Brunel University Athletics Club won the annual Inter-Varsity Challenge for the third year in succession – an unprecedented feat in national collegiate track and field. The team amassed the most points overall against the likes of Bath, Birmingham and Loughborough universities, and were victorious in both men's and women's competitions.
Sports Scholars Samuel Heawood and Emma Nwofor shone particularly brightly. Gentle giant Heawood set the ball rolling for the Brunelians with a massive PB of 16.19 metres in the shot put. Soon after the event, the Biomedical Sciences student commented, "The distance was somewhat unexpected but I am absolutely ecstatic that I am now the fourth-ranked senior in the UK!" In similarly scintillating form was Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences student Emma Nwofor who took the spoils in the women's shot with a PB of 11.62 metres and achieved a further PB in the high jump (1.70 metres), where she won the B string. Other Brunel women in winning form included Sports Scholars Georgia Nwawulor in the high jump (1.73 metre-PB) and Robyn Zammit in the triple jump (10.59 metres).
In the men's competition, Harry King-coached sprinter Marvin Popoola romped to victory in the 60-metre dash with a respectable time of 6.86 secs. Debutant Luke Dorrell, a Business and Management student, took the B race in 6.90 secs (PB). Among the most impressive performances on the track was John Cove's almost effortless 800-metre win in a PB time of 1:53.27 mins. Every bit as impressive was debutant Khalil Bruney who won the 200 metres in 22.44 secs. One of the standout performances in the field was JJ Lister's pole vault win with a clearance of 5.00 metres. The Sports Scholar went on to narrowly miss 5.20 metres – a height that is certainly within his sights for later in the season.
The team success augurs well for Brunel's hopes of victory at the British Universities Indoor Athletics Championships, which will take place over the weekend of 17-19 February at the EIS Sheffield. Next stop, Steel City!