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PHILADELPHIA - With the announcement of the NCAA Indoor Championship field on Monday night, freshman Maalik Reynolds of the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team was among the 16 high jumpers in the nation to qualify in the event. The only Ivy League men's athlete to reach the NCAA meet, Reynolds will compete Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
The meet can be seen on webcast at NCAA.com and AggieAthletics.com from 1-5:55 p.m., Saturday. From 6-8:50 p.m., the meet can be seen on ESPN3.com. The 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships will air on a tape-delay on Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30-4 p.m., on ESPN2. All times are Eastern Standard.
"Maalik is an outstanding young man in every way," said head coach Charlie Powell. "As a freshman in the Wharton School of Business, Maalik is a true student-athlete, and someone Penn can be proud of. He has great high jumping ability and a competitive spirit. He has already claimed the 2011 Indoor Heps and IC4A championships and now has his sights on being an All-American this season."
In his first season, Reynolds won the indoor Heptagonal and IC4A titles. In his first collegiate meet, he set the school record with a jump of 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches) - the mark that qualified him for the NCAA championship meet. Of the 16 competitors in the high jump, Reynolds is one of just three freshmen. His mark of 2.21 meters is tied for 12th-best entering the meet.
The Atlanta, Ga., native has won two titles in two weeks. Reynolds claimed the IC4A title on March 6 when he cleared the bar at 2.17 meters (7 feet, 1.5 inches) and earned All-East honors. A week earlier, he garnered First-Team All-Ivy recognition as the first Quaker to claim the indoor Heps high jump title since David Recthweg in 1996. He needed just three jumps to do it. He surpassed the bar at 2.01 meters on his first try and on his second attempt at 2.10 meters (6 feet, 10.75 inches), he sealed the win in his first Heptagonal meet.
The top 16 high jumpers are selected to compete at the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships each year. This season, there were eight high jumpers that reached the automatic-qualifying height of 2.24 meters. The next eight spots were determined by the next eight best marks, which included Reynolds' season-opening and school record-setting effort.
Complete coverage of the meet can be found at the NCAA Championships homepage with a full recap at PennAthletics.com following the competition.