SALISBURY, Md. – Freshman Darius Flowers (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) finished second in the triple jump at the 2010 Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships hosted by Salisbury University on Saturday. Flowers’ best jump of the day was 47 feet and 1.75 inches (14.37 meters) but was nearly 10 inches shy of the first-place winner. Flowers commited fouls on his first two attempts. His best jump came on his second to last attempt. Christopher Newport University’s Kwarteng Asare won the event with a leap of 47 feet, 11 inches (14.60 meters).
Flowers was the lone Bison to compete from the Gallaudet men’s and women’s track and field program. His second-place performance gave Gallaudet eight team points as the Bison finished ninth overall out of nine teams. The host Sea Gulls won the men’s competition with 195 points while CNU won the women’s competition with 232 points.
Two weeks ago at the same track, Flowers won the triple jump in the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference championships with a jump of 48 feet, 3.5 inches (14.72 meters) but was aided by 6.4 wind so the mark won the event but didn’t set the conference record. Flowers has met the NCAA Division III provisional mark for the triple jump but is not secured a spot in the outdoor championships yet.
Flowers will try and punch his ticket to the NCAA Division III outdoor championships at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships hosted by Springfield College on May 13-14.