The 5-foot-9, 152-pound senior won the 100-meter dash with a state-record time of 10.63 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 21.97 seconds at the state meet this past spring, leading the Monarchs to third place as a team. Padron also anchored the 4x100 relay team to a state championship and was named MVP of the Interscholastic League of Hawaii. His clocking in the 100 ranked as the nation's No. 89 time by a prep competitor in 2017 at the time of his selection.
Padron has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Concordia University Irvine this fall.
An Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Padron has contributed to community-beautification initiatives and has volunteered locally feeding the needy. "Christian made the decision to be more serious about his body-he watched what he ate and drank, and started working more in the weight room," said Damien coach Bernard Samp. "It all worked, because he had a successful and injury-free season. He set his goals and he achieved them."