Several Woodford athletes got their season underway when representing their universities at the BUCS Championships at Bedford over the bank holiday weekend. Amongst many decent early season performances there were titles for Che Richards and Will Grimsey (who also recorded a personal best) and also medals for Cameron Fillery, Ellen McCartney and Sam Khogali.
Che Richards who missed last season with injury, but who has already been in good indoor form this year won a closely fought long jump title with a leap of 7.55w (+2.1). On the back of a personal best over 100m of 10.74 secs at the Scottish Universities Championships that augurs well for the rest of this season. Behind Che in 3rdplace was Sam Khogali with 7.47m (+1.1). Sam has already been in great form having recorded a personal best of of 7.75m (+1.8) in Malta recently/ HCA member Calum Henderson was 5thwith 7.34m w (+3.7).
Will Grimsey’s win came in the high jump and having been recovering from injury his fine personal best of 2.18m was a great effort. Ellen McCartney’s medal was won with 3.80m clearance for 2ndin the pole vault, the same position as was HCA member Nathan Gardner who cleared 4.75m in the men’s event. Cameron Fillery after a very good indoor season also gained a silver when placing 2ndin the 110mH but was denied a personal best by the wind as he recorded 13.83 secs w (+2.4) having qualified with 13.81 secs w (+2.1).
Also making it through to finals were Ellis Greatrex who placed 5thin the 400m final with 48.59 secs after a 48.48 secs semi, Dominic Allen in the javelin where he recorded 55.89m for 6th, but sadly picked up an elbow injury in the process. Hugh Williams was 8thin the shot with 12.01m having qualified with 12.41m and Anna Nelson comfortably qualified for the 400mH final, winning her heat in 61.88 secs but dnf’d in the final. Anna Clark missed out on a place in the 800m final when placing 3rd in her semi with 2m14.38 secs. Declan Gall comfortably qualified from the 400m semi after a 50.77 secs heat, but for precautionary reasons did not start that semi-final. Kaesi Opara was 4thin his 200m semi with 22.27 secs w, having earlier recorded 11.08 secs w (+3.2) when placing 3rdin his heat of the 100m (+2.2). Emmaline Okafor recorded 26.36m and 35.15m respectively in the discus and hammer qualifying rounds.
In the US James Stockings raced over 10,000m in L.A. recording 33m50.51 secs, behind HCA member Jamie Crowe who placed 2ndwith 31m46.65 secs, and also won over 5,000m with 14m39.88 secs, ahead of fellow HCA member Matthew Arnold with 14m46.85 secs in 3rd, having earlier placed 2ndin the 3000m s/ch with 9m06.27 secs. In Clermont, Florida Ezekiel Ewulo recorded 7.28m (+1.2) in the long jump.