On May 30, 2008, Stephen F. Austin senior, Justin Reyes, closed out his collegiate high jumping career at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Regional Meet in Lincoln, Nebraska. The competition included 2008 Olympic hopefuls - Dusty Jonas from Nebraska and Scott Sellers from Kansas State. Jonas is ranked 1st in the world, and Sellers is ranked 6th.
Reyes ranked 18th in the midwest and 45th in the nation for Divison I's high jump. To qualify for regionals, the athlete had to jump 6’10 ¾”. Reyes qualified at the conference meet in Huntsville, where he placed 6th in the Southland Conference Meet.
Reyes’ past year included placing 2nd at the 2008 SLC Indoor Championship in February. In 2007, Justin qualified for the Outdoor Regional Championship at TCU on April 21, 2007. On February 16, 2007, Justin won the SLC Indoor Meet with a jump of 6’9 ½” on his first try, to win the event. In 2006, Justin’s sophomore year, he tied for 2nd in the Outdoor SLC meet with a jump of 6’6 ¾”. He also placed 6th in the Indoor meet.
In 2005, Justin’s college career started with him placing 3rd in the high jump at the SLC Outdoor meet with a jump of 6’ 8 ¾”. The team won the SLC indoor meet that year as well.
During his collegiate career, Reyes was a 4-time All-Conference and 4-time lettermen in the Southland Conference. He qualified for the Texas Relays, the biggest track meet in Texas in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, he was named to the Capital One/SLC All-Conference team, and in 2008, he was named to the SLC ALL-Conference Academic team. Only three athletes from SFA were chosen. Among the places Justin competed were Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa.
Justin first began high jumping in junior high in Richland Springs, TX. When he reached high school, he qualified for regionals all four years. Reyes qualified for the Texas UIL State Meet his junior and senior years, placing 4th in 2003 with a jump of 6’6” and 2nd in 2004 with a jump of 6’4”. Justin broke two records in high school - one at the Brady Heart of Texas Relay with a jump of 6’8” and at May with a jump of 6’4”.
Reyes will graduate in December 2008 from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in Math.