Parents of twins will tell you it’s no secret that what one twin sister or brother wants, the other is sure to want the same thing.
Gibsonburg’s Kendall and Colleen Reynolds are no different.
A year ago, Colleen won the Division III state title in the 400-meter dash while her older sister, Kendall, settled for a second straight 13th-place finish in the 400 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Both sisters qualified to last Friday and Saturday’s D-III state championships yet again, and this time both of them came back with medals. Colleen placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 57.56 seconds, while Kendall placed sixth in the 100 dash in 12.66.
Gibsonburg junior Colleen
|Gibsonburg junior Kendall
Reynolds. Photo courtesy
of Innovations Portrait
Kendall ran the exact same time in the 100 in last year’s preliminary race, but was unable to advance to the finals – by one spot.
“This year was probably my most nerve-wracking year,” Kendall said. “I’ve wanted to get on the (awards) podium so bad. It was stressful, but I got there. I worked really hard to get there. It was exciting. You just knew all the work you put in was so worth it. I was really close last year. That was a bummer, but I was excited for Colleen, too.”
Colleen, who is younger by eight minutes, said Kendall’s sixth-place finish last Saturday was “awesome.”
“I’m glad she finally got that opportunity as well,” Colleen said. “It’s exciting to be on the journey together. I wouldn’t be able to do it without her.”
Kendall ran a 12.65 in Friday’s prelims, which was just off the personal-best time of 12.44 she ran in the district prelims.
“It was definitely a relief to get into the finals,” Kendall said. “You just knew everything you worked so hard for got you to the final day of the final meet of the year. You couldn’t go any farther.”
The 100 dash, obviously, gets over pretty fast, so runners can have a difficult time recalling every nuance of the race. Kendall’s finals time of 14.66 was the third time she’s run that time this season.
“I just wanted to PR,” she said. “I wanted to place top eight. I think I had a pretty decent start. Towards the end I passed a girl or two. My finish was definitely better. I would say it was one of my smoother races. It happens so fast, it’s hard to remember everything. I was tense at regionals and I was more relaxed at state. Just knowing you got to state was relaxing.”
Gibsonburg coach Glenn Owens said Kendall “did great.”
“Overall, she ran well in the prelims and the finals,” he said. “It was a huge thing for her to get on the podium for the first time.”
Colleen, who clocked in at 57.64 in Friday’s prelims, said she felt some pressure to repeat as state champion in the 400 and it was difficult to relax.
“I wanted to (win) it again, and I put pressure on myself,” she said. “I trained hard to get there and it was disappointing to not get it. I like the outer lanes. I was in lane 4. Last year I was in lane 6. It was a little bit on my mind this year, but I couldn’t control it. It makes me want to work harder for next year. It makes me want to have more fun with it next year.”
Reynolds finished in 57.56 after winning the state title in 56.57 last June. How close was Reynolds to placing third instead of fourth last Saturday? Third place finisher Maggie Poorman, a junior from Smithville, finished in 57.559 — one-thousandth of a second ahead of Reynolds.
“Colleen didn’t feel that great coming down the front stretch and the other girls caught her,” Owens said. “She was out front like normal; she just tied up a little bit. She was definitely disappointed. She’s been working hard for that all year.”
Colleen said she started off strong and passed another runner on the outside early in the race.
“I probably should have slowed down and strided out better on the back stretch, to save myself for the finish,” she said. “I gave it everything I had the whole way. I was winning until probably 10-20 meters left, and then three girls caught me at the end. It was disappointing, but I was definitely glad I was able to get back there. It was a big accomplishment to get there again, so I’m not totally sad. It gives me something more to work for next year.”
Gibsonburg junior Tyler Hovis competed in the boys’ D-III state meet and finished 16th in the shot put. He fouled on his first attempt, threw 46-4¾ on his second attempt and fouled on his third attempt and was unable to advance to the finals.
The Reynolds twins, Hovis, and any other Gibsonburg athlete who won a league, district, or regional championship, or qualified for state, is on this week’s Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Track and Field Honor Roll.