A Springboard Event

Never too early to talk about the Olympics, which are now just 99 days away. Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Penn sophomore high jumper Maalik Reynolds, who cleared 2.28 meters (7-5 3/4) at Outdoor Heps a year ago. That is the Olympic Trials ‘A’ standard.

“To make an Olympic team, you have to be great and then you have to be lucky,” said Penn head coach Robin Martin. “Maalik has everything it takes to be great. Maybe this — 2012 — might be early for him, but it’s not a reach.

“He has the ability to jump at the level that it takes to make that team. I’ve never seen him back down from a challenge. So as the moment increases, his drive, his capacity to compete, and his will have increased as well.”

Also, did you know that no college football player in the nation has turned in a faster 400-meter dash time as John Spooney did last week at the Brown Invitational (47.71)? Spooney was a tailback on the Bears’ football squad last fall.

Some interesting entries at the Larry Ellis Invite, which starts Friday at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J. Schedule and heat sheets here. Notes below:

• Yale’s Matt Bieszard and Princeton’s Tom Hopkins will square off… in the 200.
• Women’s 800 will have Harvard’s Carlyle Davis, Princeton’s Greta Feldman and Yale’s Nihal Kayali.
• Princeton’s Donn Cabral will run the open 800 as well as the elite 1,500.
• Columbia’s Waverly Neer is slated to run the 5k.
• No Conor McCullough in the hammer throw, but he will compete in the discus.
• Eileen Moran will move up to the 400m dash.
• Fun matchup in the women’s 100 hurdles with Harvard’s Olivia Abbate and Ashytnn Baltimore face Penn’s Gabi Piper.
• Potential fireworks in the high jump with Harvard’s Mary Hirst, Penn’s Kristen Judge and Columbia’s Tara Richmond.

3 Responses to “A Springboard Event”

  1. Ray says:

    I wish 2.28m were the Olympic ‘A’ standard, but, it’s actually 2.31m. The A standard they’re referring to in the article is the USA Olympic Trials ‘A’ standard.

  2. Ray says:

    I should note that that in no way detracts from Maalik’s effort; in fact, only 30 people in the world last year jumped higher than his 2.28m and many of them were much older. I’m simply trying to say that the Olympic standards for field events—especially the high jump—are disproportionally more difficult than the standards for running events.