MIRAMAR, Fla. - Rising sophomore Maalik Reynolds of the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team, added to his long list of first-year accomplishments when he claimed the 2011 Pan-American Junior Championship title in the high jump on Sunday night in Miramar, Fla.
Reynolds, who won with a height of 2.22 meters (7 feet, 3 1/4 inches), was among eight competitors to qualify for the high jump final, and one of just two Americans to do so. Reynolds, and Ryan Ingraham of the Bahamas, each passed on the first several heights until the bar was raised to 2.15 meters (7 feet, 1/2 inches). Reynolds missed on his first two attempts, but stayed in the competition with a clean third jump. He and Ingraham were the only two to clear 2.19 meters. Reynolds then passed the winning height on his first attempt, and claimed the tiebreaker over the Bahamas native, who took two tries to clear the bar.
The Atlanta, Ga., native secured a place in the Pan-American Championships with a second-place finish (2.17 meters) at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships on June 25.
Reynolds had a tremendous freshman campaign in the Red and Blue. He was an outdoor All-American with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships and also qualified for the Indoor NCAA meet, 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.