Price running from ahead by choice
By Jim Halley, USA TODAY
Easton (Pa.) Area's Chanelle Price prides herself on sacrificing for the good of the team, but when it comes to the 800 meters, the 17-year-old is a "me first" runner.
Price likes to grab an early lead, whether she's competing in the Pennsylvania 3A track and field championships or against Olympic gold medalist Maria Mutola and three-time USA Outdoor champion Hazel Clark-Riley, whom she will run against at the Prefontaine Classic on June 8 in Eugene, Ore.
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In the 800, She Could Be a Contender
By Sarah Lorge Butler, NY TIMES
Before she graduates from Easton (Pa.) Area High School on June 12, Chanelle Price has to finish writing two papers, take two final exams and run in one internationally renowned track meet.
Price, 17, earned a rare prize for a high school athlete: a spot in the 800-meter field at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on June 8 — a seven-woman field that includes an Olympic gold medalist (Maria Mutola) and top Americans like Alice Schmidt and Hazel Clark-Riley, who have competed in the world championships.
“I’m definitely excited,” Price said. “It’s probably going to be my hardest race ever. Of course, I’ll be a little nervous when I look over and see Maria Mutola, but I think I’ll be O.K. I’m excited to see how much my time drops with some competition.”
The Prefontaine Classic will give Price a valuable test for a more important meet at the end of June: the United States Olympic trials. The top three finishers at the trials make the United States team for the Beijing Games in August.
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Future Lady Vol Earns USA T&F Award
INDIANAPOLIS - University of Tennessee Lady Vol signee Chanelle Price has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after breaking a national record in the 800 meters Saturday at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (PIAA) Track & Field Championships in Shippensburg, Pa.
Price, a senior at Easton High School, completely dominated the girls’ 800m, crossing the finish line in two minutes 2.90 seconds. She finished almost 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Shaniel Chambers of Chester (2:12.18). Her performance broke former Lady Vol and four-time Olympian Joetta Clark-Diggs’ National Federation of High Schools record (2:04.50) and two-time Olympic medalist Kim Gallagher’s PIAA meet record (2:05.47). The time, which would currently rank her third in the NCAA Division I ranks, also was fast enough to earn a “B” qualifier for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Now in its seventh year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week. Price was previously honored this season on Jan. 22.
2008 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 8, Cheryl Foody; January 16, Nick Vena; January 22, Chanelle Price; January 29, Antwon Hicks; February 5, Adam Nelson; February 12, Lolo Jones; February 19, Adam Nelson; February 27, Michael Rodgers; March 3, Thomas Morgan; March 11, Bryan Clay; March 18, Bianca Knight; March 25, Phil Raschker; April 1, Orville Rogers; April 8, Lisa Koll; April 15, Ryan Hall, April 22, Deena Kastor; April 29, Leo Manzano; May 6, Shalane Flanagan; May 13, Bonnie Richardson; May 20, Jenn Stuczynski; May 27, Chanelle Price.