Team Brunel Triumph at BUCS Nationals 2017

Team Brunel had a victorious BUCS Nationals weekend, bringing 14 medals home from the Steel City. Thirteen of the medals came on the track as Brunel finished second overall to Loughborough in the Indoor Athletics, with four golds, three silvers and six bronzes.

The new British Athletics Indoor Champion, Finette Agyapong, led the way with a dominant 200m victory, taking the win in a new championship best performance and personal best of 23.68secs.

Not to be left out, the Brunel men also showed their 200m prowess, with both Aaron Adam and Khalil Bruney making the final. It was Adam who shone in the final, running a brilliant PB time of 21.83secs to take the bronze.

There was some comprehensive victories to match that of Agyapong's in the longer distances, with both Melissa Courtney and Rebecca Murray dominating over 1500 and 3000m respectively.

Despite being blighted by illness which led her to miss the BUCS XC and British Indoors, Courtney was still a class above the rest. She lead from gun to tape to claim the victory in a time of 4:20.01, ending her time at Brunel with her third BUCS gold medal.

The newly-crowned BUCS Cross-Country champion, Murray, also showed her dominant front running to win the 3000metres in 9:26.35, closely followed by Brunel’s Philippa Bowden, in 9:39.98, who claimed the bronze with an impressive finish.

The final gold of the weekend came courtesy of the men’s 4 x 200-metre relay quartet, who overhauled Bath on the last leg to claim a narrow victory. Strong legs from Theodore Zake, Aaron Adom, and Khalil Bruney took the team off to a strong start, and a storming 21.4 last leg from the 60m finalist, Luke Dorrell, made the all important difference as they claimed gold in a time of 1:27.57 mins.

In the women's relay, it looked for a long time that the team of Agyapong, Lily Beckford, Lukesha Morris and Danielle Blake would have enough to take gold. However, a lightning fast last leg from Bath's 400m champion was enough for them to steal the win on the dip.

The relay medal was Beckford's second of the championship, as she turned her 2016 indoor 400m bronze into silver with an indoor PB of 54.55secs .

In the high jump, Georgia Nwawulor added to the bronze that she won at the 2016 outdoor championships, with another lifetime best of 1.75 m. Multi-eventer Emma Nwofor finished seventh behind her in the high jump, but managed to clinch a bronze in the 60m hurdles, having broken her PB in the semi-finals, with a time of 8.35secs.

Competing in the T36 category, Sports Scholar Ryan Raghoo had a highly successful championships, winning a bronze in the ambulatory 60-metre dash (8.68secs) and then followed it up with a silver in the long jump (4.60m).

Fellow Scholar Samuel Heawood continued an excellent run of form to take a bronze in the shot put with a PB of 16.23m.

The athletics team will now be looking towards the BUCS Outdoor Championships, which take place at the Bedford International Stadium from 29 April – 1 May, with the aim of once again taking the fight to Loughborough.

The only medal off the track came in the karate, as sports scholar, Adel Said turned his 2016 bronze into gold in the senior kata. He dominated throughout the rounds, and then showed his determination to take the win in the final with a split decision victory.