|Born||July 9, 1951|
Arkansas City, Arkansas
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg)|
|College team||University of California Los Angeles|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||400m: 44.82|
|Representing the United States|
|1976 Montreal||4x400 m relay|
Winner of the USA Olympic Trials in 1976, he did not gain a medal in the individual event (he came fifth), but did become a winner of a gold medal in 4 × 400 m Men's relay race with Herman Frazier, Benny Brown, and Fred Newhouse at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. In the 1970s he competed for the UCLA for several years. In 1977 he ran on the 1977 IAAF Athletics World Cup, anchoring the 4 × 400 m relay team to what appeared to be a runaway victory when he collapsed on the track with a severely pulled hamstring 150m from the finish. This unfortunate injury denied the USA a seemingly certain victory in the team competition, the victory instead going to East Germany. Parks did not compete again that season, but did return in 1978 to again capture the national title at 400 m.
Parks was in 2010 honoured as a member of the '100 Stars for 100 Years' for Fresno City College. In the publicity for the event, Parks is stated as having received the honour of being, in 1990, inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. Parks has also been elected into the California Community College Track and Field Hall of Fame
|Year||World rank||US rank|
Notes for tables:
- world rankings are based on the best time for each athlete.
- 440 yard times are converted to 400 metres times by subtracting 0.3 s for manual-timed results.
- for comparison with automatically-timed races, manual times have a factor of 0.14 s added.
Parks has a nephew, Adolphus Parks, who is a promising young college athlete.
- https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/pa/maxie-parks-1.html Sports Reference, Maxie Parks biography.
- https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2245&dat=19760626&id=Te1fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YzIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=6892,5229368 'Parks winner in 400 meters', Lodi News-Sentinel, 30 June 1976
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-03-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) UCLA Bruins, 1973 Track and Field, uclabruins.com. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1092794/3/index.htm The Cup Turned Into A Coup, Kenny Marks, Sports Illustrated, 12 September 1977. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- http://www.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf The History of the United States Olympic Trials - Track & Field, R Hymans, USA Track & Field, 2008
- http://www.trackinfo.org/tracksCentral.html Trackinfo
- http://www.fresnocitycollege.edu/index.aspx?recordid=321&page=560 '100 Stars for 100 Years List is Complete', 30/7/2010. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- http://www.oabalegacyrenewed.com/alumni.html FCC Distinguished Alumni
- "World Rankings Index--Men's 400 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
- "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 400 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2012-06-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) A History Of The Results Of The National Track & Field Championships Of The USA From 1876 Through 2003, Track and Field News, Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- http://speedendurance.com/2007/07/20/440-yard-and-400-meter-racing-facts-and-figures/ 440 Yard and 400 Meter Racing – Facts and Figures
- 1973 Year Rankings at 400m
- 1974 Year Rankings at 400m
- 1975 Year Rankings at 400m
- 1976 Year Rankings at 400m
- 1977 Year Rankings at 400m
- 1978 Year Rankings at 400m
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-03-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Adolphus Parks, Cerritos College biography. Retrieved 18 March 2012.