GREENSBORO, N.C. – Gallaudet University men’s track and field program sent a small contingent down to the Aggies Last Chance Meet on Sunday on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. The Bison returned with two new school records and the confidence needed to compete at this Thursday’s (May 16) ECAC outdoor track and field championship taking place in Springfield, Mass.
Senior jumper Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) set a new school mark in the triple jump when he cleared 15.20 meters (49 feet, 10.5 inches) to best his previous mark of 15.07 meters, he set two years ago at the NCAA Division III national championships in Delaware, Ohio. Flowers won the triple jump event on Sunday and was third in the long jump as he just missed his current school record mark of 7.18 meters with his jump of 7.16 meters.
Sophomore Michael Haynes (Edwardsville, Ill.) set a new school record in the 110-meter hurdles as he finished 12th with a time of 15.12 seconds. A month ago, on the same track at the Aggie Invitational, he set a school record in the same event with the time of 15.26 seconds.
“The Gallaudet student-athletes were holding their own against Division I, II and elite track and field athletes,” said Gallaudet coach Mikaela Hudson. “Being able to compete amongst elite competition shows their maturity and ability to remain focused and achieve personal and career best results.”
Freshman Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) was 26th in the 400-meter dash with a fast time of 52.82 seconds. Sophomore Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) ran in the 100 and 200-meter dash and finished 29th (11.12) and 24th (22.59), respectively.