SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team participated Saturday in the Jim Taylor Invitational hosted by Susquehanna University in Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium. The Bison brought home several first-place showings, new personal records in the meet that didn’t have team scores.
Senior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) won the triple jump and made his debut in the long jump and won that as well. In the triple jump his winning leap was recorded as 14.40 meters (47 feet, three inches) while his long jump mark was 6.72 meters (22 feet, 0.75 inches).
Sophomore Michael Haynes (Edwardsville, Ill.) won the 110-meter hurdles event in 15.69 seconds while freshman Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) ran the 10,000-meter run for the first in his collegiate career and won in 35:10.6.
Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) was second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.35 seconds and second in the 200-meter dash (22.98). Haynes was seventh in the 200 as he crossed in 24.10 and was followed by Jimel Wright (Chicago, Ill.) in 10th place (24.67). GU had four of the top 12 finishers in the 200-meter dash as Rood Metulous (Bedford, N.Y.) took 12th place (25.38).
Chris Davis set a new personal best in the 1,500-meter run when he crossed the finish line in 4:48.54. Freshman Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) was third in the 400-meter dash as he was clocked in 51.08 seconds.
The Bison 4x400 meter relay team of Haynes, Flowers, Boum Yamb and Close set a new school record with their time of 3:24.80. They finished second in the event and just missed the ECAC qualification time. The old school record was 3:26.28 set last season (May 6, 2012) at the Mason-Dixon Championships in Gwyneed Valley, Pa. Haynes and Flowers were on last year's record setting relay team.
In the throwing events, three different Bison placed in the shot put. Chris Richardson (Mobile, Ala.) led the way with an eighth place showing with a toss of 10.38 meters (34 feet, 0.75 inches). Kenneth Montanez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was right behind in ninth when he cleared 8.93 meters (29 feet, 3.75 inches). Nicholas Wilczynski (Hampton, Va.) set a new personal record as he placed 11th overall when his toss traveled 7.87 meters (25 feet, 10 inches).
The Bison track and field program will be in two locations next week as the team will split up between the two-day Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., on April 12-13, and the Messiah Invitational in Grantham, Pa., on April 13.