Men's Track and Field Recruit Places Second at USA Junior National Championships

Reynolds' 2nd Place Jump at the USA Junior National Championships

USA Junior National Championship High Jump Results

IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships Homepage

PHILADELPHIA - Incoming University of Pennsylvania track and field freshman Maalik Reynolds qualified for the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships after he finished second in the high jump at the USA Junior National Championships on June 24. Reynolds is one of just two athletes who will represent the United States in the high jump at the World Championship meet.

Reynolds finished second at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and will compete at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada beginning on July 19 and running through July 25. The 2010 Georgia state champion in the high jump, Reynolds passed the first four bars on his first attempt - the last of which had the bar set above seven feet. At 2.17 meters (7-01.50 ft.) he cleared the bar on his second attempt and did the same at 2.20 meters. Video of his second-place jump and full high jump results are available at the links above.

To put Reynolds' feat in perspective, that second-place jump would have tied the Penn school record set by Adam Chubb in 2001. In addition, Penn's 13-year-old indoor record, set by Stan Anderson, stands at 2.15 meters (7-00.50 ft.), while the Outdoor Heptagonal high jump champion (Princeton's Justin Frick) won the 2010 title with a jump of 2.16 meters (7-01 ft.).

Reynolds is a recent graduate of Westminster School in Atlanta, Ga. He and the Quakers track and field team will have their first meet of the 2010-11 campaign in Princeton, N.J., with the Princeton Holiday Meet on Dec. 4.