Both Todd Holbrook and John Tatter should be contenders to be all-state in the NCHSAA 4A this season. They will look to lead a Reynolds program back to qualifying a team to the state meet. Holbrook was apart of the special team Reynolds had two years ago that finished 4th in XC where he was the #7 runner as a freshman. Holbrook has really blossomed into a star runner and snagged a podium finish at the outdoor state meet last season. You cannot find more of a breakout year as Holbrook went from finishing 120th in 2013, 125th in 2014, the 14th in 2015 at the NCHSAA 4A State Championships for XC. Teammate John Tatter will be a junior and lived up to the potential he showed as a freshman. He ran 4:27 and 9:21 last spring and was an all-state finished in XC as he was 10th at the 4A state meet.
Where Reynolds goes from a good team with two superstars to an overall great team is with improvement of their 3rd through 5th runner. Thomas Anthony showed a lot of promise last spring running 4:39 for 1600 and 10:10 for 3200. He will be a senior this year and will be looking to leave it all on the table this fall. He should be a solid #3 for RJR this fall. Anderson Ward, Ian Creech, John Paynter and Gage Stowers will battle it out for the 4th and 5th spot this fall. These guys are around the mid 17 to low 18 minute mark over 5k and will have a lot of ground they'll need to make up if they wanna help bring a team to the state championship this fall. The 4A Midwest as always will be one of the strongest regions this year. If they can get close to the low 17 minute mark it could fair well for RJR this fall. With Tatter and Holbrook scoring minimal points in most races they attend they are essentially scoring three runners. If they can cut the gap they currently have over 3-5 down, I like RJR's chances to advance out of the Midwest region as a team.