INDIANAPOLIS – The official 2011 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championship field was announced Sunday night and Gallaudet University’s Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) made the cut in the triple jump. Flowers will compete in Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday, May 28, at the Selby Field & George Gauthier Track on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. The triple jump event is slated to begin at noon.
Flowers is one of 19 jumpers in the triple jump as he was ranked 14th overall for his season best jump of 14.60 meters he reached on May 5 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. The sophomore is one of three jumpers to check-in at 14.60 meters. Isaac Vazquez from Wisconsin-La Crosse is the top seed with a jump of 15.48 meters. Two-time defending triple jump champion Chrys Jones from Centre College is back for his senior year and qualified ninth overall with a jump of 14.88 meters. Jones won the 2010 triple jump title with a jump of 15.18 meters and the year before with a jump of 15.32 meters.
Flowers is the first Bison to make the NCAA outdoor track and field championship since 2003 when Ken Myers Jr. made the triple jump as a freshmen and finished seventh in his flight and didn't advance to the finals. Since the first NCAA Division III triple jump championship in 1974 to present (37 years) only six times did the national champion jump less then 15 meters.
The highest a Bison has ever finished in the track and field championships is fourth in their respective event. Richard Jacobs finished fourth in the 1990 decathlon and Betsy Bachtel was fourth in the 5,000 meter run in 1986.
The Gallaudet men’s and women’s track and field program has six All-American awards as five previous competitors in either the outdoor or indoor championships earned All-American honors. To become an All-American one needs to finish in the top eight of their event. Bachtel was a two-time All-American in 1986 with her running performances in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter events.
Follow the 2011 NCAA Division III men’s outdoor track and field championships from May 26-28 at its official website here – www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-men/d3.
All-time NCAA Division III Track and Field
Championships All-Americans from Gallaudet
1983 – David Conley* (discus)
1986 – Betsy Bachtel** (3,000 and 5,000 meter runs)
1990 – Richard Jacobs* (decathlon)
1993 – Wayne Langbein* (discus)
2004 – Ken Myers Jr.*^ (triple jump)
* - All-American
^ - Indoor Championships