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Derek Sparks
  Derek Sparks

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Edmond, Okla.

High School:
Edmond Memorial HS

Height:
5-10

Event:
Distance

Experience:
3L


Junior - 2001-02: (Cross Country) Ran in six meets . . . earned fifth-place finishes for the team in the 4-mile run at the Hurricane Festival and Fayetteville Invitational . . . finished sixth on the team in the 5-mile run at the Baylor Invitational and in the 8,000-meter run at the ORU Oklahoma Classic . . . earned a seventh-place team finish in the 10,000-meter run at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival . . . (Indoor) Ran in six meets . . . earned a second-place team finish in the 600-yard run . . . owns a top-team finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.86 . . . a member of the 4x400-meter relay team and the 4x440-yard relay team . . . finished fourth at the J.D. Martin Invitational in the 600-meter run . . . earned third-place finishes at the Oklahoma All-Comers Meet in the 800m and at the J.D. Martin Invitational . . . (Outdoor) Participated in 5 meets . . . owns a top-team finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.99 at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Invitational . . . ran in the 4x400-meter relay, the 4x440-yard relay, the sprint medley relay and the distance medley relay.

Sophomore - 2000-01: (Cross Country) Competed in six meets . . . posted a 12th place finish at the Hurricane Festival . . . set personal bests for a 4-mile meet with a time of 21:12 at the Hurricane Festival and for a 10K meet with a time of 33:54 at the Chile Pepper Festival . . . (Indoor) Competed in the 600yd, 800m, mile, 1,000m, 4x400m relay and distance medley relay teams . . . finished fifth at the WAC Championships in the 800m . . . posted the team?s best time fot the 1,00m with a time of 2:31.60 at the Missouri Invitational . . . (Outdoor) Competed in the 800m; 4x400m relay and the distance medley relay . . . posted the team?s third best time in the 800m with a 1:54.94 at the Big Bear Invite.

Freshman - 1999-2000: (Cross Country) Competed in four of TU?s six meets . . . best finish of the season was 19th place at the Hurricane Festival . . . clocked an 8k top time of 26:47.45 at the Southern Stampede. (Indoor) Finished fifth in the 800m at the WAC Championships . . . recorded the squad?s best time for the event at the National Qualifier with a time of 1:52.55 . . . also ran on a 4x400m relay team. (Outdoor) Finished fifth in the 800m at the WAC Championships with a time of 1:51.41 . . . ran a 4:06.54 in the 1,500m at the John Jacobs Invitational.

High School: Earned four letters in track and cross country at Edmond-Memorial High School . . . named all-state for both sports, as well as all-conference and all-region . . . was the state champion in 800m, and was the Great Southwest 800m champ . . . member of state record-holding and All-American 4x800m relay team, which also won a state championship his sophomore season . . . helped lead his cross country team to a state runner-up finish and a regional championship . . . named Masonic Lodge Student of Today . . . earned the Presidential Achievement Award and Student Council Leadership Award.

Personal: Political science major . . . son of Jimmy and Diana Sparks. . . born September 2, 1980.