SALISBURY, Md. – Freshman jumper Darius Flowers (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) of the Gallaudet University men’s track and field team won the triple jump Saturday at the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships hosted by Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Flowers earns all-conference first team honors in the triple jump.
Flowers made his event-winning jump on his third try out of six. He leapt 48 feet, 3.5 inches (14.72 meters) to earn 10 of the 11 team points for the Bison on the day. The second-place jumper was nearly three feet behind Flowers.
The host Sea Gulls from Salisbury won its seventh consecutive CAC men’s track and field championship (12th overall). SU won 12 of the 20 events for 260 points which was a 100 more than second-place University of Mary Washington (148 points). York (Pa.) College took third-place with 121 points, Hood was fourth (41 points) followed by Wesley (35 points) and Gallaudet. The Sea Gulls also won their first-ever CAC women’s track and field championship to complete the sweep.
Gallaudet received its other team point from its 4x100 meter relay team which finished sixth overall with a time of 48.20 seconds to give the Bison one point.
Freshman Phillip Hayes (Baton Rouge, La.) competed in three different events for the Buff and Blue. The speedster just missed qualifying for the final in the 100-meter dash as he finished ninth overall with a time of 11.73 seconds. Hayes finished 15th overall in the 200-meter dash (24.94 seconds) and was 12th in the long jump (18 feet, seven inches – 5.66 meters).
GU had two runners in the 400-meter dash as freshman Kelvin Lunn (Cincinnati, Ohio) edged fellow freshman Mike Atwood (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Lunn finished 11th overall with a time of 55.72 seconds. Atwood was two spots behind in 13th place with a time of 58.24 seconds. Freshman Richard Camacho (Medford, Ore.) was ninth in the 1,500-meter run (5:29.45) as he finished a minute and a half behind the winner from Mary Washington, Matt Cash, who set a new CAC record (3:57.26).
In the throwing events, senior Joshua Doudt (Medina, Ohio) and freshman Kevin Allen (Houston, Texas) placed in the final two spots of three events. Allen edged out Doudt in the discus and hammer throw but Doudt beat Allen in the shot put. Allen had a toss of 73 feet, four inches (22.35 meters) in the discus compared to Doudt’s toss of 72 feet (21.94 meters). Allen also clipped Doudt in the hammer with a toss of 74 feet, four inches (22.67 meters) compared to 71 feet, one inch (21.66 meters). Doudt turned the tables in the shot put as his best throw was 33 feet, three inches (10.13 meters) which was over a foot better than Allen’s toss of 31 feet, 10.75 inches (9.72 meters). Salisbury All-American Brandon Fugett swept the three events as he easily outdistanced Gallaudet’s throwers by 20 feet in the shot put, 80 feet in the discus and nearly 90 feet in the hammer.
Three different Bison took the final three spots in the javelin. Freshman Kenneth Montanez (Brentwood, Tenn.) was 12th overall as he made a toss of 105 feet, seven inches (32.18 meters) followed by freshman Shawn Self (Colbert, Ga.) who made a throw of 101 feet, six inches (30.95 meters). Atwood was 14th with a toss of 100 feet, two inches (30.53 meters).
Gallaudet is off a week but will return to Salisbury, Md., on April 30-May 1 to participate in the Mason-Dixon championships.