WASHINGTON – History was made Saturday as Gallaudet University hosted its first NCAA men's and women's track and field meet since April 1992 at the Thomas O. Berg Track. As temperatures and wind chills dipped close to freezing there was high energy and effort on display by the five teams in action.
Gallaudet's men's team finished second overall with 133 team points, 24 behind first-place Hood College (157 points). The Bison women's team finished third with 99 points as Catholic University of America won with 142 points followed by Hood (123). Hagerstown Community College (79) and Goucher College (65) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on the women's side. Hagerstown (114), Catholic (79) and Goucher (18) round out the men's standings.
Senior Vianney Boum Yamb (Silver Spring, Md.) won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.55 seconds and was a member of Gallaudet's first-place 4x100 meter relay that won in 45 seconds flat. Boum Yamb was joined by freshmen Montray Roberts (Dallas, Texas), Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) and Brandon Capuano (Lexington, N.C.) on the relay. Junior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) won the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.55 seconds.
On the women's side, freshman Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) won the 100-meter dash in 14.30 seconds as the Bison placed four runners in the top five spots in this event. The Bison 4x100 meter relay team of freshman Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.), junior Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.), Shysh and sophomore Shellane McKitty (Yonkers, N.Y.) were second as they finished in 54.60 seconds just behind Hood College (54.45).
Two former Bison student-athletes, current coaching staff members, won their respective throwing events. Graduate assistant Shelby Bean rolled to a first-place finish as an unattached athlete in the men's hammer with a toss of 38.69 meters. Team intern Leslye Kang crushed the women's javelin event with a throw of 39.77 meters, close to 16 meters further than second place.
Gallaudet will compete next weekend at the Goucher Classic in Towson, Md., on Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m.