Athlete of the Week: Perez on track for a bright future

nandiperez-medalsNandi Perez is a two-time Junior Olympic champion, holds three Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club records, and has more medals than places to hang them. Oh, and she’s just getting started.

“You wouldn’t believe how many medals I have,” said Perez, 12, who added the title of Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week to her growing list of accomplishments. “I have them hanging on my lamp and stuffed in my drawer, everywhere.”

Her parents might need to build a trophy case for the up-and-coming runner, especially since they helped her get started. Nandi bugged her father for months to let her go running with him but Rico, a noted distance runner himself, was hesitant to let the then 7-year-old tag along. Turns out his daughter was following in his footsteps in more ways than one.

“He runs like 5 miles, so he didn’t want to have to stop in the middle of his run for her,” recalled mother, Ody Perez. “When they got home, he said, ‘That girls can run.’ He only had to stop once and she kept up with him the whole way. She’s been running ever since.”

Like her dad, Nandi prefers distance events, although she also owns the club record for the mid-range 800 meters. But she won gold medals in the Junior Olympics Regionals in Rock Hill earlier this month to earn a spot in the nationals. Her parents feel she’s too young to make the long trip to Texas, especially since she has many years of championship running ahead of her.

Nandi is the 2014 SC Jr Olympic Champion in the 1500m and 3000m and currently owns Myrtle Beach Track Club records in both as well as the 800m in 2013 as a 10 yr old (5:30, 12:26 and 2:42 respectively), and is the current record holder in the 800m (2:40), 1500m (5:22), and 3000m (11:40) in the 11-12 year old age division.

“Having coached athletes at all levels of competition up to the World and Olympic championships, at the Junior Olympic level Nandi has been one of the most multi-dimensionally rewarding athletes to coach the passed three years,” said MBT&F coach Clarence Richardson.

“She’s an inspiration to club athletes junior and senior to her age and as well as team coaches and athletes within and outside the Myrtle Beach Track Club. She has a very long and promising future as an athlete and student of the sport as well as the classroom.”

Nandi, an A student as well as an champion runner, moves up to seventh grade this fall and can compete with the Carolina Forest High cross country, track and field teams. True to her long-distance nature, she’s most looking forward to running cross country for the Lady Panthers.

“I’m a little nervous but I’m really excited about running cross country,” she said. “When I was younger, I didn’t know how to pace myself. I would slow down and speed up. But now I know how to keep a pace and that’s really helped (my times).”

Whatever events she takes on in the future, she is already on pace for a successful future in the sport.

 

Comments

comments

MB girls bounce AC Flora; face Wilson in Lower State

MB girls bounce AC Flora; face Wilson in Lower StateThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team has been battling [more]

Lady Panthers' playoff run cut short by Goose Creek

Lady Panthers' playoff run cut short by Goose CreekDespite a hard-fought match, the historic run of the Carolina [more]

Chants run out of magic, suffer first loss to Indiana

Chants run out of magic, suffer first loss to IndianaIndiana, ranked 17th nationally, scored once in the seventh to [more]

CCU's Adams claims third Player of the Week award

CCU's Adams claims third Player of the Week awardJas Adams of the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team was [more]

St. James' Knaffle, White receive major golf honors

St. James' Knaffle, White receive major golf honorsAfter leading the St. James High girls golf team to [more]

Chants post back-to-back, 10th-inning walk-off wins

Chants post back-to-back, 10th-inning walk-off winsFor the second straight game, Coastal Carolina (3-0) scored a [more]

Boys Playoffs: Tigers ride Wave into 5A LS semifinal

Boys Playoffs: Tigers ride Wave into 5A LS semifinalThe Conway High boys basketball team punched their ticket to [more]

NMB crowns 2 Lower State champs; CF, MB qualify 5

NMB crowns 2 Lower State champs; CF, MB qualify 5The North Myrtle Beach wrestling team crowned two Lower State [more]

Green comes off bench, leads Saints' playoff win

Green comes off bench, leads Saints' playoff winThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team needed [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants sweep USA in Senior Day thrillers

CCU Hoops: Chants sweep USA in Senior Day thrillersOn Senior Day, it was fittingly a senior-to-senior connection that [more]

Chants rally past Sooners on Wood's walk-off in 10th

Chants rally past Sooners on Wood's walk-off in 10thWith bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of [more]

5A Girls Playoffs: Panthers roll into Lower State semis

5A Girls Playoffs: Panthers roll into Lower State semisThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team are headed to the [more]

4A Girls Playoffs: Big win keeps Seahawks at home

4A Girls Playoffs: Big win keeps Seahawks at homeThe Myrtle Beach girls basketball team had to battle to [more]

Chants overpower Hokies; face Sooners on Saturday

Chants overpower Hokies; face Sooners on SaturdayPreseason All-American Kevin Woodall Jr., had a career-high six RBI [more]

Lacrosse gaining ground on Strand's sports scene

Lacrosse gaining ground on Strand's sports sceneThere was a time not so long that students who [more]

CCU football names Isaac new running backs coach

CCU football names Isaac new running backs coachCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced the hiring [more]

CCU Hoops: Trojans edge Chants; Adams scores 40

CCU Hoops: Trojans edge Chants; Adams scores 40Jaylen Shaw's game-high 18 points were not enough as Coastal [more]

4A Boys Playoffs: Chiefs, Seahawks fall in openers

4A Boys Playoffs: Chiefs, Seahawks fall in openersSecond-seeded Myrtle Beach saw its season come to an end [more]

5A Boys Playoffs: Tigers make history; Braves win

5A Boys Playoffs: Tigers make history; Braves winFor the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Conway [more]

Chants set to open season with Baseball at the Beach

Chants set to open season with Baseball at the BeachOn Friday, the 2018 NCAA Division I collegiate baseball begins [more]

5A Girls Playoffs: Panthers erupt; Tigers win at Wando

5A Girls Playoffs: Panthers erupt; Tigers win at WandoOnly hours after learning she had been named the Class [more]

4A Girls Playoffs: Chiefs hit road running; MB stays hot

4A Girls Playoffs: Chiefs hit road running; MB stays hotPlaying in a tough region has its perks. One of [more]

Strand cleans up Class 5A Player of the Year awards

Strand cleans up Class 5A Player of the Year awardsFor the first time since the SCHSL went to five [more]

Saints solve Titans to take region tournament crown

Saints solve Titans to take region tournament crownThe third time proved the charm for the Christian Academy [more]

Conway, Sumter share top All-Region 6-5A accolades

Conway, Sumter share top All-Region 6-5A accoladesConway High's Jimmy Nichols was voted Region 6-5A Player of [more]

MB girls bounce AC Flora; face Wilson in Lower State

MB girls bounce AC Flora; face Wilson in Lower StateThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team has been battling [more]

Lady Panthers' playoff run cut short by Goose Creek

Lady Panthers' playoff run cut short by Goose CreekDespite a hard-fought match, the historic run of the Carolina [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach