The big meeting this past week (apart from the Aviva Grand Prix) was of course the British Universities Championships (BUCS) at Sheffield. Star of the show for B&W was Mike WILSMORE winner of the 1500m title. Mike ran an outstanding series (3:56.12; 3:55.98 & 3:57 56) with the 3:55 time in the semi-final being an indoor pb. I watched Mike run in Cardiff a few weeks ago where he returned a very impressive 3k in 8:38 so one feels that the over distance work set him in good stead for an arduous programme of 3 top races in 2 days. Well done Mike – you are this week’s top performer.
Ding YANG who is now at Birmingham University is, I understand, now concentrating wholly on his Long Jump. He performed with an excellent 6.37m in the qualifying series and then came 10th in the Final with a fine 6.32m. A good series to work from for the coming season Ding.
We had a good representation in the 800m with Chris DODD being our leading athlete finally going out of the Championships with a 1:58.36 in the semi-final following a 1:57.31 ht. Our other 2 competitors were John BRIELY who was far from satisfied with 2:05.06 in his heat and Josh BAGNALL
(still U20) who did 2:06.59.
Lucy FERGUSSON these days concentrates on her Biathlon aspirations where she competes at the highest level but when it comes to the BUCS she often performs for her University. Lucy came 9th in the 3km final in a very creditable 10:40.64.
Earlier in the week (16 Feb) two of our emerging athletes both based now at Loughborough, Yannick BUDD and Scott DAVIE both performed at the RAF Invitation Meet in Sheffield. Yannick at last broke the long standing Club 60m H record of 8.6 secs set by Ian WILLOUGHBY in 1979 with a 8.51 clocking to win his race. Scott who had some set backs last season vaulted 4.00m for an excellent 5th place in his competition.
In the Midland Open Meeting on Sunday Emma HEATH rounded off a very good indoor season with 7.89 secs for 4th in the ‘A’ race. This is her 2nd sub 7.9 clocking this year which puts her 3rd in the South West rankings at the moment. Emily DIAMOND is one in front of her with a 7.59 clocking at
Loughborough on 22nd Jan so if we can get both out for the Track season we will be going well. With Rammel HOUSEN back training at Packers we may even have a top class relay team for 2011.
Alex FIELDS followed up his indoor pb of 50.77 in the Midland Champs with a fine 50.80 to demonstrate
his consistency so early in the year. This indicates that Alex can be a consistent sub-50 performer when he moves outdoors.
In the USA Richard PETERS continued his spectacular start to the US collegiate indoor season by posting a new meet record in the American East Universities championships when he won the mile in 4:00.98, and then undeterred followed up by anchoring the Boston University team to victory in the 4X800m relay with a 1:52 clocking. His mile victory may have been a couple of seconds slower than his
remarkable sub-four minute mile the previous week, but was arguably even more impressive as he led all the way in what proved to be little more than a time-trial to win by nearly six seconds and earn himself the award as ‘rookie of the meet’. (Para by Mike Down)
In a meet that I missed at Clemson SC on 15th Jan two of our US based girls ran a fine Mile race, Steph BARNES won in 4:53.22 (Steph has subsequently run 4:50.74) closely followed by Hollie KNIGHT in 4:53.55. This is the only US Indoor performance that I have found for Hollie who is usually prolific on the indoor scene but never the less shows her to be in outstanding form.
Mike Strange – 24th February 2011