SALISBURY, Md. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field season got underway Saturday at the Salisbury University Spring Classic where the Bison placed ninth out of 10 teams. GU scored team points in four of the 19 events as the Bison accumulated 20 points and just missed eighth-place by three points where Stevenson University sat. The meet marked the first for new head coach Mikaela Gardner as she made her coaching debut.
The host Sea Gulls won the event going away with 243 points as Shenandoah University finished a distant second with 112 points and Hood College posted 99 points to round out the top three.
Sophomore jumper Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) picked up where he left off last season as he won the triple jump with a leap of 14.41 meters, a full meter more than second-place jumper Brandon Lane from Salisbury. The first-place finish gave the Bison half of their total team points.
The Bison fared well in two different relays as the Buff and Blue placed fourth in the 4x100 meter relay and was seventh in the 4x400 meter relay. The 4x100 relay team consisted of freshman Ryan Brubaker (Baltimore, Md.), Flowers, Kelvin Lunn (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Shawn Gordon-Davis. The team finished in 46.11 seconds and was just two seconds off first. Hood College won the event in 44.82 seconds. In the 4x400 meter relay the same four runners accumulated four team points as it crossed the finish line in three minutes, 43.47 seconds.
Gallaudet secured one team point in the throwing events as Shelby Bean (Colorado Springs, Colo.) threw the discus 27.70 meters to finish eighth overall.
GU will be off for several weeks before the Bison will next participate in the Goucher College Classic on Saturday, March 26, in Towson, Md.