Turner Ashby's Paige Price has been a hurdler since the eighth grade. Price says it's a family thing.
"My mom ran hurdles and all of my cousins have run hurdles so they were like, 'You need to try it, you need to try it,' and I was really short but I tried it anyways," said Price.
It's worked out well for her. Price, who runs the 100m, 200m, 300m and 4x400 relay, has been named All-District, All-Region and All-State, but the honor she's most proud of is the coach's award."
"It's not only for running, it's also for being a team leader and always helping out the team, striving to do the best in practice and giving my all, all the time," said Price.
"She is the coach's athlete," added track coach Denise Shiflet. "She's on the track, first one out last one to leave. She's constantly got a game plan in her head. She's determined to accomplish whatever her mind is set on."
Price is headed to Virginia Tech in the fall and has plans to become a veterinarian. She's ranked 11th in her class, with a 4.1 GPA.
"Since middle school, I was always one of those kids that had to get good grades, and it was just expected of me."
"I like students who ask questions. Sometimes I wonder if she's asking questions to kill time," said teacher Bill Kyger while joking. "But most of the time, the questions she asks are right on task and right on target, and I think demonstrate a sincere desire to learn."
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