Cheyenne’s Colby Perez – Weatherford-Elk City Area Boys Track Poll Winner – Presented by Harley-Davidson World

Running seems to be in Colby Perez’s DNA. His mother is the one who first influenced him to run “because of her many state titles,” he says. He has beeing competing in track since he was in kindergarten. Now the Cheyenne sophomore competes in the 200, 400, 4X1 relay, and the 800 meter dash, the latter of which is his favorite.

Perez had quite an obstacle to overcome last season, after breaking his pelvis running the 200. It has made him appreciate getting to run that much more.

“I have had to resort to running sprints with no blocks and no spikes,” he said. “This year has made me truly appreciate being one hundred percent healthy.”

His favorite thing about being on the Cheyenne track team is his encouraging coach.

“What I like most about competing for my school is my track coach, Brook Simms, pushing me every day trying to make me the best runner I can be,” he said.

Perez’s mother influenced more than just his desire to run. She has been someone he looks up to in all areas of life.

“I have always looked up to my mom as a role model for my running as well as setting a basis for my everyday life,” he said. “She has taught me that nothing comes easy and you have to work for everything you want to be successful at doing.”

Perez keeps himself motivated in and out of athletics by remembering his core beliefs.

“The fact that I believe that I should do everything to the best of my ability and give all the glory to God,” he said.

Perez will keep working hard to achieve his goal of earning a scholarship for track so that he can continue running in college.