Unfinished business

The Baltimore Sun

Lee Reynolds has some business to take care of before he graduates. Reynolds - a running back on Poly's football team who will attend James Madison on a football scholarship next season - helped lead his indoor track team to consecutive state titles the past two seasons. This year, the senior captain plans on leading Poly to its first state championship in track and field. He started running as a sophomore and now runs the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 400 and 800 relays, in which he runs anchor. He has a 3.0 grade point average and plans on majoring in engineering or business.

How do you think the team is faring so far this season?

Good. I'm looking forward to the city championships in a couple weeks, and we want to get the state championship because we never got one. What does the team have this season that makes you think you can win states?

We have team chemistry. The graduating seniors, they were the bulk of our talent, but we still grew together as a team during indoor, so we all stick together and try hard and work hard at practice. What does it mean to you being a captain?

It means when they look at me, they look at an example. I can't mess up, because if I mess up, they have their right to say that I did it wrong, and that means they can do it wrong, so I have to set a good example. What do you like better, football or track?

That's a real hard question. I'd have to say football because I've been playing football since I was like 10, so it's probably that I'm more used to it, and I've only been running track for like three years, so football's my natural love. When you got the scholarship to James Madison, did you consider not running track and just preparing for next year?

Well there's only one thing I don't have. I have [an indoor] state championship, but I don't have an individual championship, so that's my main goal. I'm trying to get two individual state championships this year in the 100 and 200 because I never got those. I came in like fourth or fifth last year, and this year in indoor I came in third in both, so I just want to come in first in the 100 and the 200. How do you like running for coach Steve Williams?

That's the best coach I've ever met. He's like a father figure. He's everything that you ever asked for in a coach and a father and a man. He's been there whenever I needed him; late night, conversate, talk about anything. He's just ... he's everything. What kind of advice has he given you?

He's also my running backs coach, too, so he teaches me everything that he does. He once told me that he wants me to surpass whatever he did, and he went to the NFL and he could've run in the Olympics, so he's just as fast as anybody, so I'm just trying to do what he does. What do you hope to do careerwise?

I'm either going to hopefully go into the NFL or either become a civil engineer or mechanical engineer or some type of businessman. I've narrowed it down to being a businessman or engineer or some type of sports management. What's on your iPod?

Lil Wayne, Boosie, all that gangsta music. I also have a little bit of jazz and slow jams, like oldies too. So a little bit of everything. What do you like about jazz and oldies?

My father [Nathan Reynolds] is a musician, so when I was little, I used to always hear him play, so I always paid a little attention to it. It also soothes me. Before I got into sports, I used to play the saxophone, too. What is something most people don't know about you that you're willing to tell?

Normally people don't know that I'm a little shy. I wouldn't come off as shy because I know everybody and talk to everybody, but I'm a little shy.

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