Having finished 1st in their respective qualifying pools, Lia Stephenson and Montana Jackson were the class act in the triple jump final where they were both well over half a metre ahead of their closest rival. Lia jumped a new indoor personal best distance of 12.66m to claim her first gold BUCS medal. Montana jumped a new life time best distance of 12.44m for the silver medal. Along with Angela Barrett, TVH have three of the top triple jumpers in the country and we look forwards seeing them push each other to even further distances.
Other highlights from the weekend came from:
Clieo Stephenson, who just missed out again on an individual medal, improving by one position from 2015 to place 4th in the 60m final in 7.61, having run 7.56 in her semi-final. Clieo captained her Brunel University 4x200m team to well deserved gold medals with a final time from the quartet of 1:39.24.
There were two outstanding performances in the 400m and 800m from Chris McAllister and Gil Machado in their respective events. Both Chris (48.37 & 48.16) and Gil (1:56.07 & 1:54.95) set new life time best times in their heats and their semi-finals. Chris and Gil were again close to their new PBs in the final where they finished 6th.
Danielle Opara equalled her bronze medal from 2015 in the shot putt with a good effort of 13.47m.
New member, Pippa Rogan, fresh from her recent TVH club record of 1.75m, had another fantastic competition to claim a bronze medal with a jump of 1.72m. Ella Widdop-Gray also did very well to make the final in her first BUCS championship with a jump of 1.66m.
Katie Mellor showed a great return to form by making the 3000m final where she finished 7th in a time of 10:16.07 having run 10:12.92 the day before to qualify for the final.
BUCS Indoor Championships 2016, Sheffield, 19-21 February
60m SW Heat 7 Tayla Brade 1st 7.90; Heat 9 Clieo Stephenson 1st 7.64, Semi-final 2 Tayla Brade 6th 7.94; Semi-final 3 Clieo Stephenson 2nd 7.56; Final Clieo Stephenson 7.61 4th
60m SM Heat 11 Danny Burrowes (U20) 6th 7.53
200m SM Heat 2 Mark Dyble 1st 22.79; Semi-final Mark Dyble 4th 22.51
400m SM Heat 3 Chris McAlister 1st 48.37 PB; Semi-final 2 Chris McAlister 2nd 48.16 PB; Final Chris McAlister 6th 48.61
800m SM Heat 2 Gil Machado 1st 1:56.07 PB; Semi-final 2 Gil Machado 3rd 1:54.95 PB; Final Gil Machado 6th 1:56.84
1500m SW Heat 3 Alex Mundell 4th 5:06.42
3000m SW Heat 1 Katie Mellor 4th 10:12.92; Final Katie Mellor 7th 10:16.07
High Jump SW Pool A Pippa Rogan 1st 1.66m; Pool B Ella Widdop-Gray 6th 1.66m; Final Pippa Rogan 3rd 1.72m; Ella Widdop-Gray 12th 1.60m
4x200m SW Heat 4 Brunel University (Clieo Stephenson leg 1) 1st 1:42.55; Final Brunel University (Clieo Stephenson leg 3) 1st (Gold) 1:39.24
Pole Vault SW Final Shannon Rapacchi 10th 3.20m
Long Jump SW Pool A Marissa John 16th 4.40m
Long Jump SM Pool B Danny Burrowes 15th 5.48m
Triple Jump SW Pool A Montana Jackson 1st 12.14m; Pool B Lia Stephenson 1st 12.60m; Pool B Marissa John 10.19; Final Lia Stephenson 1st (Gold) 12.66m PB; 2nd Montana Jackson 2nd (Silver) 12.44m PB
Triple Jump SM Pool A Danny Burrowes (U20) 16th 11.85m
Shot Putt SW Pool B Danielle Opara 3rd 12.64m; Final Danielle Opara 3rd (Bronze) 13.47m
Shot Putt SM Pool B Danny Burrowes (U20) 14th 9.50m PB