Runner Crawls To Finish For Coach And Team

She collapsed meters before the finish and crawled across the line.

At the California State Cross Country meet last Saturday, 16-year-old Holland Reynolds did something extraordinary: After hitting “the wall” with literally meters to go to the finish, the star runner from University High School crawled across the finish line. Her determination paid off. She finished in 37th place, which was good enough for her team to clinch the title.

Recalling the incident afterwards, Reynolds said, “I was going to make my move, but for some reason my legs just gave out. I was confused, and I started to slow down.”

Before the race, Reynolds, the team captain, led a cheer for their coach, Jim Tracy, who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“I think that made the team really want to win it for Jim,” Reynolds said.

Last Saturday’s race was University High School’s eighth state championship. They are now the most successful team in California cross-country history.

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