Weatherford’s Kennadi Price – Character Counts Presented by Doug Pond American National Insurance

By John Tranchina

She wins just about every race she enters, so for Kennadi Price, cross country running is almost more of a mental exercise than anything else at this point. The Weatherford junior has never lost an important high school race, claiming the Class 4A individual state championship both as a freshman and a sophomore, not to mention also winning the 4A track and field state title in both the 1600 and 3200 meters both years as well.

She is usually the one out in front of the pack, so the biggest battle is inside her own head. “It’s really just me, how much I want to push myself, how I feel,” said Price, who also won the Meet of Champions each year, a 5K race that includes all the top runners from all classifications in Oklahoma. “Once I get up in front, it’s really just my mental game, like ‘Do you really want this? You need to push yourself more and more and more. It can be very difficult, but mental strength is a big part of running, and if you really want to be able to get times and get better, you have to tell yourself that you’re not hurting, you’re fine, just keep going. That’s mainly what I try to do. It’s tough, but it makes you better and it’s a big reason why I am where I am.”

Price sets her goals by targeting the times she is seeking, not necessarily on winning. After taking last year’s 4A state championship race, which is 3200 meters or two miles, in 11:53 (10 seconds ahead of Lady Eagles teammate Maicie Brown, who has since graduated), Price has lofty goals for this season. “We have already done four meets and two have been two miles, and my times haven’t been exactly where I want them to be,” admitted Price, who won the Oklahoma Baptist meet in Shawnee (a 3200 race in 12:10) on Sept. 14. “But that just gives me more motivation to just push myself more each and every day, and get better, never really get satisfied with your times. I’m just looking forward to bettering my time and (record a personal record) by a lot more than I did last year – kind of get in the low 11s with my two-mile time and breaking 19 with my 5K. Those are really my goals for this season.”

Price, who also plays basketball at Weatherford, has always loved running, but didn’t start cross country and track until seventh grade. “I’d always just go out and run,” she said. “I like challenging myself and pushing myself and seeing how far I can go, how much I can do. It’s just a big challenge, and honestly, running has always been a way, like an outlet for me. It’s just the way I was made.”