NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Gallaudet University sophomore jumper Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) won the triple jump at the 2011 Mason-Dixon Conference outdoor track and field championships on Saturday at Christopher Newport University. Flowers jumped a career best 14.56 meters to win the event and earn all-conference honors. His mark meets the NCAA Division III provisional mark that qualifies him for the national championships in late May but he will have to wait for the official announcement by the NCAA once the final fields are set. Flowers fell .75 inches shy of tying the school record in the triple jump of 47-10 held by Ken Myers, who set that mark in 2003.
Flowers also participated in two different team relays that placed seventh at the championships. Flowers joined fellow sophomores Shawn Gordon-Davis (Union City, Ga.) and Kelvin Lunn (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Ryan Brubaker (Baltimore, Md.) in the 4x100 relay that finished with a time of 45.10 seconds. Flowers, Gordon-Davis, Lunn along with sophomore Jocus Houston (Baton Rouge, La.) formed the Bison 4x400 relay as the sophomore crew finished in 3:41.85.
Christopher Newport won the men’s championship with 205 points followed by Penn St.-Behrend (133 points) and Methodist (90). Gallaudet finished with 10 points to place 7th out of eight teams. University of Mary Washington, former Capital Athletic Conference foe to the Bison, was 8th with five points.
The Mason-Dixon Conference was founded in 1936 as a track and field only conference for schools from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. The original schools included American University, Baltimore University, Catholic University of America, University of Delaware, Gallaudet University, Johns Hopkins University, Randolph-Macon College, Washington (Md.) College and Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).