Eaton High School junior Seth Reynolds competed in the 110-meter hurdles Friday, June 6, at the state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. This season was Reynolds’ first in track.
He has played baseball, as well, but said it was starting to get boring for him.
“So I decided to try something new,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds’ basketball and track coach Randy McKinney thought Reynolds would do well in track and field because he was able to jump.
“I knew he could jump and had just tremendous athletic ability,” McKinney said.
Reynolds also said he knows he has a talent for jumping.
“I’m really good at jumping, like for basketball,” Reynolds said. “He thought that he could do well with me in the long jump so that’s what I originally started doing.”
Reynolds also did some high jump, but said eventually they learned he was good at the hurdles.
Reynolds said although he didn’t run his best race at state, he is excited for next year and proud of himself for making it to state.
“I think it’s great, I’m really happy with myself,” Reynolds said. “I didn’t run my best there, but I’m happy that I got there.”
Reynolds said he was focused on getting his legs right this year and plans to work on improving his arms and his technique next year.
McKinney said Reynold’s accomplishment of advancing to state is a testament to his athletic ability.
“For never having been involved with track until this year, to come out and qualify your first year to the state championships is just something kids don’t do,” McKinney said.
McKinney said Reynolds’ has a good work ethic.
“It’s just amazing what he’s accomplished and the way he’s managed to pick up the skills that the hurdles require in such a short period of time is just amazing,” McKinney said. “He’s a very determined and a very gutsy kid. He just works hard.”
McKinney said he is excited to see what Reynolds is able to accomplish during next year’s track season.
“He has a very exciting future with what he’s capable of potentially doing in another year with those hurdles,” McKinney said. “We won’t spend the first three weeks trying to figure out what he can do.”