GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team placed 8th overall at the 2012 Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships this weekend hosted by Gwynedd-Mercy College. Christopher Newport University defended its championship with 162 points followed by Gwynedd-Mercy with 115 and Penn St.-Behrend with 87 to lead the group of eight teams. GU earned 17 team points.
Junior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) couldn’t defend his Mason-Dixon title in the triple jump as he finished second to CNU’s Asare Kwarteng. Flowers jumped 13.96 meters (45 feet, 9.75 inches) but out of reach of Kwarteng’s leap of 14.32 meters (46 feet, 11.75 inches). Flowers still earned Mason-Dixon all-conference honors for placing first, second or third in an event and secured eight team points in the process.
Freshman Michael Haynes (Granite City, Ill.) was Gallaudet’s other all-conference honoree as he finished third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.11 seconds to earn six team points.
Gallaudet’s 4x400 meter relay team of junior Shawn Gordon-Davis (Union City, Ga.), freshman James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.), Haynes and Flowers broke a school record with a time of 3:26.28 to place sixth overall in the event. The old record of 3:26.86 was set at the 1993 Mason-Dixon Championships in Salisbury, Md., on May 2, by the team of Rodd Gatewood, Alexander Jones, Steven Humber and Darrin Green.
The same four runners for the Bison lined up for the 4x100 meter relay and finished fifth in a very tightly contested race. Gallaudet crossed the finish line in 43.60 seconds, under a second from the school record, and was edged out by Methodist (43.50) and Virginia Wesleyan College (43.59) who placed third and fourth, respectively.
Glenn was 12th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.75 seconds and 17th in 200-meter dash (23.82) just behind Gordon-Davis, who crossed in 23.53 seconds for 16th place.
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).