SALISBURY, Md. – On a cold and windy Saturday the Gallaudet University men’s outdoor track and field team made their debut in Salisbury, Md., at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet. The Bison placed fifth overall out of seven teams as the host Sea Gulls won the meet going away.
Salisbury compiled an eye-popping 330 team points to win the meet while Gloucester County finished second with 71 points followed by Shenandoah University (69 points), Keystone (69), Gallaudet (52), Middlesex CC (45) and Stevenson University (13).
Senior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) made his outdoor debut, after his warm-up appearances during the indoor season in February, and is gaining momentum in the triple jump. In Flowers’ first jump in the triple jump he won the event. The 6-foot-4 frame of Flowers traveled 14.38 meters (47 feet, 2.25 inches) to win the event. He had three jumps clear 14 meters and one at 13 meters. All four of his jumps were the top four marks in the event.
Gallaudet’s 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams won their respective races in their outdoor debut. A good sign for the Bison as they begin the 2013 season. The times posted today by both teams are only seconds off the school records.
The 4x100 relay team consisted of freshman Jimel Wright (Chicago, Ill.), sophomore Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.), sophomore Michael Haynes (Edwardsville, Ill.) and Flowers, who finished in 45.12 seconds.
The 4x400 relay team showcased freshman Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.), Boum Yamb, senior Jean-Pierre Kanashiro (Springfield, Va.) and Flowers, as they finished in 3:33.42.
Close set a personal record time in the 400-meter dash as he crossed in 52.74 seconds to take second place. He was just on the heels of Gloucester County’s Marquis Thomas, who won the event in 52.16 seconds. Sophomore James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.) was ninth (54.50) and senior Lorne Farovitch (Tucson, Ariz.) was 12th (55.38).
Haynes nearly won the 110-meter hurdles as he finished second to Salisbury’s Devon Hopkins (15.81 seconds) with a time of 16.06 seconds.
Boum Yamb was fifth in the 100-meter dash as he sprinted down the track in 11.62 seconds as Salisbury swept the top three spots led by Jacob Adedeji (11.19). Wright was 10th in the 200-meter dash as he recorded a time of 24.28 seconds.
Close took home 12th place in the 800-meter dash as he crossed the finish line in 2:18.71 and was closely followed by junior Chris Davis (Stillwater, Okla.) in 14th place (2:22.22).
Freshman Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) set a personal best time of 17:18.85 in the 5,000-meter run as he finished seventh overall.
The Bison are off for several weeks and will next compete on March 30 in Towson, Md., at the Goucher Invitational.