PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore high jumper Maalik Reynolds will represent the University of Pennsylvania at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., starting on Saturday. The University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field will serve as host of the meet that runs from June 22-July 1.
Reynolds, who recently earned first-team All-America accolades for the third time in his two-year collegiate career, will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying round on Saturday at 4:20 p.m. (PST).
Penn's school record holder in the high jump is one of just 24 competitors in the event hoping to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The top 12 from Saturday's competition will advance to the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials on Monday at 5:50 p.m. (PST).
Reynolds needs to finish in the top three overall and reach 2.31 meters (7 feet, 7 inches) to represent the United States at the 30th Olympiad. His current career-best effort is the school standard at 2.28 meters (7-05.75 ft.).
Reynolds, a four-time Heptagonal champion, earned his most recent All-America distinction with a career-best sixth-place NCAA finish in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 8. 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.
Former Quaker and 2003 national champion, Brian Chaput, will also be competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. He will compete in the javelin which begins at 12:30 p.m. (PST) on Saturday.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the event.