PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Maalik Reynolds earned first-team All-Ivy honors for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team on Monday as announced by the league office. Reynolds won the high jump title at the 2012 Indoor Heptagonal Championships on Sunday at Cornell's Barton Hall.
Reynolds was hobbled due to an injured ankle, but successfully defended his indoor Heps high jump title at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches). He is the first Quaker to win back-to-back Indoor Heps high jump titles since David Recthweg in 1995 and 1996. It also marked his third first-place finish in three career Heptagonal meets - he also won the outdoor title in 2011.
The final four competitors in the high jump were Reynolds and a trio of Cornell jumpers. One by one, Reynolds knocked off each member of the Big Red until he was the last man standing - clearing 2.20 meters on his final attempt. Reynolds, who has now earned three first-team All-Ivy honors in his career, then barely missed the facility record at 2.24 meters.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy League indoor track and field first team. The second Ivy finishers earn second-team honors.
Reynolds is among the Penn qualifiers for the IC4A Championships on March 3-4 in Boston, Mass.