EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Maalik Reynolds finished seventh in the high jump and sophomore Sam Mattis was fifth in the discus at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Both are set to earn first-team All-America honors when the USTFCCCA makes the official announcement early next week.
Reynolds passed at the first height and cleared his opening bar of 2.10 meters (6-10.75 ft.) on his first attempt. He then passed cleanly over the bar at 2.15 meters (7-00.50 ft.), but much of the field struggled at that height and only 12 advanced. At 2.20 meters (7-02.50 ft.), Reynolds bumped the bar on all three attempts to finish seventh overall and earn another All-America honor.
Reynolds finished his NCAA career as a six-time first-team All-American, seven-time All-Ivy honoree, five-time Heptagonal champion, two-time outdoor Heptagonal Most Outstanding Performer, two-time Penn Relays champion and the school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor high jump.
Mattis is the only Penn athlete to clear 60 meters in the discus. He has now done so at seven meets this year, including Friday's NCAA Final. His second toss landed at 60.33 meters (197-11 ft.) and momentarily launched him into first in his flight. It remained his best of his first three throws and he finished third among the 12 in his flight. After the second flight, Mattis' toss ranked fourth overall and placed him among the nine to qualify for the final round of throws. That toss remained Mattis' best through the final three rounds of throws and placed him fifth overall.
Mattis and Reynolds each scored for the Quakers to give Penn a total of 5.5 points at the meet. That placed the Penn men 42nd among the 78 teams that scored points at the meet.
On Wednesday, sophomore Kelsey Hay finished 18th in the women's javelin and will become the third outdoor All-American in Penn women's history. Her best toss landed at 47.28 meters (155-01 ft.). In all, she will be the ninth woman in school history to earn All-America honors, the second to do so in a field event and the first in an outdoor field event.
Next up for the Quakers is a trip to England as Penn continues one of track and field's most unique traditions. The Transatlantic Series dates back more than half a century and teams Ivy rivals Penn and Cornell against the storied English universities of Oxford and Cambridge. A bienniel tradition, the school's alternate as hosts with the meet being held at Cambridge this year. The Quakers will also compete at England's U-20 and U-23 Championships and spend time touring the country. In all, the Penn track and field teams will be overseas from June 16-July 1.
A recap of Penn's last trip to England -- in 2010 -- can be found here.