Indoor Track Athlete of the Season: MV’s David Reynolds

  • Merrimack Valley’s David Reynolds (1) runs during the early stages of the 3,000-meter race at the Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at Dartmouth College on Feb. 3. Courtesy /

  • Merrimack Valley’s David Reynolds sprints across the finish line during the 3,000-meter run at the Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at Dartmouth College on Feb. 3. Courtesy /

Monitor staff
Published: 3/25/2019 3:55:12 PM

The distance events are often stacked with talent in Division II, and last year Merrimack Valley’s David Reynolds was one strong runner in a crowded field. But this season, Reynolds stood alone.

Reynolds has made the most of his senior year, building upon his cross country title in the fall by winning the 3,000-meter title at the D-II Indoor Track and Field Championships to earn Monitor Indoor Track Athlete of the Season honors.

Reynolds dominated the 3,000 at Dartmouth College on Feb. 3, leading wire-to-wire to win the race unchallenged by 18 seconds. The victory was especially sweet considering Reynolds lost the 3,000 title by less than a second – .84 seconds to be exact – last year.

“Last year I was really trying to get up there and be up front in lot of big races, but couldn’t quite win any of the big ones,” Reynolds said. “I broke away from a lot of the competition and had a lot more success this year. I was much more consistent.”

His title-winning performance was a fitting end of a season in which Reynolds went undefeated in the 3,000 against D-II competition and nearly went unbeaten against all Granite State harriers, save for a second-place finish to Concord’s Forest MacKenzie in an early regular-season meet.

Reynolds’ victory came in 9:00.38, setting the MV program record.

Reynolds was also a prolific scorer for the MV indoor track and field team throughout the season, picking up several victories in the 1,500 as well, and finished seventh in that event at the state meet, up from a 10th-place finish the season prior.

But that rise from an already elite runner to an even better one didn’t happen on its own. Reynolds increased his workout regiment, already greater than the majority of high school runners, to an even higher level, one that has earned him the admiration of his coaches.

“What we saw was continued growth with both physical and mental maturity,” said MV’s Dave Irving, who coaches the Pride distance runners and leads the program with fellow coaches Bob Mullen and Joey Ellis. “He knows how to train, and is exceptionally committed to training. It is normal for him to run seven miles at practice, plus strides and a core workout, then go to Colby-Sawyer pool and swim 4,000 yards, or bike 50K on a stationary bike at home. He is a talented tri-athlete, not just a one-and-done runner.”

The cross country certainly helps, but Reynolds also met the challenge of getting as much running in as possible in limited daylight in the winter months.

“I always keep the focus on the running,” Reynolds said. “We try and get out the door as fast as possible (in the afternoons). Nothing really beats running when you’re training for running.”

Reynolds also attributes the consistency of his performances to the consistency of his training, adding that “it’s the accumulation of each training day over the course of the season.”

Reynolds’ mental maturity has not only bolstered his own success, but also the success of those around him, including his twin brother Matt, freshman sister Sophia (who won the girls’ 3,000 title) and junior Emma York on the girls’ team.

“His leadership is subtle. The kids see what he can accomplish and are motivated by it,” Irving said. “We have a small core of runners who have really gotten their training to a science.”

The success of this year has Reynolds especially motivated for the outdoor track season, with practices already underway.

Reynolds and Irving both acknowledged Reynolds’ strength increases with the longer distances – (he is the reigning D-II runner-up in the 3,200 – but after a successful year in the 1,500, Reynolds believes.

“I feel like I may be able to do more in the 1,600 than in past years,” he said.

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