Illinois Standout Ava Parekh Commits To Stanford University

Late Sunday evening, Chicago Latin School's (IL) Ava Parekh, the No. 13 ranked recruit in the Class of 2022, made her commitment to Stanford University.

She joins recent pledges such as Caroline Wells of Winter Springs (FL) and Gavin Sherry of Conard (CT), both of whom made their commitments to the Cardinal within the last week.

Parekh, a two-way athlete in both cross country and track and field, enters her senior season with personal bests of 2:14.92 in the 800m, 4:46.20 in the 1600m, 4:51.66 in the mile, 10:16.73 in the 3,200m, and 10:18.77 in the two-mile. In cross country, she owns a 3-mile PR of 16:33.90 and a 5K best of 17:32.90.

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Parekh is a three-time IHSA Class 2A outdoor champion, and largely has had strong performances against national competition across her three seasons in track and field. 

She also has had top finishes at the IHSA Class 2A Cross Country State Championships, where she finished fourth as a freshman and third as a sophomore.

While the state's annual cross country championships were canceled last year due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Illinois, Parekh won the XC Championships in replace of it. The meet was considered the unofficial state-title meet of 2020. 

* Parekh took the victory at the 2021 Hornet/Red Devil Invitational

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Even with limited racing opportunities, Parekh showcased her talents and looked sharp at the XC Town USA Meet of Champions, where she finished third with a season best time of 17:36 for 5K. She was later named the 2020 Gatorade Illinois Girls Cross Country Player Of The Year for her accomplishments, both on and off the course. 

Parekh has an opportunity in 2021 to bring home her first individual cross country state championship title, and potentially at the national level as well. 

* Parekh wins the adidas Indoor Nationals mile in a personal best of 4:47.17

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After having a strong cross country season, Parekh carried the momentum to the adidas Indoor Nationals. She won the mile in a lifetime best of 4:47.17 and she also earned a third-place finish in the two-mile with another personal best of 10:15.96. 

Parekh was able to defend her 3,200m IHSAA Class 2A state title, was second in the 1,600m and fourth in the 800m. She concluded her junior season with a sixth-place finish at Brooks PR.

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