NAMPA, Idaho - An eighth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships ensures Maalik Reynolds of All-America honors in the high jump for the second time in his career. The University of Pennsylvania sophomore finished at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches) inside Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in a suburb of Boise, Idaho.
The official All-America announcements will come shortly after the conclusion of the meet, but with his eighth-place finish, Reynolds guaranteed All-America status for the second time.
The bar started at 2.10 meters (6-10.75 ft.). Reynolds cleared it on his second attempt. One of the 17 competitors was eliminated at the height and the bar was moved to 2.15 meters (7-0.50 ft.).
Reynolds had no trouble at that height and was one of 14 to move on to the bar at 2.20 meters. The Atlanta, Ga., native missed on his first two jumps, but capitalized on his final opportunity and avoided elimination with a clean third attempt.
Reynolds then missed on his three attempts to match his school record. Only three competitors surpassed that height (2.23 meters/7-3.75 ft.). Arizona's Nick Ross won the NCAA title with that mark as none of the remaining competitors passed the bar at 2.26 meters (7-5 ft.).
With his effort, Reynolds has now scored for the Quakers in two straight NCAA Championship meets. Penn was one of just 66 teams in the nation to score at the meet and placed in a tie for 61st. Florida won the 2012 national championship with 52 points.
Reynolds was unable to compete at this meet last year due to illness. But with his seventh-place finish in the high jump at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Reynolds became the first Penn men's All-American since Courtney Jaworski earned the honor in the 800 meters in 2005. Reynolds scored for Penn at that NCAA outdoor championship meet with his height of 2.14 meters (7 feet, 1/4 inches).
Reynolds and the Quakers will begin the outdoor season in two weeks with the Big 5 Invite. Villanova will serve as the meet's host on Saturday, March 24.