Every year, 42,000 student athletes apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, a scholarship competition for seniors. El Dorado’s Christian Price was one of 7,500 selected as a school winner.

The senior just wrapped up his final cross country season for the Wildcats, placing 10th at the 4A State meet and earning First Team All-State accolades. Price ran a course best of 17:24 at Wamego, helping his team to a fourth place finish.

“The main thing that was going through my head during the whole race was to run for more than just myself. I also wanted to make it count because it was my last high school race,” said Price. The co-captain of the boy’s team stressed the team bond this year, believing that “when a team is really close and best friends, special things get accomplished.”

Special things did happen, as the team won the McPherson meet for the third time in four years, won their home meet for the first time since 1994, were runners-up at the AVCTL DIII League meet having won it in 2015 and 2016, and were runners-up at the 4A Regional, missing the championship by two points and qualifying as a team three out of the last four years. A common denominator here is the number four, the same number of years Price has been at El Dorado High School.

“Christian was motivated to have a good senior season. I think he was also wanting to help our boys get a good team score. His track experience has helped his overall speed as well,” Head Cross Country Coach Dave Herrs said.

Running is something that Price hopes to continue at the collegiate level. With his finish at State cross country this year and his 2017 4x800m relay State championship, he is currently shopping around for which college to compete for next fall. Wherever he chooses to go, he’d like to study sports management.

Price points to his work ethic for all of his achievements throughout his high school career.

“From the beginning, my parents have stressed the importance of giving my all in everything I do. Plus, I wouldn’t feel near as accomplished in areas of success if I wouldn’t have worked for it. Something about the sense of achievement I get from actually earning something really excites me.”

Both his work ethic and his leadership are things he has worked on and developed throughout other activities as well. Along with cross country, Price is involved in basketball, track, National Honor Society, DECA, student council, and is an adult leader within his church’s youth group.

“I have gained an enormous amount of leadership skills while in student council that I will take with me for the rest of my life,” the former vice-president said.

While Price was not chosen as a Heisman State winner, he is still happy with the man he has become. The credit, he says, all goes to his parents.

“My parents have always supported me in every little thing I have done. Both my mom and dad raised me to be a respectful, God-fearing man, and I could not be more thankful for the man they have shaped me into.”