2013: Took fifth with a 26:08.52 at the 8k Georgia Cross Country Invitational...Was the third Bulldog to score at the 8k Roy Griak Invitational after taking 57th with a time of 25:19.5...Scored for the Bulldogs after taking 115th at the 8k Wisconsin Invitational thanks to his time of 24:26...Scored for the Bulldogs with a career-best 21st-place finish at the SEC Championships after finishing in 24:36.20...Made up more than 40 spots in the last portion of the race to take 10th (30:18.76) at the 10k NCAA South Regionals for All-Region honors...Concluded his cross career by finishing third for the Bulldogs at the 10k NCAA Championships after taking 181st overall (32:07.5).
2012: Earned All-Region honors at the NCAA South Regionals with a 21st-place finish in a time of 31:15.9 on the 10k course...Turned in a time of 26:37.50 (8k) to capture fifth place at the season-opening Georgia Invitational...Finished in 25:25.07 (8k) at the Greater Louisville Classic to place 113th...Finished 232nd at the Wisconsin adidas Invite 8k in 25:00...Clocked a time of 25:32.19 at the SEC Championships to place 60th...Finished 172nd at the NCAA Championships in a time of 31:20.7 (10k).
2011: Finished 11th at the Georgia Invitational after recording a mark of 25:36.10...Was the fourth Bulldog scorer at the Georgia State Invitational after crossing the finish line in 25:53...Recorded the first top team finish of his career after taking ninth at the Crimson Classic with a time of 25:24.58...Finished 50th at the SEC Championships.
2010: Finished ninth overall and scored for the Bulldogs in his first collegiate meet at the 8K Georgia Cross Country Invitational with a mark of 24:56.23...Was a scorer for the Bulldogs at the UGA-GT Dual Meet after finishing fifth (25:41.46)...Took 82nd (24:58.50) to score for the Bulldogs at the Greater Louisville Classic...Continued a strong first season after scoring and earning All-SEC Freshmen honors at the SEC Championships after finishing 39th (25:38.86)...Finished third for the Bulldogs and 37th overall (31:36.26) at the 10k NCAA South Regionals.
High School: Won both the 2006 and 2007 GHSA AAA state cross country titles...Captured the 3200-meter run championship at the 2007 state track meet...Competed at the 2010 New Balance Nationals in the 5000...Finished 21st at the 2009 Foot Locker South Regionals with at time of 15:12...Took second in both the 1600 (4:19) and 3200 (9:28) at the 2010 state meet...Four-time cross country and track captain and Most Valuable Runner at Columbus...Four-time Region 2AAA cross country champion and four-time region 1600 and 3200 champion...Was the high-point scorer at the 2010 region meet after winning the 1600 and the 3200 and earning runner-up honors in both the 4x400 relay and the pole vault...Helped lead Columbus to a combined four region cross country and track titles (cross country - 2006-07, 2009; track - 2010, which was the first time in 30 years)...Personal-best times of 4:17 (1600). 9:25 (3200) and 15:08 (5k)...Member of Georgia Mathematics League and graduated with a 3.84 GPA...Also played basketball and was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player for his JV team as a freshman and as a sophomore.
Personal: Born June 7, 1991...Son of Steve and Mary Sparks...Father, Steve, played baseball at the University of New Mexico...Uncle, Jay Sparks, played football at UT-Chattanooga...Majoring in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Mathematics.