Another huge day at Chelmsford for BUAC! With an unbelievable 36 finalists already, it has the potential to be one of our best BUCS championships ever. With Darian Moore, Cameron Bailey and Maddy Whapples in the 200m semi finals tomorrow, we could have even more finalists to come!
The day began with a bang as Orla Brennan, Panashe Majuru and Louise Robinson made it through their 400mH semi finals. In the 400m flat, Hannah Kelly also made it through her semi, while Olivia Kimbowa missed out by just a fraction after a great run. In the 100mH, Jasmine Clarke was able to advance after a solid run in her heat.
All three BUAC athletes made it through the 3k steeplechase with reasonable ease, while Josh Woods and Joshua Knox cemented their places in the triple jump final tomorrow in tough conditions. Josh Woods later made it 2/2 as he progressed to the long jump final alongside Sam Khogali.
The 800m was dominated by BUAC athletes, but proved to be very tough to make finals in. Tom Keene was imperious in his heat, while the other three boys just missed out. Issy Boffey and Tilly Simpson also made it through to the final, while Annie Testar and Cesca Brint fractionally missed out.
The 1500m races were a similar story as BUAC featured in every semi-final. The female cohort of Elsa Palmer, Freya Bennett, Sabrina Sinha and Emily Thompson all made it through to the final in a great showcase of BUAC’s depth. John Howorth will also run a final tomorrow after a very solid showing in his semi.
While BUAC were battling it out on the track, Kirsty-Anne Ebbage and Ellie Alcock made it through to the discus final, with Ellie throwing a PB in the process. Laura Zialor also breezed her way through the high jump pools. Earlier in the day, Fenton Bishop-Timings also threw very well in the javelin to get a PB and make the final.
The final events of the day were the relays. Never lacking in excitement, they were fantastic to watch. All four relay sides made it through to the finals tomorrow after some fantastic performances throughout. It was particularly exciting to see Jack Hocking lace up the trainers in the 4x400m heats after an ankle injury earlier in the season.
Overall, it was a fantastic day for BUAC, setting us up perfectly for a massive final day at BUCS tomorrow. Monday kicks off with the men’s triple jump, women’s shot put, and men’s 5,000m. It will be a perfect Monday blues cure, and good luck to everyone competing tomorrow!