Reynolds signs to run cross country at Newberry | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 21, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
“Most of my life, soccer has been my first love; however, I have been running since I was five.”
Shelton Reynolds signed his NLI to run cross-country for Newberry College on Thursday April 14 at Colleton County High School. The Newberry Wolves compete in the South Atlantic Conference in Division II.
Reynolds, who also received offers from Spartanburg Methodist, Montreat College and Centre College, said the decision to attend Newberry was one he made easily after visiting the campus. “I liked the fact that Newberry was not far away from my home,” admitted Reynolds. “I also was very impressed with Coach Peterson. I like the fact that Newberry is small and after I visited, I knew it was the right fit for me. Academics were also very important in my decision.”
A member of the Cougar cross-county team for the past two seasons, Reynolds also participates in soccer and track. He was the first male cross-country runner to receive All-Region selection (2015) for CCHS since 2005. His athletic awards for cross-country include Sportsmanship Award, Senior Award, State Qualifier Award and Best Runner Award. He also earned a second-place finish in the Gamecock Invitation for track. In soccer, he was chosen as All-Region (2015) and All-Lowcountry Honorable Mention (2015).
George Smith, Cougar cross-country coach, believes Reynolds has a bright future ahead of him. “We are proud of him,” stated Smith during the signing ceremony. “He has done a great job for us and he is going to represent Colleton County well at Newberry. He is a great all-around student and athlete.”
Cougar Soccer Coach Shane Fidler also had high praise for Reynolds. “Shelton runs track and plays soccer, while not missing a beat in the classroom,” said Fidler. “He practices 100% every drill — no matter what — while playing competitively all the time. We are so proud of him and wish him the best at Newberry. He is a great example for younger players who hope to follow in his footsteps.”
Reynolds acknowledged that the hard work to reach his goal of participating in collegiate athletics was worth it. He also admitted he had a lot of help along the way. “I had two great seasons over the past two years, where I worked hard and trained daily,” said Reynolds. “I also had wonderful coaches during my career like Ed Fitch, My’Linda O’Quinn, Shane Fidler, Trey Bailey and, of course, George Smith. They all encouraged me to give my all and never give up.”
In addition to thanking his family and coaches, Reynolds also had a special message. “I want to mention someone who is not here any longer, but who was a very special part of my life,” he said. “My Aunt Dottie Nettles was killed in a car accident when I was in the fourth grade. Some of my favorite memories are attending the Walterboro Bulldog football games with her. I wish she was here to be with me now, but I have a feeling she is smiling down from above!”
The son of Kirk and Mickie Reynolds of Walterboro, Shelton has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked No. 33 in his class of 271 students at CCHS. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has received three academic letters, perfect attendance (2013-14), Golden Paw recipient (2014-15) and good citizenship (2014-15).