With Anthony Grover (784) en route to a third consecutive State Division IV title, Lowell's Zachary Parker (right of Grover) ran in stride with the perennial champion, placing sixth overall. (Credit: DeAnna Turner)
This article has been updated to correct the number of SFS titles for Zachary Parker.
Lowell senior Zachary Parker won the San Francisco Section title and improved by nearly a minute year-over-year in placing sixth in the Division IV race at the CIF-State Championships.
His time of 15:33.30 was a PR on the 5K course at Woodward Park in Fresno and a massive improvement from the 16:31.10 he posted as a junior in placing 116th in the State Division I race.
Parker would subsequently lower his PR for 5K when he ran 15:19.90 on the asphalt rain course at Mt. SAC while placing 24th at the Foot Locker West Regional.
Parker's older brother, Alexander, won the SFS title in 2017 (Zachary won the lower-level race). The 2018 section final was not held because of poor air quality.
In team scoring, Parker gave Lowell 5 points as the perennial SFS champions went on to an eighth-place finish in Fresno. Other scorers were sophomores Oliver Witt and Ben Lester (27th and 55th, respectively), senior Owen Choy (83rd) and junior Theodore McDonough (91st) as Lowell slotted ahead of Oaks Christian (SS) by 11 points.