Written by David Rodriguez Friday, 18 November 2011 15:03
Four years ago Juarez-Lincoln cross country runner Emily Perez was like any other freshman athlete. Before cross country meets she was nervous, unsure, intimidated and all, apparently, completely without reason. Last weekend, at the UIL state cross country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Perez took the silver prize capping a career almost unheard of for a Valley athlete in any sport as she has qualified for state competition four years in a row. Last weekend, she showed once and for all her fears were unfounded.
“My freshman year I was intimidated a lot,” said Perez. “In every race, big or small I was nervous. This year, mentally I’m strong. I have a shot of making the national and my freshman year I would have thought it was impossible.”
Even as recently as last year Perez may have thought making nationals was improbable as she finished fifth in state competition. However, this year is proving to be the breakout culmination of a running career whose accomplishment has extended beyond just its own success.