TOWSON, Md. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team finished fifth out of six teams at the Goucher Classic hosted at Gopher Stadium in Towson, Md., on Saturday. The Bison competed in nearly half of the events (9-of-21) offered as the meet featured three Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) foes and two former CAC members.
York (Pa.) College breezed to first place as the Spartans accumulated 283 team points to complete the sweep as their women’s team won with 203 points. Catholic University of America (135 points) was second followed by Hood College (101) and the host Gophers from Goucher College (87). Gallaudet tallied 29 points while Marymount (Va.) University chipped in two points. Goucher and Catholic used to be members of the CAC before they left for the Landmark Conference.
Freshman Darius Flowers (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) won the triple jump once more as he recorded a distance of 13.77 meters to earn 10 team points. The second place jumper from Hood posted a jump of 12.45 meters. This is the third straight meet Flowers has dominated the triple jump. Flowers also showed his speed in the 400-meter dash where he placed third overall with a time of 55.15 seconds to grab six more team points. He was just over a second and a half away from first-place. Fellow freshman Kelvin Lunn (Cincinnati, Ohio) was eighth in the same event with a time of 57.18 seconds.
GU also got big points from its 4x100 meter relay team who finished second behind York with a time of 46.20 seconds to grab eight points.
Freshman Phillip Hayes (Baton Rouge, La.) helped Gallaudet secure four points as he earned two fifth-place finishes. Hayes was fifth in the long jump (5.79 meters) and the 100-meter dash (12.00 seconds). Hayes’ teammate and fellow classmate Shelby Bean (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was eighth in the 100-meter dash. Bean crossed in 12.55 seconds to earn a point for the Buff and Blue.
The Bison had two runners finish in the top eight of the 1,500-meter run as freshmen Max Wilding (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Richard Camacho (Medford, Ore.) finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Wilding crossed the finish line in 4:47.08 while Camacho was slightly behind at 5:24.41.
In the field events, freshman Kevin Allen (Houston, Texas) represented the Bison in the hammer throw and shot put. Allen was eighth in the shot put (10.01 meters) and 10th in the hammer (23.38 meters). Freshmen Kenneth Montanez (Brentwood, Tenn.) finished ninth in the javelin with a toss of 28.25 meters.
GU is off for two weeks before the Bison compete at the Lynchburg College Track and Field Classic on Saturday, April 10, in the final tune-up before the CAC championships a week later.