Dean Reynolds of Hanover-Horton won the 800-meter run state title at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 finals on Saturday at Jenison High School. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
(June 8, 2021 4:06 PM) Hanover-Horton High School track and field runner Dean Reynolds has proved time and time again he can run with the top talent in Michigan.
Last Saturday he proved it again with a win in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state track and field finals in the 800-meter run.
Reynolds won the event with a time of 1 minute, 55.15 seconds at Jenison High School. The time is a new school record according to the school’s sports website.
The Hanover-Horton senior – now graduate – also qualified to run in the 1,600-meter run at the state meet but chose to concentrate on the 800 as temperatures neared 90 degrees on Saturday.
“I have run both events in the past, but the 800 was my main concentration today,” Reynolds said after the win.
Reynolds was hooked up with fellow competitor – and friend – Alec Shaw of Homer in the 800-meter final. Reynolds had edged Shaw twice at the regional meet with wins by hundreds of seconds in the 1,600- and 800-meter events.
Shaw had the lead in the first 400 meters of the 800 finals on Saturday, but Reynolds poured it on to win the event.
“I ran the first 400 with a stride and then gave it all I had in the final 400,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds defeated Shaw by more than two-and-a-half seconds and Hunter Jones of Benzie Central by more than a second.
He will join Spring Arbor University on the cross country and track and field teams.
Reynolds was one of three Hanover-Horton runners who earned all-state honors by finishing in the top eight in his/her event.
Sophomore Rogan Melling finished eighth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:09.
Senior Kathryn Childs finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.97 seconds. It is the second time Childs has qualified for the state finals, but the first all-state medal for her.
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