PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore high jumper Maalik Reynolds will represent the University of Pennsylvania at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday. The two-time All-America selection will compete for a national championship at 5:30 p.m. (CST), inside Drake
University's Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Reynolds claimed one of the East's 12 spots in the meet with a jump of 2.19 meters (7 feet, 2 1/4 inches) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 26. He cleared each of the first three heights on his first attempt and passed 2.16 meters on his second try. He was one of 18 remaining when the bar was raised to 2.19 meters, where he sealed his spot in the NCAA Championships on his third and final attempt.
Reynolds, a four-time All-Ivy recipient, is already a two-time All-American. He enters the meet seeded sixth in the nation with a season-best jump of 2.24 meters (7-04.25 ft.) - which is the mark that earned him a fourth-consecutive Heps title in the event. He holds the school record at 2.28 meters (7-05.75 ft.), which would rank him third among the 24 NCAA finalists.
Reynolds earned his second career All-America nod in March when he was eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Last year at this meet, the Atlanta, Ga., native finished seventh as a freshman to become Penn's first men's outdoor All-American since Courtney Jaworski in the 800 meters in 2005.
The last Penn athlete to win a national championship was in 2003 when Sam Burley claimed the national title in the outdoor 800 meters and Brian Chaput did so with an Ivy League record in the javelin.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the event.