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Vianney Boum-Yamb and Rachel Young named April Bison of the Month presented by GIS

Vianney Boum-Yamb and Rachel Young named April Bison of the Month presented by GIS

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced the April Bison of the Month recipients presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS). Senior women's track and field runner Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) and men's track and field sprinter Vianney Boum-Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) were selected. This is both Young’s and Boum-Yamb’s first time winning Bison of the Month for the 2014-15 academic year.

Young is a four-year letterwinner for the women’s track and field team and recently set a new school record for the 10,000-meter run at the Goucher College Classic this season with a time of 45 minutes, 53.76 seconds, beating the old record by 40.04 seconds, previously held by Lisa Kluth in 1992. Exactly three weeks later, she improved on her school record mark with a time of 45:10.02.

"I am very proud of Rachel for everything that she accomplished this season," said Gallaudet track and field head coach Byron Moore. "She overcame a stress fracture at the end of the cross country season, which had me concerned about her performance for track season or whether she would be able to run at all. Not only did Rachel run in every meet, she broke the school record for the 10,000...twice! I couldn't be happier."

Boum-Yamb is a four-year letterwinner for the men’s track and field team and is a school record holder as a member of the 4x400 relay team (3:23.98) and holds three school indoor records for the 60-meter dash (6.99 seconds), 200-meter dash (23.63 seconds) and as a member of the 4x200 relay team. This spring Boum-Yamb was Gallaudet's top sprinter in the 100 and 200-meter dash when the Bison competed at Goucher College, Messiah College, Christopher Newport University and Shippensburg University.

"Vianney is an outstanding athlete who works hard every practice," said Moore. "As fast as he is, he’s always seeking ways to improve. That is why he has been the top sprinter for his four years here at Gallaudet University. I have worked closely with Vix over his career here and I am sad to see that his four years have come to a close."

These are the eighth, and final, Bison of the Month awards for the 2014-15 athletic season. Each month the Gallaudet University Athletics Department will recognize two standout student-athletes (one male, one female) from their respective sports. Previous winners include the month of March; softball’s senior center fielder Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.), and baseball’s sophomore first baseman Justin Strong (Charlotte, N.C.); February; from the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, junior Abdiel Davila-Cruz (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Thyra Wood (Great Falls, Mont.); January; women’s basketball senior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) and sophomore guard for the men’s basketball team Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.); December; women’s basketball junior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) and men’s basketball junior forward Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.), November; Gordon as well as women’s volleyball senior middle hitter Julia Wolff (Belleville, Ontario); October women’s soccer senior forward Sofia Lindevall (Stockholm, Sweden) and sophomore defensive lineman Devante Walters (Rockdale, Ga.); and September, women’s volleyball senior outside hitter Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) and sophomore men’s cross country runner Alex Close (Tallahassee Fla.).

2014-15 Gallaudet Bison of the Month presented by GIS

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