USA Today All-America Team
PHILADELPHIA - Incoming freshman Maalik Reynolds was named to the USA Today All-America team on Thursday, just one day after competing at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in the high jump.
The USA Today All-America team is made up of the top 52 boys and girls high school track and field athletes in the country. Reynolds is one of 10 All-American jumpers and just one of four high jumpers named to the list.
The All-America teams were coordinated by USA Today Track & Field writer Fred Baer. Selections were made by Jack Shepard and by Mike Kennedy, high school editors of Track and Field News Magazine. Criteria included ranking on USA Today and Track and Field News national lists, the number of top performances and head-to-head competition during the regular season and in major postseason meets.
At the World Junior Championship meet in Moncton, Canada, Reynolds cleared 2.10 meters (6 feet, 10 3/4 inches) in the high jump. The 2010 Georgia state champion just missed surpassing the bar when set above the seven-foot mark and didn't advance to the finals.
Reynolds is a recent graduate of Westminster School in Atlanta, Ga., qualified for the IAAF World Junior Championships with a second-place jump at the USA Junior National Championships on June 24. At that meet, he cleared the bar at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches) which is the exact height of the current Penn school record.
Reynolds will make his way to the Penn campus in August. He and the Quakers track and field team will have their first meet of the 2010-11 campaign in Princeton, N.J., with the Princeton Holiday Meet on Dec. 4.