Current Sophomore Hoping To Make Bahamian Olympic Team
JASON PARKER ('96) --- 2002 Inductee --- was a member of Xavier's Rifle team from 1992-1996.
Parker earned seven All-American citations as a member of the Xavier rifle team, the most for any shooter in school history. Parker, who is now a member of the U.S. Army Marksmenship Unit, was an All-American in smallbore as a freshman in 1993, then earned honors for both smallbore and air rifle in his final three seasons.
Parker was a member of the team that placed first in air rifle in the 1996 NCAA Championship. In individual NCAA competition, Parker placed second in smallbore in 1993, and in air rifle he placed third in 1994, fourth in 1995 and fifth in 1996.
On the international level Parker was a member of the 1998 Munich World Cup Air Rifle Championship Team. While there he won a Gold Medal and set two new world records. Parker scored a world-record 700.6 points to defeat Slovenia's Rajmond Debevec and win his event. Also, Parker's qualifying score of 598 out of 600 points set a new world mark.
Following his performance in Munich, Parker was named 1998 USA Shooting Male Rifle Shooter of the Year and was also featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd". Parker followed the honor up by winning a gold medal at the 1999 Masters European Air Rifle Championship. The U.S. Olympic Committee named Parker Shooter of the Year in 1999.
Parker also participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He posted the third best qualifying score in Men's 10 meter air rifle before placing fifth in the finals, falling .7 points short of the bronze medal.