ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior high jumper Maalik Reynolds placed 10th at the 2014 Indoor NCAA Championships on Friday night. The University of Pennsylvania track and field teams also began the outdoor season in Tampa, Fla., where they posted several victories and new top 10 marks at the USF Open.
Reynolds is a five-time All-American in the high jump and recorded his fifth career top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships with a jump of 2.15 meters (7 feet, 1/2 inches). He cleared the bar at the first height of 2.10 meters on his first attempt. Then cleared at 2.15 meters on his second try. However, when the bar was raised to 2.20 meters, Reynolds clipped the bar on his third jump. Only seven competitors cleared the bar at that height and Reynolds finished in a tie for tenth after the tiebreakers.
The women's freshmen duo of Ashley Montgomery and Cleo Whiting finished 1-2 in the 1,500 meters. Montgomery won the event with a time of 4:38.10, while her classmate was just a stride behind her at the finish with a time of 4:38.37.
Penn finished 1-2-3 in the women's javelin. Kelsey Hay opened the outdoor season with a winning toss of 45.64 meters (149-09 ft.) which was followed by Lisa Sesink-Clee's runner-up throw of 39.63 meters (130-00 ft.) and Kaci Jones' mark of 39.32 meters (129-00 ft.).
The Quakers also added a 1-2-3 finish on the men's side. Senior Jake Brenza won the shot put when his best toss measured 16.58 meters (54-04.75 ft.). Marcus LaRoche was second at 16.51 meters (54-02 ft.), which now ranks him seventh all-time at Penn (Brenza is third at 17.25 meters). Sam Mattis finished third in the event with a toss of 16.19 meters (53-01.50 ft.).
Mattis, who owns the school record in the discus, won the outdoor opener with a toss of 57.02 meters (187-01 ft.). Noah Kennedy-White was fourth at 48.49 meters (159-01 ft.).
Sophomore Thomas Awad won the men's 800 meters in his first outdoor race of the season. He had the top finish with a time of 1:53.98. He was followed by teammate Tom Timmins, who finished as the runner-up at 1:54.65.
Lydia Ali was the top collegian in the women's 400 meters and finished second overall with the fifth-fastest time in school history. Her season-opening finish of 55.44 was the best time for a Quaker in four years. Meanwhile, Rachel Hlatky was third in the event with a time of 56.24 - which was the 10th-best time in school history prior to Ali's finish.
Nailah Hill, who was seventh in the women's shot put with a toss of 12.36 meters (40-06.75 ft.), posted the eighth-best mark in the discus in school history. Her best toss landed at 42.17 meters (138-04 ft.).
Senior Chelsea Delaney was second in the women's 800 meters where she raced to a finish of 2:14.18, while senior Gabrielle Piper was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.17. Piper was also seventh in the 100 meters (12.34).
Also on the men's side, sophomore Ben Bowers was third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.61. Senior Nate Harriger was third in the high jump at 1.98 meters (6-06 ft.). Brenza was also third in the hammer at 49.22 meters (161-06 ft.) and Karl Ingram was sixth in the javelin at 51.22 meters (168-00 ft.).
Reynolds and the Quakers will host the Philadelphia College Classic at Franklin Field on Saturday, March 22.