Manuel da Silva reports:
Zoey Clark continued her fantastic start to the year by winning gold and bronze medals at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) indoor championships, held in Sheffield from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd February.
400m sprint specialist, Zoey Clark, opted for another winter’s speed test with three rounds in both the 60m and 200m events. In the 60m, Zoey ran a lifetime best of 7.52 to win her semi-final and in the final ran 7.53 to earn a brilliant 3rd place on Friday evening. Back on the track on Sunday, Zoey won three more races, her heat in 24.77, semi-final in 24.06 and the final in 24.05 to win her first BUCS title. Zoey will now look forward to taking this speed with her when running the 400m outdoors in the summer.
In her first BUCS championship, new member, Danielle Opara, set a new indoor TVH club record of 13.70m in the heats of the shot putt and in the final claimed a bronze medal with 12.88m. It is great to have Danielle as part of the club and we all look forward to seeing her develop.
Other notable performances from athletes that will be in TVH colours this summer came from:
Clieo Stephenson 5th in the 60m final in a new PB of 7.61.
400m hurdle specialist Chris McAlister set a PB of 49.72 in the 400m heats. Chris narrowly missed out on the final with 2nd place in his semi-final with when he ran another time close to his new life time best (49.97).
Andrew Ajube set a new 800m indoor PB of 2:01.87 in his heat of the 800m.
Alex Mundell did well to qualify as the 3rd fastest (4:46.86) in the semi-finals of the 1500m. The final was a slower tactical race and Alex was well positioned throughout coming home in 8th place in 4:53.60.
Ogo Anochirionye narrowly missed out on a medal when he jumped 6.97m in the long jump final to claim 5th place.
Erik Tropp was 14th in the pole vault final with a vault of 3.60m.
Anne Rees who is back in the UK for her final year at university cleared 3.40m to finish 7th in the women’s final. Anne is in the same training group at university as Shannon Connolly who vaulted a new club record of 3.52m the week before in Uxbridge.