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All-State harrier Reynolds inks with Louisville

March 13, 2013
Not many distance athletes reach the state finals in cross country and track and field in all four years of their high school career.

North Harrison's Jonathan Reynolds, however, is a special runner. The Cougars distance runner reached the state finals all four years in cross country, and, thus far, has made an appearance at the track and field state three years with his senior campaign set to get underway.

Sitting with Jonathan Reynolds are his parents, Michelle and Troy Reynolds; standing, North Harrison Principal Steve Hatton, former North Harrison cross country assistant coach Jerry Love, North Harrison athletic director Hal Pearson, current North Harrison cross country coach Tim Martin and North Harrison track and field assistant coach Joe Kellum. Photo by Brian Smith
The payoff? The senior recently signed a National Letter of Intent to run at the University of Louisville.

"Before I made the decision, I thought about it every day," Reynolds said. "Coaches were starting to want a decision sooner because I decided later than a lot of other people. Coaches are anxious because they have scholarships to balance out."

Reynolds will join familiar company wearing the Cardinals colors, including North Harrison alum Tyler Byrne, who is in his junior year of eligibility in cross country and his sophomore year on the indoor/outdoor track and field team.

"Tyler didn't try to influence my decision a whole lot, but he told me the things he liked about Louisville," Reynolds said. "It was the same thing with (the University of Southern Indiana) with (North Harrison alumnus) Johnnie (Guy), Josh (Guy) and Jason Head. It was nice to have those resources."

Although Reynolds took four official visits to colleges, the decision came down to Louisville and USI.

"I really leaned toward Louisville mainly because of academics," Reynolds said. "Both athletic programs impressed me a lot. I plan on majoring in engineering, with (Louisville's) Speed School impressing me. I talked to some professors and that's what (North Harrison alumni) Ryan Byrne went through when he ran there. I'm happy with the decision and look forward to next year."

Reynolds has steadily improved during his four years on the cross country course. At state, he finished 56th as a freshman (17:16) then improved to 39th as a sophomore (16:17), 36th as a junior (16:12) and capped prep career with 12th as a senior (15:34). He also won the Crawford County sectional and regional this season.

"All-State this cross country season was a big goal," he said. "I've always been on the brink of it, and to finally get into the top 15 was big."

Accomplishments on the track have been equally impressive.

Competing in the 1,600, Reynolds was 16th as a freshman (4:26.6), 14th as a sophomore (4:20.1) and 20th as a junior (4:24.6). Last season, Reynolds put a lot of energy into the 3,200 relay team's 12th-place finish with an astounding time of 7:57.9.

"This track season I see it as I've already accomplished All-State, and that's a middle accomplishment for me. I'd like to place a lot higher since I don't have to worry about All-State," Reynolds said. "I can just go for it all in the mile. As of now (the plan) is to also run the two mile at state, which I haven't run at that level, so it'll be a new experience."

Reynolds said he'll also keep his eye on the Cardinals.

"It's a lot more fun watching (Louisville) results now, knowing those are my teammates next season," he said.

He's also created a motivational tactic from choosing Louisville.

"I have North Harrison I am running for but also have another school to impress. I see it as more motivation," Reynolds said.

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