Tennessee Wesleyan Runner enters senior season with confidence
Athens, TN — Josh Parson is a senior on the Tennessee Wesleyan Track team and after a very successful 2017 season, Josh is looking for a great senior year with the Bulldogs. Josh ran track for Rhea County and was successful but had been even more successful at the college level. I have been impressed with Josh and the work he has done to improve not only his athletics, but also his academics and his life.
Josh Parson completed a very good year at Tennessee Wesleyan in track and field in 2017. After winning two medals at NAIA Indoor Track meet for 200 meter and 60 meter races, Josh had very good performance at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship in April. Josh Parson finished first in the 200 Meter Dash at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Montreat College in North Carolina. Tennessee Wesleyan College finished third of eleven Appalachian Athletic Conference team competing. Josh also came away with two more medals with a third in 100 meter dash and a second as part of the 4 X 100 Relay team.
Now with 2018 coming, Josh is looking to continue his momentum from last year with a great 2018 on the track, in the classroom and in life.
Josh has already qualified this year for Indoor Nationals in both the 60 and 200. That qualification took place at the BCS Icebreaker on December 1st. The Indoor Nationals will take place in Pittsburgh Kansas in 2018.
Josh took time to answer some question about his journey at Tennessee Wesleyan so far and about the future.
What are your goals for 2018?
“My personal goals are to hit low 10.3 in the 100, go 20.8 in the 200 and 6.69 in the 60. The ultimate goal is to win a national championship.”
What has been the key to your success in running and in life over the last 3 years?
“You know, Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” I hear from to many people that they wish they should have done this or worked harder in that when they were younger. It took time but I decided to grow up and achieve more as an athlete.”
“What I didn’t know when I was pursuing higher in athletics was the growth not only as an athlete but as a person. Once I started working hard at one thing I began working hard in all things. My relationship with God grew, my friendships grew, my relationship improved, and I could see a brighter future for me and my loved ones at the end of a dark tunnel. The growth becomes an addiction and the only thing that feeds that addiction is bettering myself in every aspect.”
Do you have an event that is your favorite and one that you don’t like as much and why?
“I love the 60 meter dash. The event is just all explosion and power from the start. I’m a gym junkie so my main focus this off season has been explosion and power pushing out of the starting blocks.”
“If you would have asked me last year what event I didn’t like I would have told you the 200 meter dash. I just always felt sluggish going in because I didn’t want to do it. I hated how my hamstrings were burning after every race, but now that I have matured as a track athlete I have grown to love the 200 meter dash. I’m pursuing higher in it this year than I did last year.”
How has the academic workload at college been balanced out against athletics and social life in college.?
Academics? Gosh, I hated academics in high school and I definitely hated school work in college for the first 2 years. I wasn’t dedicated and I was lazy. My GPA dropped and I was on the edge of not being able to compete my junior year.
“I ended up changing that. Like I said previously, when I started working harder for track, I began working harder in my classes as well.”
“The workload is rough, especially with training and a social life. I remember my previous head coach asked me a question, “College as an athlete is a choice between two of three things. Sports, academics and social life.” My junior year I chose sports and academics. My social life has sorta declined but I learned that it is fine as long as you’re trying to pursue your goals and achieve a high amount of success. The people and social life will always be there waiting for you but the accomplishments won’t.”
Through the first 3 years, what has been your most satisfying moment in your running career?
Most satisfying moment? It has to be the moment I stood on the podium at nationals claiming my award for 3rd place in the 60 meter dash. I was in shock and didn’t really know what was going on. All I saw were lights flashing from the cameras as people were taking pictures. It didn’t hit me until the next day that I had became and All-American and that all the 3-a-day workouts had paid off. I still remember looking up and seeing my mom and dad taking pictures and looking over to my coaches and seeing them smile and I could see the excitement on their face. It’s truly a great experience achieving a goal as high as that one. That memory will always be with me.”
What is your advice to young people involved in sports on how they can be successful in athletics, academics and in life?
If you want something, go get it. Don’t wait for permission. Don’t wait to start tomorrow. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. I don’t care what your background is, where you come from, what race, gender, or age you are. If you put in the time and effort, I promise you, you will be successful. If you want that athletic scholarship, go get it. Go put in the work. It’s a fight between you and your mind. The only person you are competing with is the one in the mirror.”
“Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Anything is possible with God. The only person that can hold you back is you. The same goes for academics. I hear someone say “I’m a procrastinator” there is no such thing as procrastination. It is a decision. All we have is time. Don’t wait until it’s to late to start. Get up and get after it today.”