TVH Athletes bring home three BUCS Indoors titles and six medals

British University & Colleges (BUCS) Indoor Championships took place in Sheffield between Friday 16th and Sunday 18th February. Congratulations to BUCS triple jump champions Lia Stephenson and Jude Bright-Davies. Amar-Mazigh Aichoun picked up the T38 60m title and there was also a silver medal for Paulos Surafel (3000m) and a bronze medal for Teele Palumaa (high jump).

After injury troubles towards the end of last season for both Jude Bright-Davies and Lia Stephenson it is great to see them both back to winning ways in the triple jump. In his first ever BUCS competitions Jude dominated to win with his fine hop, step and leap of 15.24m. Lia jumped to a fine victory with her fantastic 12.54m to regain her triple jump crown she last won in 2016.

Paulos Surafel had his best ever BUCS indoor performance in the 3000m to win a well-deserved silver medal. In a very close sprint finish where the top 3 were separated by 0.66 seconds Paulos was just behind GB international Mahamed Mahamed as he finished a fantastic 2nd.

In the sprints, Keano Paris-Samuel had a brilliant first BUCS championship with PBs in the 200m to make the final and good runs in the 60m too. Daniel Burrows was also close to his indoor PB in the 200m. Leroy Cain was another athlete hampered with injury problems towards the end of 2017 and Leroy also made a good return in the 60m running a fast 6.97 in the semi-final. Training partner, Amar-Mazigh Aichoun, was also close to the best as he took the T38 title with a fantastic 7.85.

There was a large Imperial College/TVH middle distance contingent. Katie Olding had a strong finish to easily win her heat in a good 2:18.98 but with a similar time her semi-final she just missed out on the final. Imperial ladies team captain, Anna Lawson had a promising run in the heats of the 1500m 5:07.36. Lewis Jackson also ran an indoor PB in the 1500m heat and Sarah Johnson ran a good tactical race to make the very competitive 3000m final where she ran a very good 10:19.34. Also in the middle distance it was nice to see Casper Donnison (Southampton) and Robert Vallance (Manchester) back to form.

TVH’s busiest athlete of the weekend was Sheriffah Arewa who did well in the 60m, long jump and her best high jump where she pipped a returning Ella Widdop-Gray to 6th who we look forward to seeing more of this summer.

After a year studying in Australia it is great for the team to have Shannon Connolly back. Shannon was a little unlucky to be put in the B final but was very close to the medals as she jumped extremely well to clear 3.50m to finish in the top 8 overall and earn her university BUCS points.

BUCS Indoor Championships 2018, Sheffield, 16-18 February

60m SW 60m Heat 8 3rd Sheriffah Arewa 8.24

60m SM Heat 2 3rd Keano Paris-Samuel 7.16

60m SM Heat 10 2nd Leroy Cain 7.01

60m SM Semi-final 1 3rd Leroy Cain 6.97; 5th Keano Paris Samuel 7.16

60m SM Para 3rd (Gold in T38) Amar-Mazigh Aichoun (T38) 7.85

200m SM Heat 6 1st Keano Paris-Samuel 22.29 Indoor PB

200m SM Semi-final 2 1st Keano Paris-Samuel 22.07 Indoor PB

200m SM Final 6th Keano Paris-Samuel 22.31

200m SM Heat 13 4th Danny Burrows 24.07

400m SM Heat 5 4th Caspar Donnison 55.88

800m SM Heat 4 5th Caspar Donnison 2:04.91 Indoor PB

800m SW Heat 5 1st Katie Olding 2:18.98

800m SW Semi-final 1 6th Katie Olding 2:19.07

800m SM Heat 4 5th Caspar Donnison 2:04.91 Indoor PB

1500m SM Heat 2 7th Robert Vallance 4:18.36

1500m SM Heat 5 9th Lewis Jackson 4:29.36

1500m SW Heat 2 7th Anna Lawson 5:07.36 Indoor PB

3000m SW Heat 3 5th Sarah Johnson 10:29.31

3000m SW Final 10th Sarah Johnson 10:19.34

3000m SM Heat 3 3rd Paulos Surafel 8:30.82

3000m SM Final 2nd (Silver) Paulos Surafel 8:19.55

High Jump SW Pool A 5th Teele Palumaa 1.69m; 6th Sheriffah Arewa 1.66m; 7th Ella Widdop-Gray 1.63m

High Jump SW Final =3rd (Bronze) Teele Palumaa 1.7m

Pole Vault SW B Final 2nd Shannon Connolly 3.50m

Long Jump SW Pool A 8th Sheriffah Arewa 5.09m

Triple Jump SW Pool B 1st Lia Stephenson 12.15m

Triple Jump SW Final 1st (Gold) Lia Stephenson 12.54m

Triple Jump SM Pool A 1st Jude Bright-Davies 15.10m

Triple Jump SM Final 1st (Gold) Jude Bright-Davies 15.24m

Shot Put SM Pool A 11th Raul Rinken 10.70m