Maxwell Lander Parks is a former American athlete from Fresno, California. Winner of the USA Olympic Trials in 1976, he did not gain a medal in the individual event, but did become a winner of a gold medal in 4x400 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 4x400 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. Any hope of Olympic success in 1980 was denied by the USA boycott of those games, but in any event Parks's form meant he only reached the semi-final stage at the Olympic trials. Prior to UCLA he was a graduate of Washington Union High School, then Fresno City College.
July 9th, 1951 in Arkansas City (Age 71)