Perez captures rare double at state track meet to go with her cross country title
CHARLESTON – If Chicago Bears radio announcer and Wheaton resident Jeff Joniak was to watch her run, it would not doubt invoke his signature phrase: Madeline Perez, you are ridiculous.
Six months ago, the Glenbard West distance phenom won the Class 3A cross country title in a state record time. On Saturday, Perez finished her junior campaign with a pair of track state championships at Eastern Illinois University.
Pulling off the rare double, Perez won the 3,200-meter race in a time of 10:22.29, just one second off her personal best. She then came back and outkicked Courtney Ackerman of New Trier down the stretch in the 1,600, capturing that event in 4:52.24. Perez had posted a personal record of 4:52.21 in Friday’s prelims.
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