EUGENE, Ore. - Junior high jumper Maalik Reynolds finished sixth at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. With that effort, Reynolds will earn his fourth career All-America honor for the University of Pennsylvania.
Against some of the top competition in the country and the world, Reynolds matched two Olympic medalists jump-for-jump for most of the afternoon. Penn's school record holder finished at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and matched his career-best NCAA finish (he also placed sixth at the 2012 outdoor championships).
Reynolds passed at the first height and then cleared each of the first two bars (2.10 and 2.15 meters) on his first attempt. Only 16 of the 24 competitors remained when the bar was moved to 2.20 meters.
Reynolds once again cleared on his first attempt and was one of just four jumpers - including 2012 Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Derek Drouin, to remain without a miss through that height.
With 12 jumpers remaining, only five cleared the next height at 2.24 meters (7-04.25 ft.). Reynolds nudged the bar off on his third attempt, but with his perfect slate up to that point, he held the tiebreaker over the rest of the field and earned sixth-place at the outdoor NCAA meet for the second straight year.
Reynolds will likely earn first-team All-America accolades for the fourth time in his career when the USTFCCCA makes the official announcement early next week. A four-time heptagonal champion and six-time All-Ivy honoree in addition to an indoor IC4A and Penn Relays champion, Reynolds has earned outdoor All-America honors in each of his first two seasons as a member of the Red and Blue. As a freshman in 2011, 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.
There is still one more Quaker left to compete at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Thomas Awad competes in the finals of the 5,000 meters on Saturday at 6:23 p.m. EST. ESPNU is scheduled to televise Awad's race.
A full recap of each day's events at the NCAA Championships can be found at PennAthletics.com.