SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team participated at the Paul Kaiser Classic hosted by Shippensburg University on Saturday as the Bison student-athletes continue to improve heading into May.
Junior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) improved on his triple jump season best mark when he leaped 14.69 meters to finish second behind Shippensburg’s Steve Waithe who won the event with a jump of 14.71 meters. Flowers had previously won the triple jump in the past three meets he competed in. His previous season best mark was 14.38 meters that happened on March 24 at the Jopson Invitational in Bridgewater, Va.
The Bison relay teams continued to inch closer towards a school record as the 4x100 relay team of Shawn Gordon-Davis (Union City, Ga.), Flowers, Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) and freshman Michael Haynes (Granite City, Ill.) finished sixth in 44.10 seconds. Gordon-Davis, Boum Yamb, Flowers along with freshman James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.) competed in the 4x400 relay and placed fifth with the time of 3:30.70. Haynes finished the premilinaries of the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.12 seconds.
Three Bison speedsters competed in the 200-meter dash led by Gordon-Davis who finished 25th overall in 23.83 seconds followed by Haynes (32nd, 24.25) and Glenn (34th, 24.31). Glenn turned around and ran in the 400-meter dash and finished 26th overall in 55.40 seconds and was followed by teammate Kelvin Lunn (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 29th place (57.71).
Sophomore Chris Davis (Stillwater, Okla.) was over five minutes off the pace in the grueling 5,000-meter run as he crossed the finish line in 17th place with a time of 21:03.15 out of 17 runners.
In the javelin throw, Gallaudet assistant coach Joshua Kaehler, a highly decorated thrower during his collegiate career at Bucknell University, finished second overall as an unattached competitor with a throw of 64.30 meters. Shippensburg’s Derek Nothstein won the event with a toss of 64.80 meters. When Kaehler graduated from Bucknell in 2007 he left as a two-time Patriot League champion in the javelin and held the league and school record in the javelin (70.27 meters). Flowers competed in the javelin for Gallaudet and placed 23rd with a throw of 40.80 meters.
Gallaudet will next compete at the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships hosted by Gwynedd-Mercy College in Pennsylvania on May 5-6.