Holland Reynolds

December 3, 2010 by staff 

Holland Reynolds, It came with a serious warning, but the girls from the University became the most successful team in the state cross country history, saying the race of the Division V CIF State Championships in Fresno Saturday.

The Red Devils finished with 88 points favored to 119 for second place College Prep-Oakland to claim their eighth title in a tie with Corona del Mar-Newport Beach.

Bridget Blum was finishing up the University in third place (18:25), followed by Jennie Callan (16th) and Adrian Kerestes (25th). No. 2 team finalist, Holland Junior Reynolds, the race among the top five, has slowed to a walk down the stretch, and then collapsed from dehydration.

“It took him 22 seconds toanlyze 2 meters and on the line,” University coach Jim Tracy said. “It was one of the scariest things, but the most inspiring I’ve ever seen.”

Reynolds moved from fifth to 37th overall, but finished fifth and final point-getter for the team clinch the title. She and her teammates really wanted to win for Tracy, who in June was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The coach said Holland has made a full recovery, just before the awards ceremony 45 minutes after the race.

“When they announced we won, the team has exploded like fireworks exploded,” said Tracy. “I know that such pressure to do so well for me, and then for them to see their teammate down, it was exhausting. I’ve never been happier for a group of children. It was an incredible day. “

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