HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Already a landmark day for Randolph's riding program turned historic, as the program earned its first-ever national championship, courtesy of junior Reynolds Martin (Ruckersville, Va./Albemarle).
With the win in the individual novice equitation on the flat segment, Martin earns Randolph's first-ever national title in any sport.
Martin and sophomore Meaghan Hynes (York, Maine/York) made the trip together, becoming the first duo of riders in program history to reach IHSA Nationals in the same year.
In the individual intermediate equitation on the flat segment of the afternoon, Hynes rode well and earned herself a third place finish, becoming the first rider in the history of the program to finish in the top five nationally.
"It's pretty awesome," Hynes said of her finish aboard Rex. "I was confident going in and felt like I had a great ride."
To see some of Hynes's ride, click here.
Next up was Martin, who also rode on the flat, but in the novice section.
After an impeccable ride on Leroy, Martin lined up with her 15 counterparts for the awards ceremony.
The list, read backwards, left fewer and fewer riders standing before Martin learned the news that she would be crowned as the national champion of the individual novice equitation on the flat discipline.
To watch Martin's emotional reaction to the news, click here.
"I was on a really great horse and he didn't give me any problems at all," Martin said. "The horse was great and gave a great ride."
"This is an amazing day for our program," head coach Chris Mitchell said. "I am so proud of both of them and am excited to have them both back next year."