ANNVILLE, Pa. - The 2010 Gallaudet University men's track and field indoor season began Saturday on the campus of Lebanon Valley College as the Bison finished tied for ninth out of 11 teams at the LVC Invitational. The Bison earned six points after 15 events as GU equaled the same point total that Penn State-Berks posted.
The host Dutchmen from LVC won the event with 92 team points. Catholic University of America was second with 67 points as the Cardinals edged out Goucher College by two. Capital Athletic Conference foes York (Pa.) College and Hood College finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with 64 and 45 points.
Sophomore Braden Painter earned Gallaudet's only team points after his third-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.47 seconds. The winning mark was set by LVC's Bryan Phanthavong who won the event in 8.24 seconds. Painter improved by a tenth of a second from his preliminary time of 8.54 seconds. Painter was also Gallaudet's top finisher in the 300-meter dash as he placed 15th overall as he crossed the finish line in 41.79 seconds. Close behind were teammates Kevin Lunn (43.64 seconds) and freshman Mike Atwood (44.03 seconds) who placed 22nd and 24th, respectively, out of 29 runners.
Atwood (Grand Rapids, Mich.) just missed earning team points for Gallaudet as he finished seventh in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:19.43. The top six finishers received team points. Freshman Richard Camacho (Medford, Ore.) was three spots behind his fellow Bison teammate in 10th place (1:24.01).
GU had three runners in the preliminaries of the 55-meter dash but neither made it to the finals. Sophomore Phillip Hayes (Baton Rouge, La.) was the top Bison runner as he finished 11th overall in 7.09 seconds. The top six runners advanced to the finals. Lunn was 25th overall (7.54 seconds) while freshman Shawn Self (Colbert, Ga.) was last as he crossed in 8.85 seconds.
Two other Gallaudet football standouts competed in the shot put, the only field event the Bison entered, as senior Joshua Doudt (Medina, Ohio) and freshman Kevin Allen (Houston, Texas) placed 17th and 18th overall, respectively. Doudt beat out Allen with a throw of 30 feet and 9.25 inches, five inches ahead of Allen.
Gallaudet will next compete at the Vince Brown Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., next Saturday, February 6.