A report by Dr Costas I. Karageorghis, Head of Brunel Athletics.
The Brunel University London Athletics Club laid claim to being the best in the UK at the Inter-Varsity Challenge held on Wednesday 3 February. The other competing institutions were the “big five” athletics universities of Bath, Birmingham, Loughborough and Cardiff Metropolitan. Brunel won overall and were also victorious in both women’s and men’s competitions. In the women’s competition they amassed 137 points and in the men’s 122.5.
Leading from the front for Brunel’s women’s team was captain and Mo Farah Foundation Scholar Clieo Stephenson who rocketed to victory in the 60-m dash with a time of 7.55 secs, just a fraction outside of her personal best (PB). In equally scintillating form was middle-distance runner Laura O’ Connor who won the 800 m with a PB of 2:16.06 mins. Debutante Finette Agyapong was victorious in the 200 m where she posted a time of 24.78 secs. Also in winning form was debutante Robyn Zammit who hopped, stepped and jumped to a PB of 10.89 m in the triple jump. Other notable performances in the women’s team included a 2nd place for debutant Emma Nwofor in the 60-m hurdles with 8.84 secs, 2nd place for Sarah Connolly in the long jump with 5.36 m, and a 3rd place for Amber Wallace in the 1500 m, with a PB of 4:49.02 mins.
In the men’s competition, master’s student Mark Cryer, last year’s men’s captain was in inspired form; he won the 60-m hurdles in a time of 8.48 secs and also leapt to a PB of 7.02 m in the long jump, where he came 2nd. The men’s field eventers ruled the roost throughout the afternoon’s proceedings. Sam Haewood won shot put with 14.74 m, Lewis Guest took the triple jump with 13.92 m, and multi-eventer Alex Wort, scaled 4.15 m to claim the spoils in the pole vault. Other impressive performances in the men’s team included a 3rd place and PB of 48.97 secs for Oliver Smith in the 400 m, a 3rd place and PB for debutant John Cove in the 1500 m with 4:09.64 mins, and a 3rd place for Jake Storey in the high jump with 1.96 m.
Following the perfect start to their 50th anniversary year, the Brunel team are now busy preparing for the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships (BUCS) that will take place at the EIS Sheffield over the weekend 19-21 February.