SELLINSGROVE, Pa. - The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team began its 2013 season with an indoor meet Saturday at the Susquehanna University Invitational. The Bison 4x200 meter relay broke a school record and senior Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) won the triple jump.
Sophomore Michael Haynes (Granite City, Ill.), freshman Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.), Flowers and Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) ran home with a new school record in the 4x200 relay as Yamb crossed the finish line in one minute, 36.79 seconds. GU was fourth overall, two seconds behind the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1:34.37). GU’s time is nearly three seconds faster than the old mark of 1:39.30 set on Feb. 15, 1992, by the quartet of Rodd Gatewood, Darrin Green, Radcliffe Pryce and Scott Kendziorski at the Dickinson Invitational.
Flowers won the triple jump on his third of six jumps when he cleared 14.23 meters (46 feet, 8.25 inches). He finished over five feet ahead of the second-place jumper. Flowers fouled on his first jump before getting off four solid jumps, including two over 14 meters.
Close, sophomore James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.), Boum Yamb and Flowers formed Gallaudet’s 4x400 relay team, who finished fourth overall (3:37.13) just behind first-place Susquehanna (3:29.94).
Boum Yamb just missed making the final heat of the 60-meter dash as he clocked in at 7.35 seconds (seventh place) in the preliminary round. Haynes was 40th overall in the 200-meter dash (25.60 seconds) but the event was filled with a lot of speedsters as Salisbury University’s Jacob Adedeji won the event in 23.22 seconds.
Close was seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.01 seconds, just under three seconds of Messiah College’s Alex Yoder (50.72 seconds) who won the event. Glenn was 31st in the 400-meter dash as he clocked in at 57.74 seconds.
Gallaudet freshman Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.), a standout on the Bison cross country team, made his debut in the 3,000-meter run and finished 25th overall with a time of 10:12.15.
GU will next compete in the George Mason Winter Open in Fairfax, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 24.