WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's track and field program has made significant strides in the last decade, and continues to make strides as the program grows with the intention of becoming a respected, well-organized NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field school.
"This year the number of long distance runners, jumpers and hurdlers have greatly increased, this provides a much better opportunity for the team to earn points and win meets," said Gallaudet track and field coach Byron Moore.
The team has been competing indoors for the last three months and will make the move outdoors to compete in eight meets during the 2017 season.
The Bison saw several sprinters excel during the 2017 indoor track and field season and are hoping that the momentum gained during the indoor season will carry over into the outdoor season.
After graduating several runners following the 2016 season, Gallaudet's veterans along with several newcomers have already shown their potential and commitment to compete at a high level.
Here is a breakdown of the 2017 men's outdoor track and field team.
Records: Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden), 3,000 meter run (9:01.37); Kingstedt, 5,000 meter run (15:15.31); Kingstedt, 10,000 meter run (32:22.81)
Highlight: The Bison Invitational and the Gallaudet Invitational
Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), Jr.
Varice has returns for his third season with the track and field team and has already put his explosiveness on display during the indoor track and field season. He was a top finisher for the Bison in all of the indoor meets and set a new school record in the 200-meter dash during the Vince Brown Invitational on Feb. 4, when he crossed the finish line in 23.14 seconds.
John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa), Sr.
Isaacson is one of the captains as he enters his final year with the track and field team for the Bison. He is expected to run sprints and hurdles. In 2016, he was a member of the of the men's cross country team where he built stamina and endurance that will carry over onto the track.
Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Bison will go forward without the 2015 NEAC Cross Country Runner of the Year, Rookie of the Year, All-NEAC First Team honoree and six-time NEAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week. Kingstedt also set school records last year in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs during the outdoor season.
Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.)
Garner has decided to take the year off. His absence leaves a gap in the team in various field events including the discus and the shot put.
Nick Jones (Fulton, Mo.), Fr.
Jones was quick to show off his ability, as he was a top finisher for the Bison in sprinting events throughout the 2016-17 indoor track and field season. He consistently scored points during the indoor track and field season and is expected to do the same as he makes the shift to the outdoor track. During the indoor season, he competed and saw success in the 60, 200 and 400 meter dashes, and joined several teammates for the 4x200 meter relay event.
Jack Gray (Atherton, N.C.), Fr.
Gray is expected to be another up and coming sprinter for the Bison. He is expected to join Varice in the 4x100 meter relay event. During the indoor season, he participated in the long jump and the 4x400 meter relay event.
Kai Christenberry (Birmingham, Ala.), Fr.
Christenberry was a member of the 2016 men's cross country team but has made the shift as a sprinter on the track and field team. During the indoor season he excelled during the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relay events.
- Season opener: Lloyd Sigler Spring Classic at Salisbury University (March 4)
- Home meet: Bison Invite at Gallaudet University (April 22)
- Final Meet: Paul Kaiser Classic at Shippensburg University (April 29)
- Division III National Championship: SPIRE Institute (May 25-27)
The season will open up at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University on March 4. Three weeks later on March 25, the Bison will compete at the Goucher College Track & Field Classic in Towson, Md.
GU will wrap up the month of March and welcome April at the 31st Annual Battleground Relays hosted by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., on March 31-April 1. Two weeks later, Gallaudet will compete at another two-day meet. The New Captains Classic is hosted by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., and will be held over the weekend of April 14-15.
Gallaudet will travel for the Atlantic Independent Championship Meet hosted by Methodist University in Durham, N.C., on April 20 for the first time in program history.
On April 22, Gallaudet University will host the Bison Invitational at the Thomas O. Berg Track at Hotchkiss Field. This is the only home track and field event for Gallaudet.
The Bison will wrap up the season at the Paul Kaiser Classic at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania on April 29.
If any Gallaudet student-athletes qualify for the 2017 Division III Outdoor Championships, they will compete on May 25-27 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.