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Paul Reynolds
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2012 Individual Award Winner


    A 1972 graduate, Reynolds made his mark on the illustrious cross country and track history of Centralia High School.  After being the individual champion at the District Meet, Reynolds didn't let a recurring hip ailment hold him back.   He went on to finish fourth as the Orphans captured the 1970 IHSA Sectional cross country title.  At the 1970 State Meet he placed 32nd, helping his team finish 6th place (HOF 2010). 
   1971 proved to be an even better cross country season as Reynolds again being the District champion, placed 2nd (to Craig Virgin) in the Sectional.  The Centralia team again took the title.

   At the 1971 State Meet Reynolds placed 29th as CHS team surprised the rest of the state by placing 2nd (HOF 1990).  The Orphans won South-Seven titles in both 1970 and 1971.  Reynolds placed 2nd to teammate Charlie Simpson in 1971, but was unable to compete in the 1970 conference meet.

   On the track he made news early on.  In 1970, competing as a sophomore, he placed 6th in the two-mile run at the State Meet, with a school record time of 9:27.9.  He was also South-Seven Conference two-mile champion in a meet record time of 9:33:5.  He was Orphan Relay champion in 9:35.5, and took the district title on his way to his state performance.

   In 1971 Reynolds set a new CHS record in the mile run at 4:21.8.  He teamed up with Ed Royal, Mike Heitkamp and Simpson to win the two-mile relay at the Orphan Relay's, with a record time of 8:06.8.  This was the third best time in the nation for this event that season.
   With his often ailing hip he placed second to Simpson in the South-Seven Conference two-mile in a time of 10:08.8.  He was unable to compete in the 1971 Sectional due to his ailment.  In 1972 he again was part of a record setting two-mile relay team of Heitkamp, Simpson and Stan Vannier.  The foursome set a new Orphan Relay record of 7:52.3, and later set the school record at 7:49.5.  This record still stands.

   Reynolds also teamed with brother Ben, Marc Profancik, and Doug Seger to set the standard in the four-mile relay at 18:34.  He captured the South-Seven Conference two-mile in a meet record time of 9:20.2.  At the 1972 District Meet Reynolds ran a record 9:19.8 to win the two-mile and placed second in the mile to qualify for the state meet in both events.  At the state meet he ran the mile in 4:24.5, but did not make the finals.  In the two-mile he placed 7th in a school record time of 9:19.5 (since surpassed).




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