Kevin Rees made his way across the infield at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Stadium during the 2007 Division I state track and field meet. He was attempting to reach the awards podium located near the finish line.

Kevin Rees made his way across the infield at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Stadium during the 2007 Division I state track and field meet. He was attempting to reach the awards podium located near the finish line.

In a few moments his son, Josh, would accept a medal for his fourth-place finish in the long-jump competition.

Miami University jumps coach Chad Reynolds intercepted him en route. Reynolds had just watched Josh compete and was excited by his potential.

Reynolds wanted to talk to the coach.

"Josh's coach ended up being his dad," Reynolds said. "That made it real easy."

The conversation quickly progressed as the two took a seat in the bleachers.

"I didn't even go to the podium," Kevin Rees said. "I felt (talking to Reynolds) was more important than the podium."

As Kevin Rees and Reynolds discussed Miami University, Josh Rees accepted his medal with the notion that this was his last time competing in track and field.

"I always had been into track," Josh said. "My senior year I got the school's long jump record and felt I accomplished something. I felt I was ready to hang up the spikes."

Later that fall, Rees planned to attend Ohio University. Originally, he was going to join the Bobcats track and field team, but the university ended the program that same year.

"I didn't look at many other colleges, so I still planned on going there," Rees said. "I originally planned to go to OU or Miami, but I didn't get into Miami for my grades. I didn't perform to the best of my abilities in high school and it showed. They didn't accept me."

Kevin Rees admitted he was "set against" his son going to Ohio and preferred Miami.

"I talked to Chad extensively about the school," Kevin Rees said. "That's the No. 1 thing and track is secondary in my opinion. When we visited the school three months earlier, I was sold on the school."

The second time Josh Rees applied to Miami, this time with an athletic scholarship in hand, he was accepted.

"Through track, it opened a lot of doors for me," Josh Rees said.

Not only has track allowed Josh Rees to attend his first choice for college, it has established a strong bond between himself and his father.

Six years ago, Kevin Rees was walking along the track at Marysville High School when he saw two track coaches riding together in a golf cart. He flagged down the coaches.

"Do you need any coaches," he asked.

They responded that they could always use track coaches.

"I told them I used to long jump here and I'd like to volunteer," he said. "There's where it all started."

In 1982, Kevin Rees set the school's record in long jump at 22 feet, 3 1/4 inches.

Before he graduated from Marysville, Kevin Rees told his coach, Norb Miscovich, that one day he'd like to meet the athlete who breaks his record.

"Turns out I lived with him," Kevin Rees said.

Josh Rees just entered his teens when his dad became an assistant coach with the Monarchs track and field team. His dad was his ride home after school, so Josh would stick around and watch practice. Soon, he was participating in long jump himself, but not to much success.

"I wasn't very good to start," Josh Rees said. "I was only a 14-foot jumper.

Once I started lifting, originally for football, I got bigger, stronger and faster and long jumping became more fun because my skill level went up."

In his junior season at Marysville, Josh Rees was fourth in the Division I district meet (21-0 1/4) and fourth in the regional (21-1 3/4). He qualified for the state meet. There, he did not register a distance.

He saved his best for his senior season. Rees won at district (22-9 1/2) and regional (22-1 1/2) before finishing fourth at the state (22-7).

His performance at district broke his father's 25-year-old school record.

"It's an unbelievable dream that your own son breaks your record," Kevin Rees said. "Nobody else broke it in 25 years and to have your son break it, of all people."

The record performance only further solidified a strong relationship the father and son established in athletics. It began when Josh was eight years old and Kevin was his pee-wee football coach.

"He's always been there for me," Josh Rees said. "A lot of dads nowadays are not close with their families. He's always taught me how to better myself and life lessons. It's always been our thing."

That bond was tough for Josh Rees to break his freshman season at Miami.

After years of trusting his dad with his long jump abilities, suddenly Reynolds was his go-to source.

At the beginning of the season, Josh Rees' routine after a jump consisted of talking to Reynolds then taking the Miami coach's suggestions to his dad.

"I had a big trust issue with coach Reynolds," Josh Rees said. "I started to realize Coach Reynolds is my eyes and he has knowledge in this field. I eventually learned to trust him and form a relationship."

From then on, Rees started to perform. He surpassed the 23-foot barrier on April 12 at the home George L. Rider track meet (23-5 1/4).

About a month later, he was fourth in the Mid-American Championships (22-5 1/4), finishing first among the five freshman long-jumpers.

"Trusting Chad was the breaking point with Josh," Kevin Rees said. "I coached him all these years then somebody else was taking over. He finally started clicking, got his confidence back and started performing better."

Now, with three years remaining at Miami, the future is bright for Josh Rees.

"He's very mature and a clutch jumper," Reynolds said. "He was able to act like a senior as a freshman and juggle the academic challenge of the university right away.

"We're hoping to get a MAC title and send him to the NCAA regionals. We'd like to do it sooner than later. He has the tools and abilities to accomplish those goals as a sophomore."