RICHMOND, INDIANA — Seth Reynolds, an Eaton High School graduate, needed just a little more than 16 seconds to make Indiana University East track and field history.
Reynolds, who recently completed his sophomore season in the Red Wolf track and field program, became IU East’s first track and field All-American on the strength of a sixth-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in March.
He is the IU East Men’s Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.
“Thirteen hours in the car for 16.49 seconds (Reynolds’ total time in his two races at the indoor national meet), but it was worth every second,” said David Sanders, IU East’s track and field coach this past season.
“I’m so proud of Seth on all of his accomplishments. Last year (Reynolds’ freshman year), he was a little bummed because he missed qualifying for nationals both indoor and outdoor by a little bit. He came in this year with the goal of making it to nationals, and he exceeded expectations.”
Reynolds also qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in the 110 meter hurdles, becoming the first Red Wolf to compete in the NAIA’s indoor and outdoor national championships in the same school year.
In all, Reynolds set six individual school records and was part of two relay school records during sophomore year. He won the River States Conference championship in the 110 meter hurdles. He even took part in a decathlon in mid-May — and nearly hit the national meet qualifying standard.
“Seth Reynolds is a name you will always hear about at IU East track and field,” Sanders said. “When you are the first to do something in program history that is very special. To go from not qualifying the year before to an All-American requires ton of work, and he worked really hard. He is going to continue to work, and I expect more great things from Seth.”