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Southerns, Northerns, Midlands - BUAC Conquers All


With the track season well and truly underway the weekend saw countless BUACers compete at their respective regional championships, showcasing what we have to offer in this fantastic club.

Firstly at the home of fake tan and where even the simplest of words are mispronounced, the South of England Champs saw the return to the track of Jonny Davies, picking up GOLD in the 1500m, this success was followed up by Jake Burkey taking SILVER in the U20 Long Jump. Ever talented Issy Boffey also showcased her range stepping down to the 400m to pick up a 4thplace in the senior age group, Emily Hack narrowly missed a spot in the same final. In the U20 1500m there were final places for both Julia Tomczak and Shreyas Kanyady finishing 5thand 8threspectively. Alumni Aaron Copper likewise impressed finishing 10thin the senior 1500m. Furthermore freshers Adam Day and Hannah Jones competed well in the 800m and Long Jump respectively.

Travelling up the country to a windy Nuneaton in the mighty Midlands, a whole bunch of medals and great performances for BUAC was seen. Firstly Yvette Westwood not only won GOLD in the senior 100m, but followed this up with SILVER in the 200m. Another double medallist was Ellie Ravenscroft, GOLD 400mh and BRONZE over the 400 flat. Outgoing captains Mark Cottam and Ashleigh Beaven both carried on their fantastic seasons so far with 400m Silver and 7thin the 100m respectively, thank you to both of them for all their hard work this year. Poppy Bean impressed with a great BRONZE in the U20 hammer, more medals were won by Mike Proffitt, SILVER in the 1500m and Louie Boot, SILVER in the 5000m. Lauren Butler added to the weekend by securing herself a well earn final spot in the U20 200m, finishing 6th. Moreover, Josie and Iris Oliarnyk, who train alongside university athletes with coach Dominic McNeillis, both won medals in the U20 Long Jump and U20 Shot Putt respectively.

Then carrying on up the M6 for the ever cold and grim Northern championship more successful BUACers could be found. Following on from a bunch of great performances in the Sportcity BMC for BUAC the previous weekend, fresher Rory Keen set the tone winning GOLD in the U20 400mh, with a huge PB of 54.52s. Made even more impressive as it is his first season transitioning to the hurdles from the flat. To add to this Charlotte Paterson so has also changed events this year ran a PB to finish 5thin the senior 400m. The BUAC northern grit was then demonstrated over the middle distance events, firstly in the 800m with Grant Anderson and Alumni James McCrae picking up 5thand 6th, these boys then doubled up with the 1500m where Jethro McGraw just missed a medal in 4th, ahead of James 5thand Grant in 6th.

Overall the weekend was a huge success for BUAC picking up countless medals and final spots whilst also demonstrating the array of talent within the club, giving plenty of promise for the rest of the season to come.


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