08 May Race Review // BUCS Athletics Championships 2013

Men’s BUCS Review

Anglia Ruskin’s James Shane won the traditional blue riband event, the men’s 1500m. After an injury-hit 2012, the 2011 UK 1500m champion returned to pip Loughborough’s Jake Wightman to the line and took gold in 3:43:29.

Paul Goodall made sure the men’s 800m title stayed in Loughborough with victory from Jack Walker and Daniel Cheeseman in 1:51.15 as Jonny Hay, in the colours of Birmingham University, showed his class to take gold in the 5000m in 14:45.54.

922773_10152794106635008_360095603_nAlex Dunbar (see interview post-race HERE) of St Mary’s, in his track 10000m debut, held off the challenge of the returning Ryan McLeod to take victory in 30:51.53. GB XC international McLeod, sidelined for the best part of a year, finished second in 31:03.18.

Michael Warner finished fourth last year and outside the medals in the men’s 400m. The Nottingham Trent athlete demonstrated his huge improvements this year however by taking gold in 46.90. Team mate Christian Byron was just one hundredth outside making it a Notts Trent 1-2 as Loughborough’s Daniel Putman sat sandwiched in between.

William Gray of Birmingham Uni enjoyed a dominant seven second victory in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, with Loughborough’s Niall Flannery (50.10) winning his fourth consecutive BUCS title in equally dominant fashion in the men’s 400m Hurdles.

Bath’s David King took gold in the high hurdles; the 2013 English U20 champion clocking 14.32. Essex University’s Adeseye Ogunlewe won the 100m in a wind-assisted 10.41 whilst Deji-Henry Tobais took gold for the second successive year in the men’s 200m in 21.49.

Loughborough University retained their overall BUCS team title following the three days of events and this dominance was underlined by a clean sweep in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events.940882_10152794104275008_1719564333_n

Nathan Fox headed a Brunel University 1-2 in the men’s triple jump. The twenty two year old jumped to within sixteen seconds of his best to win with 16.13; Michael Puplampu was second with 15.77.

David Guest leapt to 7.19m to take gold for Loughborough University in the long jump whilst Ray Bobrownicki pipped Simon Phelan to gold with a 2.16m effort in the high jump. Neil Crossley threw a personal best in the javelin to grab victory with 73.41m.

Birmingham’s Nathan Cruchley was streets ahead in the pole vault, winning with a height of 5.00m whilst Timothy Willaims (58.87) led a Loughborough 1-2 from Craig Murch in the hammer.

Zane Duquemin dominated in the discus and shot putt events. The St Mary’s athlete threw the discus out to 58.82m to win by three metres and also set a new Championship Best Performance in the shot putt. Duquemin eclipsed Kieran Kelly’s 18.21 from 2009 to win with a throw of 18.87m.

Women’s BUCS Review

Both winners of the one lap events finished just four hundredths off the BUCS Championship Best Performance marks set by two current GB internationals. Kirsten McAslan of Bath won the women’s 400m, crossing the line just shy of Perri Shakes Drayton’s 2010 best in 53.02.

UWE’s Jessie Barr was the same margin behind Eilidth Child’s 2008 mark in the 400m Hurdles, crossing the line ahead of Emily Bonnett in 58.07.

Marilyn Nwawulor won the 100m title. The Middlesex athlete made sure the title stayed in-house, following Montell Douglas’ victory last year, and won in 11.97. Loughborough’s Emily Diamond took victory in the 200m for the second successive year; Diamond lined up the fastest in the field and won out from Bath’s Jo White once again to retain her title in 23.87.

935392_10152794108360008_1084323635_nUK Indoor Champion and Irish middle distance international Claire Tarplee took a second out of Hanna Tarver to take the BUCS 800m title in 2:07.66. Emily Dudgeon went into the race the fastest in the field thanks to her 2:02.32 at the IAAF World Junior Champs last year and eventually finished third in 2:09.00.

Brunels’ Melissa Courtney won the women’s 1500m title ahead of Gemma Kersey. The pair were well ahead of the rest of the field, with Courtney eventually winning out from the Eamonn Martin-coached athlete by just four tenths of a second in 4:18.07.

Amy Campbell ran to within three seconds of her personal best to grab victory in the women’s 5000m in 16:27.11 as Edinburgh’s Rhona Auckland added the BUCS 10000m title to the Scottish National U20 XC title she won earlier in the year. Auckland won by a comfortable twenty second margin in 34:07, smashing both her road and track PBs in the process.

Karla Drew managed to go one better than her second place finish in 2012 with victory in the 100m Hurdles in 13.62 as Emily Stewart set a new Championship Best Performance in the women’s 2000m Steeplechase. Third over 1500m at the BUCS Indoors earlier in the year, Stewart shaved fifteen hundredths off the previous best mark to win by nine seconds in 6:36.45.

946785_10152794107310008_2086382811_nLoughborough University’s women ruled the throwing events, with victories coming in the Discus, Javelin and Hammer.

Samanatha Milner threw the discus out to 47.25m to win by over six metres. Isabelle Jeffs comfortably retained her Javelin title by an almost seven metre margin. Her 53.29m effort dropped just short of her Championship Best Performance winning throw from 2012. Myra Perkins completed the Loughborough dominance with victory in the hammer with a 58.20m throw.

Cardiff’s Sarah Benson prevented a Loughborough clean sweep though with victory in the Shot Putt. Her 13.79m effort saw her take the title ahead of Brunels’ Jo Rowland.

As with the men, Loughborough University were completely dominant in the relays, winning both the 4x100m and 4x400m events with relative ease.

Chris Rainsford’s Top 3

1 – Alex Dunbar – with a 31:45 road best to his name, held off the challenge of the returning Ryan McLeod to win on his track 10k debut. 5th in the BUCS XC, should be looking to smash his track bests this summer.

2 – Zane Duquemin – the undoubted star of the show in the throws, the St Mary’s man won by three metres in the discus AND set a new Championship Best Performance in the shot putt. Duquemin won for the third consecutive championships and smashed Kieran Kelly’s 18.21 from 2009 to win with 18.87m.

3 – Rhona Auckland – added the BUCS 10000m title to the Scottish National U20 XC title she won earlier in the year. Not yet 20 years old, Auckland won by a comfortable twenty second margin in 34:07 and smashed both her road and track PBs in the process.

Matt Wood’s Top 3

1 – Niall Flannery – so close to his PB in the 400m Hurdles first race out AND he pretty much won the 4x400m on his own after that 1st Leg, took what looked like 1.5/2 seconds out the rest. Expecting big things this summer.

2 – Kirsten McAslan – first race out with a PB, Trevor Painter (Jenny Meadows) coaches her as well, great prospect potentially over an 800m eventually.

3 – Emily Stewart – new Championship Best and a good run out over the distance. Great XC season and will be a threat nationally over the chase this summer hopefully.

Full Results HERE