GREENSBORO, N.C. – Gallaudet University’s top men’s track and field athletes headed south this weekend to participate at the Aggie Invitational hosted by North Carolina A&T State University. During the two-day invitational the Bison went toe-to-toe with Division I schools and Nike Elite athletes.
Senior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) broke a 50-year-old school record in the long jump as he cleared 7.09 meters (23 feet, three inches) on his second jump attempt to finish fourth overall. His jump breaks Williams Ramborger’s school mark of 6.99 meters (22 feet, 11.25 inches) that was set May 13, 1966, at the Mason-Dixon Championships in Emmitsburg, Md. Flowers is now ranked No. 3 in Division III for the long jump and qualifies for the ECAC championships.
Flowers placed fourth in his main event the triple jump. In his second jump he cleared 13.53 meters (44 feet, four inches). Kennan Smith from the University of North Carolina won the event with a jump of 15.52 meters.
Sophomore Michael Haynes (Edwardsville, Ill.) broke his own school record in the 110-meter hurdles as he finished in 15.26 seconds in Friday's preliminaries to lower his old mark of 15.64 he set last year at the Messiah Invitational. He finished the Saturday's finals in 15.43 to place fourth overall.
Sophomore Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) had a personal best time in the 100-meter dash as he finished the sprint in 10.78 seconds during the preliminaries. In the 200-meter dash, Boum Yamb won his section with a time of 22.24 seconds. Boum Yamb’s time in the 100-meter dash qualified him for the ECAC championships as it is one of the top times in Division III this season.
Freshman Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) won his section of the 400-meter dash as he crossed the finish line in 52.29 seconds. His teammate James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.) was right behind in third place (53.27). Close took third in the 800-meter run as he finished in 2:00.45.
Gallaudet’s 4x400 meter relay team of Haynes, Close, Boum Yamb and Flowers lowered its school record as the Bison finished fifth in 3:23.98. GU placed behind the University of Pittsburgh’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, South Carolina St. and N.C. Central. The quartet previously set the school record in this event last week at the Jim Taylor Invitational as they finished in 3:24.80.