DES MOINES, Iowa - For the first time since 2005, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team boasts an All-American and it comes in the form of Penn's fantastic freshman high jumper Maalik
Reynolds. The rookie finished tied for seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships inside
Drake University's Drake Stadium on a stormy Friday night in Des Moines, Iowa.
The official All-America announcements will come shortly after the conclusion of the meet, but with his seventh-place finish, Reynolds ensured he would be the first Penn men's outdoor All-American since Courtney Jaworski earned the honor in the 800 meters in 2005.
Reynolds passed at the first height and cleared both 2.10 meters and 2.14 meters on the first attempt. However, a weather delay postponed the event for more than an hour and when jumping resumed, the Atlanta, Ga., native was unable to clear the bar at 2.17 meters. Only six athletes passed that height and Reynolds finished tied for seventh with his height of 2.14 meters (7 feet, 1/4 inches).
Reynolds became the first Penn men's athlete to reach the
finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships since decathletes Mike Hall
(2007) and Max Westman (2008) did so in back-to-back years.
Reynolds, who was the only Ivy Leaguer to reach the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Finals in the high jump, claimed one of the 12 East region spots in the meet with a first-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Bloomington, Ind., on May 26. He was one of nine competitors to clear 2.17 meters (7 feet, 1 1/2 inches).
Reynolds completes a tremendous freshman campaign. He qualified for the Indoor NCAA Championships in March, but was unable to compete due to illness. He holds the school record in the indoor and outdoor high jump. He was named First-Team All-Ivy during the indoor and outdoor track seasons after he claimed both Heptagonal Championships. He was also named the Co-Most Outstanding Performer at Outdoor Heps in addition to claiming the indoor IC4A title and Penn Relays title.
Several Quakers will be competing later this month at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships, June 23-25. PennAthletics.com will have a full recap of all the Penn performances.