Eileen Reinhardt (The Harley School, Class of 2017) is a 2-sport athlete who ran both cross country and track and field for HAC for 5 years. Reinhardt specializes in distance running and this past fall led the varsity girls cross country team to a perfect 40-0 record, a first in girls cross country history. She also helped the Wolves earn their 2nd consecutive Section V Class D title after finishing 2nd overall out of 70 runners at Section V’s Class D Championship race.
Reinhardt and the girls cross country team qualified for the New York State Championship meet, helping HAC finish 4th overall while representing Section V. It was HAC’s first appearance in the NYS Championship Meet since 2000.
As a junior, Reinhardt finished 1st overall in both the 1500m and 800m run to help lead HAC’s varsity girls track team to a 4th overall finish for Class C at Section V’s Championship Meet. She ended her junior year by placing 3rd overall at the New York State Qualifiers Meet (Meet of Champions) in the 800m run for the girls track and field team, while also being named a Wayne-Finger Lakes All Star for 5 different events (800m, 1500m, 3000m, 2000m Steeplechase, 4x800m relay).
Reinhardt maintains a 3.83 GPA and will attend SUNY Geneseo in the fall. There she will study pre-med and history while also competing on the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and field teams
Learn more about Eileen Reinhardt below:
What is your most memorable HAC experience?
The memory that comes to my mind first was when I was running a 3K at one of our meets and the rest of team started playing the song “Come On Eileen,” and I remember feeling really uncomfortable, though it was really funny.
What motivates you as an athlete?
My parents, definitely. They instilled in me the importance of maintaining a strong and consistent work ethic. My mom came from a poor family and worked her way up to where she is now and knowing her experiences has reinforced me to stay motivated and focused. I remember growing up I used to practice Irish dancing. I had no rhythm and had trouble staying with the beat. I practiced hours and hours until one day I got it and it was that experience, that showed me the value of practicing and the success one can achieve with dedication.
How do you overcome race fatigue?
Your body can do more than what you’re capable of. You have to believe you can do more constantly. Push and push and get comfortable not being comfortable.
Favorite Cross Country Memory:
Winning back-to-back sectional titles and also at the end of my sophomore season qualifying for states somewhat unexpectedly. One of the top-5 couldn’t go and I was able to race at the New York State Championship Meet as the next alternative.
Favorite Track and Field Memory:
Winning sectionals my sophomore season.
What do you think about while running a race?
Sometimes I’ll sing songs in my head to try and distract myself from the pain. I also focus just finishing the race and knowing the pain and fatigue will be over eventually.
What are some of your favorite classes and who are some of your favorite teacher?
Some of my favorite classes that I’ve taken are Middle East Studies, AP Euro, and AP Bio.
A couple of teachers I really enjoy are Dr. Bill Schara, Dr. Kristin Sheradin, Dr. Mary Evans, and Mr. Doug Gilbert.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Finishing up my doctorate’s residency and happily married with a family.
What advice would you give to yourself as a 7th grader?
To get comfortable with being uncomfortable as possible and that it’s okay to feel hurt or feel nervous, but to not let yourself succumb to fear.
Who are some of your idols?
I love Indian and Italian food. I really love eating pasta, pierogis and ravioli.
Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Lorde, and U2.
Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Alice in Wonderland.
Describe Your Offseason Workout Routine
Throughout the summer, I try to twice a week do workouts that focus on speed development. I also try and lift throughout each week, while doing easy runs when my body needs to rest, or cross train (swim), when I want to change it up. It’s also an opportunity for me to listen to my body and give it rest so that I’m ready for the racing season.
“The more you peel away Eileen’s layers, the more interesting and special she becomes as both an athlete and as a person,” said HAC varsity cross country and track and field coach Dan Deckman. “She is a very motivated runner who takes training and performance seriously. This much is obvious to anyone who has seen her in practice or during a race. Distance running requires a significant degree of mental toughness, and this aspect of the sport only grows in importance with higher levels of performance. Eileen has mental toughness in spades and her work ethic is second to none.
Eileen is also an exceptionally caring soul. She is a passionate advocate for the causes and people that matter to her. You will never catch her complaining and her integrity is unquestionable. It is not unusual to hear her praising the efforts of others, or talking about taking younger team members “under her wing.” When reflecting on her trip to the Cross Country state championship this past fall, Eileen was quick to point out her team’s success in securing 4th place overall, saying she ‘could not have asked for a better way to end’ her final season. This speaks volumes about the kind of selfless person she is. Indeed, if anyone can be said to have led that team to States, it was her. Eileen is precisely the kind of person you would want on your team and as a friend. She pushes her teammates to be better teammates and her coaches to be better coaches.”
“Eileen is incredibly dedicated, determined, goal-oriented, and eager to learn more about her craft and how to get better,” said Seth O’Bryan who coached Eileen for 2 years in cross country as a freshmen and sophomore and her freshmen year of track and field.
Eileen was fun loving at practice, listened carefully to whatever I said, tried hard to get better, cared about her teammates and about the sport, and did the small things outside of practice (eat right, get sleep, read about the sport). It’s great to coach kids who care about your sport as much as you do.
I have coached, taught, advised Eileen. Eileen is dedicated, strives to do the right thing, and always wants to learn more. I appreciate her dedication, her resiliency, and her effort outside of class – her understanding that to be successful and to reach your potential, you have to invest in whatever it is beyond the classroom walls and be self motivated.
Her biggest challenge is that she doesn’t realize just how intelligent, talented, and good natured she is. I appreciate her modesty, I hope she has an ‘aha’ moment someday in the future (where she recognizes) the degree to which all her teachers and coaches mean what they say when they say the many glowing things about Eileen.”