PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Maalik Reynolds was officially named an All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Reynolds has now earned first-team accolades for the third time in his two-year career.
Reynolds earned his second first-team All-America accolade of the year as he was also an indoor honoree following an eight-place finish at the NCAA Championships in March. This also marks his second career outdoor All-America award. Last year, as a freshman, the Atlanta, Ga., native became the first Penn men's outdoor All-American since Courtney Jaworski earned the honor in the 800 meters in 2005.
Reynolds' earned his most recent All-America distinction with a career-best sixth-place NCAA finish in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday evening. With yet another top eight finish on the line, Reynolds was down to his final attempt at 2.24 meters (7 feet, 4 1/4 inches). But a loud cheer from the crowd went up when the Westminster School product went over cleanly to match a season-best and clinch first-team honors.
First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place.
Reynolds plans on competing at the 2012 Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon's famed Hayward Field, June 22-July 1.