BALTIMORE – It was a far from ideal day for men’s track and field but the strong rain showers couldn’t stop Gallaudet University from participating in the Johns Hopkins-Loyola Invitational at the Loyola University Track Complex. The rain did wash out some of the events as only 15 men’s events were completed on Saturday.
Gallaudet participated in eight of the 15 events as the Bison went up against several Division I schools in the University of Maryland and Rider University along with a slew of other Division III programs.
Sophomore jumper Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) won the triple jump event for the fifth time this season. Flowers went up a small field of five other jumpers but three didn’t record marks because of fouls. Flowers jumped 13.15 meters and beat out Johns Hopkins Harper Wilson’s 12.65 meters.
Senior Cole Johnson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) made his track and field debut on Saturday and was the top Bison in the long jump as he finished eighth overall with a jump of 5.02 meters. Silvio DiCristo (Atco, N.J.) was right behind Johnson in ninth with a leap of 4.88 meters. In the last field event, sophomore Shelby Bean (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was eighth in the shot put with a throw of 8.98 meters while fellow sophomore Kevin Allen (Houston, Texas) was two spots back in 10th (8.24 meters).
On the wet track the Bison 4x100 meter relay team of Johnson, Flowers and sophomores Kelvin Lunn (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Shawn Gordon-Davis (Union City, Ga.) finished fifth in 46.67 seconds. Gordon-Davis was also fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.34 seconds. In the same event GU had runners finish 8th through 13th place. Gordon-Davis also led the way for the Buff and Blue in the 100-meter dash as he finished sixth overall in 11.40 seconds just behind JHU’s Tobe Madu (11.19 seconds). Freshman Ryan Brubaker (Baltimore, Md.) was 8th for Gallaudet in 11.64 seconds as the Bison finished 10th through 13th to round out the event.
Lunn was the first Bison to finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.59 seconds as GU had three additional runners take 13th, 14th and 15th place. Sophomore Max Wilding (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the lone Bison in the 5,000-meter run (17:44.08).
The Gallaudet track and field program is off for two weeks as the Bison will next compete at the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships on Friday, April 29, at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.