P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week: Joey Perez


It’s not often you hear a Prep Athlete of the Week admit their athletic limitations.

“I did soccer for basically as long as I can remember,” Lewiston senior mid-distance runner Joey Perez said. “I tried basketball once and that wasn’t a great experience. I think I do better with a ball at my feet than in my hands.”

He decided to focus more so on running in high school.

“I just like the accountability,” he said. “It’s only you out there. And you can do a workout as hard as you want and you get to see the rewards of that.”

And he’s already seen some of those rewards.

At the Sweeney Invitational, Perez put his name in the record books.

“My coach, John Potter, was over at the corner and said, ‘You got it! It’s just a matter of how much you want to break it by.’”

Perez ran two-miles in 9-minutes and 28-seconds, breaking the meet record by seven seconds.

“I’ve been waiting so long to hear something like that. ‘Joey Perez, new meet record,” he said. “It was amazing. I can’t describe it.”

With only a couple of months left in his high school career, he’s hopeful he can continue running at Brigham Young University.

“I think it’ll be fun to try to walk-on,” He said. “But at the same time, my brother goes doesn’t play any college sports and he’s at BYU right now and he’s loving it. You know, having the time of his life. So, I figure if I don’t get to run, I get to have the time of my life. It’s a pretty good trade off.”

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