Future Star: Kaylah Parks is not new to this

Kaylah Parks putting the finishing touches on another opponent at a high stakes national meet 


Eighth-grader Kaylah Parks is not new to stardom and the subsequent output that her talent leans against opposing foes. After all, she is a member of the mighty Aurora Flyers Track Club. Under the tutelage of the legendary Thomas Boatright, Parks is on her way to becoming the next superstar passing through Illinois. Her father and also coach Daryl Parks keep her humble and hungry.

For those unaware of Park's exploits over the past several years even during a pandemic, it's something to marvel at. Parks won the 2021 AAU Houston National Championship 13-14-year-old 100m title in 12.21 (just off of her semi-final PB 12.18). 

Parks has a great range of talent: 60m (7.80/7th grade) to 400m (59.26). She could probably run the 800m if asked to.

This season is still in its infancy stage but Parks is off to a flying start. In last weekend's youth-oriented Joe DeLoach Invitational in Houston, Texas, Parks won the 60m (7.88) and 200m (25.48). If she were in high school, they would be the first and second-best marks in the state of Illinois. As it stands now, it's US#2 for the undercard.

Next up for Parks will be the CYUP Misfits Invitational in Chicago. She is slated to run the 60m and 300m.