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20/02/17

Athletics at BUCS Nationals 2017

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From 17 - 19 February 2017, the Athletics Club went to Sheffield for the annual BUCS Nationals Indoor competition where Birmingham has a strong history of medal winning performances. 

A stand out performer over the weekend was triple jumper, Lawrence Davis, a 3rd year sport scholar.

Davies was riddled with injuries for the most part of the 2015-16 academic year. He has worked extremely hard to get back to this point and his winning jump of 16.01 not only breaks an important barrier for him in terms of distance, it also set a University club record and places him 3rd in the UK! 

It's fantastic to see him surpass the form that earned him a scholarship in the first place.

Jake Porter was incredibly kind and loyal to race the 60m Hurdles for Birmingham, taking the gold medal, despite having a place in the illustrious Birmingham Grand Prix the next day!

Further brilliant performances came from Naomi Collier and Ian Crowe-Wright winning Silver and Bronze respectively in the 1500m and Mike Wilson coming 4th in the 800m.

Luke Gunn, Head of Athletics, said

‘These three middle distance runners showed incredible examples of the Athletics Club's grit and tenacity, achieving their highest ever BUCS finishing positions.’

Nick Cruchley took Bronze in the Pole Vault while Livvy Connor came 4th in the women's Pole Vault with an impressive personal best.

The women’s 4x200m relay team came 4th with a University record time of 1.40.84, runners were Ellie Edwards, Charlotte Orton, Ruth Onyekwe and Olivia Woodward.

Unfortunately sport scholar, Pippa Woolven, who qualified with ease for the 3000m final, was forced to withdraw due to illness.

Chris McAlister was disqualified, moments after winning his 400m semi-final after an extremely dominant performance and the men's team missed the opportunity to defend its relay title. 

Luke Gunn reviewed:

‘Most encouraging were our first year students making finals including Livvy Connor (pole vault), Charlotte Orton (60m and Relay) and Liv Woodward (Relay) who have shown that the future is still very bright for our club.

The agony of disqualifications, illnesses and near misses to medals and qualification for finals, has just poked the fire in the belly of the team who are now only nine weeks away from the BUCS Outdoor Championship; where you can guarantee we will be coming back hungrier than ever for silverware.'