Crothersville eighth grader to compete in state track meet
CROTHERSVILLE — When Josh Reynolds prepares to run the 100 yards, he focuses on getting off the blocks hard and fast.
Then it’s all about accelerating fairly quickly in hopes of being the first across the finish line.
In just his second year of college track and field for Crothersville, the 14-year-old eighth-grader has won numerous races this spring running the 100 and 200 meter dashes and the 4×1 and 4×2 relays.
He was consistent in the 100m, posting a season best 11.84 seconds while competing at Seymour Middle School.
His times were listed on the MileSplit Indiana website, and his consistency in the 100 led to him being selected to compete in the Indiana Middle School State Track and Field Championship, which takes place Saturday at Gibson Track and Field. Indiana State University complex in Terre Haute.
He will be among the 36 competitors in this event, which is divided into four rounds of nine riders. He is in the fourth run with a time of 11.91. This time is listed because it was recorded during a meet with electronic timing. Seymour’s was made with stopwatches.
“I can’t wait to bring home the win. I’m here to win right now,” Reynolds said. “I really hope I can make a name for myself right now for the school. I want Crothersville to be seen.
For her father, Ryan Reynolds, it’s bittersweet. Having raced the same events when he was in high school, Ryan now sees his son going faster than him, and he’s only in eighth grade.
“At his age, he’s faster than I was as a senior, and I was quick. I know I was. Everyone says I was fast, but he’s faster and an eighth grader,” said Ryan, a 2000 graduate of Crothersville High School. “There were times when I choked on it. It’s always a dream just to see him run.
During practice on the school track on Monday night, Ryan said his son came out of the blocks smoothly. It’s good for his last college track meet.
“I think the most exciting part is just him,” Ryan said. “I don’t care if he wins. I don’t care if he loses. It’s a great experience for an eighth grader that a lot of eighth graders don’t have. His competitive spirit that he has, I would like to see him really good, but again, I don’t care if he does good. I’m just glad he’s here. He worked to do it, and he did.
Josh also plays basketball for Crothersville and is involved in baseball outside of school. It wasn’t until his seventh year that he decided to try athletics.
“I feel inspired by my father and my classmates who asked me to do this,” he said. “I guess I’m just naturally quick because of my genetics.”
Last year, he admits, was pretty tough since he was a rookie. Still, he helped the Tigers to a second-place finish in the Southern Athletic Conference meeting.
This year his dedication paid off and he won both his individual events and his relays and again helped guide the team to a second place finish. The Tigers only lost to Borden by eight points, and that’s because that school earned points in the pole vault, an event Crothersville doesn’t.
Ryan said the difference for his son in his individual events this year was a better understanding of blockages and how to get through them smoothly.
“But I think what really shocked me was that he gained almost a second faster doing literally nothing in a year,” Ryan said of Josh’s 100 time. “He hasn’t really had a growth spurt either. He’s just growing very slowly. … I hope he’s continuously growing slowly so his body has time to adjust and it’s not hard for him. him and that he can maintain himself.
Even more impressive, Josh is not far from Crothersville High School’s record in this event. That time is 11:16 a.m., set by Noah Hoskins in 2016. Hoskins is the college girls’ track and field coach.
Josh said he was surprised at how quickly he adapted to the track.
“In a meet in a few days and another meet, I cut a little over a whole second off the 100. I think that’s insane,” he said.
Whether it’s sledding practice or what he ate before each competition, Josh doesn’t know what the secret to his success is. He just hopes it continues.
He expects Saturday’s encounter to help him get through to high school next year.
“The track right now is my main priority,” said Josh.