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DES MOINES, Iowa - Another season. Another All-America accolade. High jumper Maalik Reynolds finished sixth at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inside Drake University's Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday night. The University of Pennsylvania sophomore will earn All-America status for the third time in his career.
The official All-America announcements will come shortly after the conclusion of the meet, but with his career-best sixth-place NCAA finish, Reynolds ensured his second career outdoor All-America honor and third overall. The Atlanta, Ga., native matched a season-best at 2.24 meters (7 feet, 4 1/4 inches).
Reynolds passed on the opening bar and cleared the second height on his first try. But at that juncture, only one of the 24 NCAA finalists had been eliminated. Then just three more dropped out after the bar was raised to 2.15 meters (7-00.50 ft.) - which Reynolds passed on his second attempt.
With 20 competitors remaining at 2.20 meters (7-02.50 ft.), most of the field struggled. Eight were knocked out of the event. However, in his second jump at that height, Reynolds calmly passed over the bar.
With yet another top eight finish on the line, Reynolds was down to his final attempt at 2.24 meters. But a loud cheer from the crowd went up when the Westminster School product went over cleanly and matched his season-best.
Reynolds was one of seven men with a shot at the 2012 national title in the event when the bar was raised to his school-record mark of 2.28 meters (7-05.75 ft.). The second-year collegian just missed matching his career-best height and finished in a tie for sixth place.
In his first two full seasons in collegiate competition, Reynolds is a four-time first-team All-Ivy selection and has won all four Heptagonal titles in his career. Thursday's performance will ensure his third career first-team All-America nod. The only instance in which he did not earn All-America status was at the 2011 indoor championships. He was unable to compete at the meet due to illness.