PHILADELPHIA - In his first collegiate competition inside historic Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania freshman Maalik Reynolds set the school record in the high jump. The Penn men's track and field team also posted seven other victories Saturday at the Big 5 Invite.
Reynolds made it look easy as he passed each bar on his first attempt en route to setting the school standard at 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches). He and Nate Harriger each passed the bar at 1.83 meters to start the day and Reynolds passed until the bar was raised to 2.03 meters. He had clean jumps at 2.09, 2.14 and 2.19 meters before doing the same to set the school record at 2.21 meters. The jump ranked as tops in the NCAA East Region and second in the nation this year. Reynolds broke the mark of 2.20 meters (7-02.50 ft.) previously held by Adam Chubb since 2001. The Atlanta, Ga., native also holds the indoor school record in this event at the same height.
Senior Chris Baird can claim the Big 5 championship in the 5,000 meters. He topped a field of 23 by outracing Saint Joseph's Kevin McDonnell. Baird crossed the finish line four-tenths of second ahead of his Big 5 counterpart with a winning time of 14:48.00.
The 4x100-meter relay team started the day with a victory for the Red and Blue. The Quakers ran to a finish of 42.04 to claim the Big 5 title in the event and improve upon the team's IC4A qualifying time.
Jeff Seddon, Seck Barry, Mason Smith and Brian Lynch also posted victories for the Quakers. Seddon won the long jump with a leap of 6.38 meters (20-11.25 ft.), Berry was tops in the 110-meter hurdles (15.05), Smith won the 100 meters (11.22) and Lynch claimed the title in the triple jump as he landed his second jump at 13.28 meters (43-07 ft.).
On a cold afternoon in Philadelphia, freshman Karl Ingram out-tossed the competition in the javelin. He won the event on his home turf when his fourth throw landed at 57.20 meters (187-08 ft.).
In addition, Michael Cunningham (3:54.17), James Finucane (3:55.33) and Luke Grau (3:55.96) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, for the Quakers in the 1,500 meters.
Next week, the Quakers remain in the friendly confines of Franklin Field when they host the annual Penn Invite on Saturday.