COLUMBUS, NJ - Last week, rising star Cheney Price was the only New Providence spring track athlete, amongst a program that won sectional titles on both the boys and girls side, as he tied for sixth place at the pole vault event, that saw him reach 14 feet, an astonishing feat that only a handful of other pole vaulters could accomplish in the state.
There is no saying what Price can’t accomplish, as he still has incredibly high aspirations for his final two years in high school. After a season that saw temperatures range from freezing cold to an unbearable heat, all of the hard work the sophomore put in during the long three-month season paid off with his strong conclusion to the season, but Price says he isn’t done yet.
“Next season, I want to break the overall school record of 15 feet in the winter track season and win the outdoor Tournament of Champions,” Price said of his future goals. “I think that these goals are both very obtainable at the rate I am going now.”
Heading into the event, Price had never even attained the mark he reached later that day, as 13 feet had been the height he had capped out on, so there was no better time for him to capture a new personal record. In fact, if he couldn’t have beaten his old top height, he wouldn’t have even placed in the top 10 at the event, so he was rightfully pleased with his effort.
“During the meet, I felt really well during warm ups and was properly executing my jumps,” said Price, on how he felt before his event. “After my first clear at opening height I was confident and enjoying the competition. I felt amazing after hitting the mat after the bar stayed up on 14 feet.”
“It was truly an amazing feeling.”
Price humbly accredits a lot of success to his family, as both of his older brothers were track stars in their time at New Providence High School, as well as both of his parents, who he says pushes him to be the best competitor he can possibly be.
With that mentality and skill, it seems as if the sky is the limit for Price, and he has two more years to continue to shatter NPHS records.