LA CROSSE, WIS. – Gallaudet University senior jumper Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) finished 13th overall in the men's long jump Thursday night at the 2013 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships being hosted on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus.
Flowers had the opportunity to make three jumps but didn’t advance to get three more chances to jump. His second jump of three was marked at 6.99 meters (22 feet, 11.25 inches), his best mark on the night. His first jump was 6.89 meters (with 3.4 wind) and his third jump was 6.85 meters.
Isaac Vazquez from the host school, Wisconsin-La Crosse, won the event with a jump of 7.74 meters (25 feet, 4.75 inches). Vazquez is the reigning national champion in this event. The top eight finishers earn All-American honors. The eighth-place jumper this year was Antwon James from Concordia (Ill.) as he cleared 7.22 meters (23 feet, 8.25 inches).
Flowers will next turn his attention to his main event, triple jump, which will take place on Saturday, May 25, at 12:35 p.m. local time. Flowers will see Vazquez again in the triple jump after the Wisconsin-La Crosse student-athlete placed second in the event last year and won the event in 2011.
"Darius placed far better than he was seeded in the long jump coming into the championships," said Gallaudet track and field coach Mikaela Hudson. "He just began his long jumping career two months ago so his performance today was remarkable. We are looking forward to his main event on Saturday!"