TROY, N.Y. – Junior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) finished second in the triple jump at the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III men’s track and field championships hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this past Thursday and Friday.
Flowers had a consistent flight of jumps as all six attempts surpassed 14 meters. He saved his best jump for last when he cleared 14.58 meters to take second place in the triple jump. The 14.58 meters mark is a new personal record for Flowers at the ECAC championships. Last year, he made a leap of 14.52 meters to finish second overall. Williams College’s Tomas Kearney won the 2012 event with a jump of 14.66 meters. Since Flowers placed in the top eight he earns All-ECAC honors for a second straight year.
Flowers earned eight team points for his performance to place Gallaudet tied for 37th place among 63 teams that received team points in the final standings. Bates College won a third straight championship with 61 points followed by Rowan University with 49 points and Ramapo College of New Jersey with 40 points.
Freshman Michael Haynes (Granite City, Ill.) made his ECAC championship debut in the 110-meter hurdles and finished 20th overall in the preliminaries with a time of 16.38 seconds with 1.4 wind aided to his back. His time did not qualify him for the final race, which takes the top eight runners from the preliminaries.
Flowers will next prepare for the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Claremont, Calif., from May 24-26. Last year, Flowers finished sixth overall in the triple jump to earn All-American honors.