Penn sophomore-to-be high jumper Maalik Reynolds has a new title, as if Heps champion and All-American weren’t enough. After clearing 2.22 meters (7-3 1/4) in Miramar, Fla., today Reynolds is the new Pan Am Junior champion for the high jump.
Ryan Ingraham, a 17-year-old from the Bahamas, cleared the same height, but missed once at 2.22 while Reynolds did not. “I was hoping to go higher than my PR of 2.28, but I am kind of satisfied,” said Reynolds. “This was a very fast runway and I was getting pushed in too close to the bar on takeoff. I was having to adjust all the time, and it was hard to get it just right. I want to be consistent at 7-5 or 7-6 next year.”
Reynolds’ gold wasn’t the only medal won by an Ivy Leaguer at the Pan Am Juniors in Miramar. Princeton incoming freshman Eddie Owens took silver in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:07.11), less than eight seconds behind champion Fernando Romas of Puerto Rico (8:59.52). Earlier this season Owens had run the fastest steeple time by a U.S. high schooler in 32 years.