Peter Slezak - Senior
Peter is a second year high school cross country and two year Letterman.
Son of Paul and Karen Slezak.
2018 & 2019 Letterman
2018 Fastest New Runner Award Winner
2018 Personal Best Time 17:58
2019 Personal Best Time 18:50 (18:02*)
2018 Medalist at the Charleston Invitational
Fastest Top Junior Times List for the PND & Metamora Invitationals
Fastest Top Senior Times List for the Springfield, U-High, & Metamora Invitationals
2018 News-Gazette Prep Cross Country Leaders List in September & October
2019 News-Gazette Prep Cross Country Leaders List in October
2019 State Qualifier - alternate
As a junior, Peter joined
us from the track team. Peter
showed a great amount of discipline
the summer before his junior
year. He ran over 300 miles to
earn our team's 300 mile club
award. His teammates really
admired him for taking care of them
over the summer. Peter quickly
adapted to the miles of a distance
runner. He ran with a pack in
his first meet to run a 18:38.
He earned a medal by finishing 38th at
the Charleston Invitational.
Peter earned a spot on the
News-Gazette Prep Cross Country
Leaders List in September. Peter
ran a 19:51 at the Monticello triangular
meet. He placed 30th overall. Peter
ran 5th for the team at the Peoria Notre Dame
Invitational. He had a big personal best and
broke into the 17's. He ran a 17:58 for a 40
second improvement. His lifetime best earned
him the 40th spot on our top junior times list at
the PND invitational. He has really adapted
quickly to running the longer distances.
Peter earned his first high school cross country
varsity letter after the PND meet. Peter earned a
spot on the News-Gazette Prep Cross Country
Leaders List in October. Peter ran a 18:17
on a very muddy course at the Metamora
Invitational. He earned the 32nd spot on our
team's fastest junior times at the Metamora
Invitational. He helped his teammate break
into the 18s for the first time in this race by
pulling him along the course. Peter ran 7th
for the team at the Conference meet. He
helped the team place 2nd. He earned a spot
on our team's State meet roster his junior
year. Peter ran 5th for the team at the
Regional meet. He ran a 18:04 in the 20 plus
mph winds. He helped his team qualify for
the Sectional meet. Peter won our team's
fastest new runner award his junior year.
As a senior, Peter continued to show he was a caring leader in the preseason. He was often bragged on by his younger teammates that he took care of them. The parents also thought the world of him for going out of his way to take care of the younger runners. Peter ran a 20:16 at the Charleston Invitational. He finished stride for stride with his teammate. Peter had a big improvement at the Springfield Invitational. Despite it being a more challenging course he cut off nearly half a minute. He ran a 19:50. He ran 2nd for our team in the open race helping them to a 5th place finish out of 20 plus teams. Peter's time was fast enough to earn him a spot on the fastest top senior times list for our team at the Springfield Invitational. Peter cut off 60 seconds from his season best at the U-High Invitational. He broke into the 18s with a 18:50. This earned him the 31st spot on our team's fastest senior times list at the U-High Invitational. Peter cut off another 48 seconds at the Metamora Invitational to run an 18:02. This was a 15 second improvement from his time last year at this same meet. His time was fast enough to earn him the 39th spot on our team's fastest senior times list at the Metamora Invitational. He earned enough points after this meet to earn his varsity letter. Peter earned a. spot on the News-Gazette's leaders list in October. He ran a 19:01 on our very challenging course at the conference meet. He improved 19 seconds from last year's conference meet. Peter made his mark on our program by being one of the kindest and caring individuals I have ever known. He was a great mentor to our younger runners and showed them how to be a man of great character.