The only bad thing about starting out with a bang is that it whets people's appetite for more.
That's what happened to Penn's Maalik Reynolds when, as a freshman in 2011, the high jumper soared 7 feet, 53/4 inches - still a Quakers record - to win the Ivy League outdoor track and field championship.
"You do that early in your career, and people keep expecting more from you, which isn't realistic," said Reynolds' jump coach, Joe Klim. "I think people saw that and thought he would be breaking records."
Although Reynolds has not reached that height since, the senior economics major from Atlanta has had a highly decorated career at Penn, in which he has earned all-American status five times, along with a pair of Penn Relays championships.