SALISBURY, Md. – The Gallaudet University men’s outdoor track and field season got underway Saturday at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Bison finished fifth out of six teams in the opening outdoor meet.
Gallaudet accumulated 48 team points as it finished ahead of St. Mary’s (Md.) College with 17 points. The host Sea Gulls from Salisbury won the meet with 241 points to crush the field. Shenandoah sat in second place with 147 points followed by Gloucester Community College (82 points) and Middlesex Community College (75).
The Bison sprinters were able to be a factor in today's meet. Junior Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) displayed his speed as he won the 100-meter sprint, clocking in with a time of 11.14 seconds. With this performance, Boum Yamb improved on his season opener time from last season (11.62), showing great promise for what lies ahead this outdoor season. Freshman Chris Papacek (Cuero, Texas) placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.61 seconds in his collegiate debut.
"Both Vianney and Chris are right on track, especially considering the fact that Gallaudet has been plagued with terrible winter weather, making it difficult to get the most out of training," said Gallaudet coach Mikaela Gardner. "Yet, these two have shown that they can thrive through these hardships."
The men’s 800-meter run proved to be an exciting event, as Salisbury and Gloucester both had athletes finishing just under two minutes. Sophomore Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) was hot on their heals, as he finished in third with a time of 2:01.84, dropping nearly 17 seconds off last year season opener time. Gallaudet also placed four in the men’s 1,500-meter run, with Close leading the way coming in sixth out of 18 runners with a time of 4:38.30.
Sophomore Todd Collins (East Islip, N.Y. ) had a consistent day in the shot put, taking fifth place, as he steadily improved on each throw finishing in the finals with a throw of 11.98 meters. Senior Shelby Bean (Arvado, Colo.) took fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 33.26 meters. This marks the first time Bean has participated in the hammer throw event, showcasing his knack for competitiveness and potential for further success in the event.
Gallaudet will next turn its focus to the Goucher Invitational that takes place in three weeks (Saturday, March 29) in Towson, Md., at 9 a.m.