NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With the second-best jump in Heps history, freshman Maalik Reynolds claimed the high jump title, while the 4x800-meter relay team also earned the title as Heps champions for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at the 2011 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Sunday. Penn finished seventh as a team at Yale's Cuyler Athletic Complex in New Haven, Conn.
Reynolds was the Co-Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet with the second-best jump in the nation this year. He became the first Penn athlete since David Arundel in 2000 to win the Outdoor Heps title in the event and the first since Henry Hipps in 1994 to win both the indoor and outdoor Heps high jump titles in the same year.
He won the high jump with only one miss through the height of 2.16 meters. Then, as the only competitor remaining, he continued to move the bar up. He missed on his first attempt at 2.24 meters, then passed that mark on his second try - setting a career best. The indoor Heps champion and indoor IC4A champion didn't stop there. He moved the bar to 2.28 meters (7 feet, 5 3/4 inches) and became just the second collegiate athlete in the nation this year and just the second athlete in Outdoor Heps history to surpass the bar at that height.
The 4x800-meter relay team posted one of the fastest times in school history in earning their way to the top of the Heps podium. The 2011 championship team was led off by freshman Robby Harwood, who handed to sophomore Matt Chylak. Junior Brian Fulton passed the baton to junior James Finucane for the anchor leg where the winning time was clocked at 7:25.36. They outraced the Lions to the finish line to earn the title.
Penn scored in the 4x400 and 4x100-meter relays as well. Seck Barry, Colin Donnelly, Darryll Oliver and Brian Rosenthal led the 4x400 team to a sixth-place finish. The foursome finished in 3:17.05. Donnelly was also a member of the 4x100 team that placed fourth. Along with Alan Hill, Mason Smith and Patrick Foley, the Quakers earned four points in the event with a season-best finish of 41.45.
Barry also scored in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.06, while Rosenthal and Oliver also scored in multiple events for the Quakers. Rosenthal was sixth in the 400 meters at 48.32, and Oliver was fifth in the 800 meters at 1:51.57.
Sophomore Tim Carey finished in the scoring in the 400-meter hurdles. He clocked out at 54.52 to place sixth for the Red and Blue.
Penn finished seventh with 33 points, while Princeton won the meet with 197 points. Cornell was the runner up with 186 points.
Up next, Reynolds and the rest of the IC4A qualifiers from the Red and Blue will head to Princeton, N.J., for the IC4A Championships, May 13-15.