TOWSON, Md. – Freshman distance runner Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) set a new Gallaudet University men’s track and field record in the 3,000 meter run Saturday as he finished the race in 9:45.84 and placed fourth overall at the Goucher College Invitational.
GU finished fourth overall out of eight teams with 74 points in 21 events scored. Salisbury University won the meet with 332.33 points followed by McDaniel College (147.66 points), Hood College (87), Gallaudet, Stevenson University (36), Goucher (25), Catholic University of America (14) and Loyola (Md.) University (eight).
Senior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) dominated the triple jump event as he won the event with a leap of 14.23 meters, which was just shy of the stadium record of 14.43 meters.
Sophomore James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.) was second in the 400-meter run as he crossed the finish line in 53.49 seconds, right on the heels of Salisbury’s Jarrell Young who won in 52.85.
Sophomore Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) had the fastest time in the 100-meter dash preliminaries but placed second overall in the finals as he blazed down the track in 11.17 seconds. His time was a new personal record for his career.
Boum Yamb and Glenn followed up their earlier performances with a solid showing in the 200-meter dash event as they finished second (22.84 seconds) and ninth (24.16), respectively. Sophomore Michael Haynes (Edwardsville, Ill.) was right behind Glenn in 10th place (24.23) followed by freshman Jimel Wright (Chicago, Ill.) in 12th (24.47). Wright’s time in the 100 meters (12.25) and 200 meters are new personal highs. Haynes finished third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.42). Jean-Pierre Kanashiro (Springfield, Va.) finished 10th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.11.
Gallaudet’s 4x400 meter relay team of Glenn, Haynes, Boum Yamb and Flowers won the event in 3:28.86 as the team showed good form. The 4x100 meter relay team of Wright, Boum Yamb, Haynes and Flowers finished second overall with a time of 44.08 seconds, a second off the winning mark of 43.00 set by Salisbury.
Alfaro, who is deaf and blind, set a new personal record in the 1,500-meter run as he placed 14th overall and crossed the finish line in 4:43.21.
“Ivan showed up to compete today,” said Gallaudet track and field coach Mikaela Hudson. “I could not have asked for anything more from him.”
In the field events, newcomer Chris Richardson (Mobile, Ala.) in his track and field debut finished eighth in the shot put with a toss of 11.35 meters. Junior Ken Montanez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a personal record in the javelin when his throw traveled 39.49 meters as he placed fifth in the event.
The Bison track and field program will next compete on Saturday, April 6, at the Jim Taylor Invitational in Selinsgrove, Pa., hosted by Susquehanna University.