LYNCHBURG, Va. – Gallaudet University men’s track and field standout Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) competed Thursday evening at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier and finished in fourth place in the triple jump. The sophomore jumper made six jumps as his top mark of 14.60 meters (47 feet, 11 inches) placed him fourth overall in the final event standings.
Flowers was trying to improve on his career best mark of 14.56 meters that he set on April 30 at the Mason-Dixon Conference outdoor championships at Christopher Newport University. Flowers’ breaks the old school record of 47 feet, 10 inches by one inch. Ken Myers set the old mark in 2003. Flowers is ranked among the Top 10 triple jump athletes in NCAA Division III this season.
Marcus Robinson won the event with a new facility record jump of 16.06 meters (52 feet, 8.25 inches). Liberty jumpers Anthony Bryant and Chris Johnson were second and third, respectively, with jumps of 14.92 meters and 14.85 meters.
Flowers will next compete in the 2011 ECAC Division III championships that will be hosted by Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., on May 19-20.