Warren’s Perdue off to run track, cross country at Malone
VINCENT — Warren High School’s Brennan Perdue will continue his running career as a student-athlete for the Division II Malone University Pioneers, who compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
Perdue, who is currently playing basketball for the Warriors and ready to earn his second letter, was a four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track.
Now, he’ll be running for first-year head coach Noah Schaud.
“Coach reached out to me early in the cross country season,” admitted Perdue, who was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honoree in both track and cross country as well as being named the 2021 co-district track athlete of the year. “He just took over.
“He reached out a couple times on the phone. When I went up to visit, it just seemed like the right place for me. The guys up there were very, very welcoming. As soon as I got there, they were all introducing me. I got involved in all the activities they were going into that night. They just said, ‘You are one of us.'”
Of course, Perdue still has track season following his final year of hoops. Last spring, he was a state qualifier for the Warriors in both the 4×4 and the 4×8.
“I’m definitely excited because I feel up there I’m going to have some teammates who are definitely going to push me to be better every single day,” added Perdue, who carries a 3.4-plus cumulative GPA and plans to major in social work. “It’s (going to college) a privilege not everybody is guaranteed to have. I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity.
“One of the guys I actually ran with my freshman year, he ran at Unioto, and he’s actually one of them that got coach to start looking at me. He reached out to me and told me he’d be excited to have me up there. One of my senior captains my freshman year actually introduced me to Tucker (Markko) and he’s a great runner himself.”
Although Perdue said he talked to a couple of other programs, his heart was all but set after making his official visit to campus back in October.
“For me, running is just kind of a stress reliever,” he added. “Once I got into it back in junior high, it’s just something I’ve continued to progress with. I’m definitely looking forward to indoor (track).
“I definitely prefer track over cross country. I prefer shorter distances, but I’ll do whatever I got to do to get the job done.”
Perdue, who is also a multiple time All-East Central Ohio League honoree in both track and cross country, actually gets the job done in more places than just athletics and academics.
“I’m in a leadership class here,” Perdue explained. “I’m having a clothing drive on Dec. 3 at our home (basketball) game versus Dover. I’m also part of student council, and we raise money for Christmas families in need. I’m going to donate all the clothes to the families in need that we work with.”
When asked if he had any set athletic goals for his upcoming time at Malone, Perdue responded “if I could make it to nationals for either cross country or track by the end of my senior year in college that would be amazing.”
For now, Perdue is hoping to help the basketball team put together another strong season before he puts his best effort forward during his last track season.
“I’m kind of torn,” Perdue replied when asked about being ready for college and leaving the Warrior community behind. “I’m going to miss most of my friends here, but I’m definitely excited to go to college and have that new chapter in my life.”
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