Louisville, KY --- WPI rookie David Reynolds (Andover, NH) placed 113 at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Championship, hosted by Spaulding, at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday morning.
Reynolds finished in a time of 25:33.4. He got off to a stellar start, showing in 74th place (3:05.7) after 1K. After slipping to 135th overall (12:50.1) midway through the 8K event, Reynolds surged ahead 28 spots in the second half of the race to ensure the freshman finished in the top 40% of the field.
It was the third time a WPI cross-country runner participated in the NCAA Division III Championships. Austin Scott complied a time of 25:20.1 (65th place) at the 2015 meet in Wisconsin and WPI Hall of Famer Dave Berthiaume '91 finished in 59th (26:05.03) at the 1990 championship in Grinnell, IA.
Just one week ago, Reynolds earned All-New England status with a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Regional to become one of 56 individuals nationally, who were not part of a qualifying team, to earn a berth to the title meet.
Reynolds had an outstanding freshman campaign, finishing as the top WPI runner in five of the six events he competed in, including third places finishes at the UMass Minutemen Invitational, the UMass Dartmouth Invitational and the NEWMAC Championships, which earned him All-NEWMAC honors.
With Reynolds leading the way, the Engineers took the UMass Dartmouth Invitational title and registered a program-best eighth-place finish at the regional meet. He also helped the Crimson and Gray set the program record for fewest points in the team's runner-up finish at the NEWMAC Championships while his third place showing was the best ever by a WPI runner.