PHILADELPHIA - Following one of the best efforts in Heps history and the second-best high jump performance in the nation this year, freshman Maalik Reynolds of the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team was named National Jumper of the Week by USAJumper.com.
USAJumper.com had this to say of Maalik's most recent performance: "Maalik got a huge personal last weekend jumping 2.28 meters (7-5.75). His previous personal best was set the week before when he won the Penn Relays with 2.22m (7-3.25). He has all of a sudden become well within the NCAA picture. If he can prove to be consistent at these heights he has a shot at the title of being the NCAA Champion."
On Sunday, he won the high jump with only one miss through the height of 2.16 meters. Then, as the only competitor remaining, he continued to move the bar up. He missed on his first attempt at 2.24 meters, then passed that mark on his second try - setting a career best. He moved the bar to 2.28 meters (7 feet, 5 3/4 inches) and became just the second collegiate athlete in the nation this year and just the second athlete in Outdoor Heps history to surpass the bar at that height.
Reynolds, a two-time first-team All-Ivy honoree, holds the school record in both the indoor and outdoor high jump. He has now won both the indoor and outdoor Heps titles, is the defending IC4A indoor high jump champion and won the coveted Penn Relays gold watch with his victory at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival in the last weekend in April.
For Reynolds and Penn's postseason qualifiers, the IC4A Championships are up next at Princeton's Weaver Stadium, May 13-15.