Two Gallaudet Athletes with Record-breaking Performance, one Record-tying Time Ruled Ineligible
Gallaudet Javelin Thrower Sets School and American Record
Gallaudet University’s Javelin Thrower Leslye Kang broke her school and American record with a throw of 43.98m (144’ 3”) at the Messiah Invitational in Grantham, PA on April 14, 2012.
Kang broke her old record on March 24 when she threw a 39.37m (129’ 2”) in the javelin. The new record is a 4.61m (15’ 1”) improvement.
With this record-breaking throw, Kang is closing on the Deaf Women’s World Record for the Javelin Throw currently held by Japanese athlete Yu Sato with a distance of 46.20m (151’ 7”) set at the 2008 World Deaf Athletics Championships in Izmir, Turkey. Kang is only 2.22m (7’ 4”) away from owning the world record.
Gallaudet Male Hurdler Breaks School Record
In 1989, Eric Roberts set a Gallaudet University school record with a time of 15.74 in the 110m Hurdles. That record fell last weekend on April 14th at the Messiah Invitational when Michael Haynes had a time of 15.64.
Originally, Roberts ran a 15.5 Hand-Timed (HT) at Catholic University of America Cardinal Classic. It is Track & Field standard for .24 seconds to be added to any HT finishes before Fully Automatic Time (FAT a.k.a. "Electronically Time") became common in Track & Field. The .24-second rule applies to any non-relay event under 400 meters that is HT.
This means while Haynes did not run faster than Roberts' HT unofficial of 15.5, Haynes ran a .10 second faster than the official time of 15.74, placing his name in the school record books.
Gallaudet Runner Ties American Record, Ineligible due to Wind-aided Time
Gallaudet University Hurdler Mariah Ransom was on her way to having her name placed in the American Record books. In the same Messiah Invitational, Ransom tied the American Record with a time of 14.75 in the 100m Hurdles.
However, the record was denied eligible as the run was wind-aided by +2.2 meters per second. For a record to be eligible, the wind-aid meters per second must be under +2. Ransom's best-qualified time of the weekend was a 15.32 in the preliminaries.
Ransom also ran a time of 1:07.80 in the 400m Hurdles, almost a second slower off the school record she owns with a time of 1:06.98.