BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Freshman Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) traveled down to Bridgewater, Va., to participate in the Last Chance Meet hosted by Bridgewater (Va.) College on Wednesday afternoon. Flowers won the triple jump but his distance was still short of making the NCAA championships automatic qualifying distance of 14.85 meters.
Flowers won the triple jump on Wednesday with a leap of 45 feet, 8.5 inches (13.93 meters) with a 1.5 wind. He beat out Eastern Mennonite’s Michael Allen (13.75 meters) and Christopher Newport University’s Kwarteng Asare (12.94 meters).
Flowers’ jumps have steadily decreased over the past month since his season-best jump of 14.72 meters, which was wind aided, at the CAC championships. He jumped 14.37 meters at the Mason-Dixon outdoor championships and 14.13 meters at the ECAC championships last weekend. His Mason-Dixon jump ranks 24th overall in Division III ranks this season. The last qualifier for the NCAA championships in the triple jump last year had a jump of 14.50 meters.
Flowers will now have to wait until the official field is announced this weekend. The 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held from May 27-29 in Berea, Ohio, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.