SELLINSGROVE, Pa. – Members of the Gallaudet University men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the SU Open hosted by Susquehanna University on Saturday. This was the second indoor meet for the men’s team and the first for the women.
Junior Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) broke the school indoor record in the 60-meter dash as he finished second overall in 6.99 seconds, just behind Susquehanna’s Kwane Hayle who won the race in 6.95. Boum Yamb won his preliminary heat in 7.01.
“Vianney had a great start in both of his 60-meter races [today]. Getting his start in order is exactly what we have been focusing on and he performed just as we expected,” said Gallaudet coach Mikaela Gardner. “We are two weeks out from our first outdoor meet and we are excited about the continued development of Vianney and our men’s and women’s teams.”
Boum Yamb tied his school record mark in the 200-meter dash, a record he set two weeks ago at the same track, as he finished fifth overall in 23.63 seconds. Hagerstown’s Chris Gardner won with a time of 23.14. GU’s John Isaacson was 36th overall but he won his heat as he crossed the finish line in 26.36 seconds. Isaacson placed 29th in the 400-meter dash in 58.20 seconds to establish a new school mark. Sophomore Taylor Clark (Portland, Ore.) placed 10th in the 5,000-meter run as he finished in 17:33.88.
On the women’s side, Shellane McKitty placed 21st in the 60-meter dash (8.88 seconds) and 26th in the 200-meter dash (30.07 seconds) as she won her heat. McKitty establishes a school record in the 60-meter dash. Junior Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) ran competitively in the 5,000-meter run as she finished in 24:50.12, placed 12th overall.
“Competing in these indoor meets prepares us for the outdoor season,” said Gardner. “This gives our athletes the opportunity to work out the kinks before the outdoor season begins.”
The Bison will next run in the Mason Last Chance indoor meet on Sunday, March 2, on the campus of George Mason University.