WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team will kick-off their 2013 season when they travel to Salisbury, Md., to compete in the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet on March 2 after the Bison tuned up with two indoor meets in February. The Bison return six athletes from last year's team, two from previous seasons and add eight newcomers to the squad.
“The indoor meets will help us to be more competitive in the outdoor season. The only way to compete well is to compete often and get started on the right foot,” said Gallaudet University track and field head coach Mikaela Hudson, who enters her third season at the helm.
Jumper and sprinter Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) will look to regain his All-American form in 2013. Two years ago, Flowers finished sixth in the triple jump at the 2011 NCAA Division III outdoor championships to earn All-American honors and set a new school record in the process. Flowers holds the school record in the triple jump with a mark of 15.07 meters (49 feet, 5.5 inches). Even while nursing a leg injury last season Flowers still made it to the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships and placed ninth overall in the triple jump.
“Darius is stronger and healthier than last year and has really stepped up in the weight room which will have a positive impact on his performance this season,” said Hudson.
Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.), Chris Davis (Stillwater, Okla.), James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.), Kelvin Lunn (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Neal Matthews (Kent Island, Md.) all ran cross country this season and had stellar personal bests, which should transition nicely into track season. Freshman Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) will also be making the transition from cross country, he’s going to be a great addition to an already solid 4x400 relay team.
Vianney BoumYamb (Silver Spring, Md.) was injured last season but is coming back strong, look for him to make big contributions in the 100, 200-meter dash, 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Sophomore Michael Haynes (Granite City, Ill.) is returning this season after an outstanding freshman season. Hudson thinks we will see an even better season out of Haynes this year.
Senior Kevin Allen (Houston, Texas), a standout on the Bison football team, returns as GU's top thrower after a year off. Junior Ken Montanez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also rejoins the track program this year as well.
“Look for a healthier, stronger team this year. We should see new school records and a lot of personal bests,” said Hudson.
The 2013 men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia this season. The Bison’s first meet will take place in Salisbury, Md., at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University on March 2. On March 30, both teams will participate in the Goucher Invitational in Towson, Md.
In April, the Bison will travel to five different meets starting with the Jim Taylor Invitational in Selinsgrove, Pa., on April 6, hosted by Susquehanna University. On April 12 and 13, Gallaudet will travel to Greensboro, N.C., for the Aggie Invitational hosted by North Carolina A&T. On April 13, some Bison will compete in the Messiah Invitational in Grantham, Pa. The New Captains’ Classic will be on April 20, in Newport News, Va. The last meet of the month for the Bison will take place from April 25-27 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
The Bison will compete in two meets in May, the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Championships in Newport News, Va., hosted by Christopher Newport University on May 4 and Aggies Last Chance Meet in Greensboro, N.C. hosted by North Carolina A&T on May 12. For those who qualify, the ECAC Outdoor Championships will be May 16-17 and the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships will be held May 23-25 in La Crosse, Wis.
“We’ve added new meets this year with harder competition. We will be competing against Division I schools in North Carolina which will greatly benefit the athletes and get them ready to compete at a higher level in the postseason,” said Hudson.