Northview high jumper Parr-Frier wins TMSAA State Championship at Clarksville

Friday, May 31, 2024
Northview eighth grader Jakhi Parr-Frier competed in the TMSAA Class A State Track Meet on May 18 and returned home from Clarksville with a trio of medals including the state championship in the boys high jump after a leap of 5’10’’.
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A Northview eighth grader made history recently as Jakhi Parr-Frier competed in the TMSAA Class A State Track Meet and came back from Austin Peay with a state championship in the boys high jump.

Parr-Frier bested 15 other athletes to take the top spot in the event held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on May 18.

“This is what I have worked for my whole seventh and eighth grade years,” Parr-Frier said. “And, it all paid off in the end.”

Parr-Frier’s leap of 5’10’’ defeated the second-place jumper by four inches. With a higher ranking going into the event, the eighth grader said he didn’t really feel much pressure going in. the event.

“I knew that all this work that I put in was going to really help,” he explained. “I felt like I had outworked a lot of people.”

Parr-Frier said he could tell he had achieved his goal when he made the winning jump.

Northview Head Coach Monty Frier said Parr-Frier grew the most by improving his jumps at each event.

“During track season, we try to encourage kids to set personal records at every event,” the Northview track head coach explained. “He’s been PRing but didn’t peak until he got to state.

“His personal record is actually 6’2’’. He did a lot of strength training and a lot of running. Watched what he ate. Just trying to improve in every aspect.”

Parr-Frier also earned medals in two other events – long jump (sixth) and 200-meter dash (eighth).

Frier said one thing which helped Parr-Frier was playing multiple sports as he also plays football and basketball.

“I think if you’re playing sports year round, it definitely helps because you’re staying busy and staying active,” Frier explained. “Almost everyone on Northview’s track team plays another sport. We encourage them to play multiple sports. If they’re playing another sport in the spring, they can even miss track to go to that other sport.”

Jakhi is the son of Northview Head Coach Monty Frier. The Choctaw track coach talked about seeing his son with the state championship as a father.

“It’s incredible,” Frier said. “I think he’s one of the first in Northview history to win state. Even if you’re expected to win, you still have to go out there and do it.

“I’m a proud father and very happy for him. When you’re coaching your own kid, its bittersweet sometimes because you’ve got to coach the team and not just your kid. But, now that the season is over, I can reflect and be happy for him.”

Northview also had a sixth-grade runner who competed in state in the 1,600-meter run as Addison Trout finished in 13th place out of 16 runners.

Three Oaks eighth grader Jaiden Seabourn finished in fifth place in the long jump while fellow TOMS Choctaw Christian McPhearson placed 16th in the 1,600-meter run.

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