track, fainted while surrounded by teammates and coaches.
An ambulance was immediately called. Parks quickly regained consciousness but was made to stay on the ground until the medical personnel arrived.
By that time Parks was able to get to his feet and walk around. He was then cleared by the medical personnel.
On Thursday Parks was back at school and, according to RHS coaches, said he felt fine and never had a headache from the incident. Coaches said Parks mentioned he hadn’t eaten or drank much of anything on Wednesday and had probably gotten dehydrated.
“He got a little warm,” said RHS head coach Don Knapp of Parks. “He was a little dizzy. (While waiting for the ambulance) he just laid there with his eyes shut, blocking them from the sun.”
Parks says he intends to compete on Saturday. He was the 400-meter district champion at the Missouri Class 4 District 5 Meet last week at Jefferson City with a time of :49.95. He is also a sectional qualifier as part of the 4x200-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay teams.
Also a standout for the Rolla High boys’ soccer team in the fall, Parks has signed a letter-of-intent to play soccer at Missouri S&T. He plans to major in mechanical engineering at S&T. He had 19 goals and 11 assists for the Bulldog soccer team in 2013.
This is Parks’ first season as a member of the RHS track squad.