Other track and Field news over the weekend centred around the BUCS Championships at Bedford where performances from Woodford athletes representing their universities were led by a first and second in the 800m from Dan Rowden and Canaan Solomon (photo below with coach Richard Thurston). There was also news from the US.
Athletes competing at Bedford in the BUCS Championships enjoyed the hot bank holiday weather, and over 800m Woodford athletes were dominant. Dan Rowden and Canaan Solomon both comfortably won their heats and semis, before the final where European U/23 silver medallist Dan Rowden showed good tactical awareness to control the race, comfortably winning in 1m 50.47 secs. European U/20 semi-finalist Canaan Solomon, finished very fast to snatch silver on the line with 1m50.91 secs. There was another win, from HCA member and still a junior Declan Gall who set a personal best to take the 400mH in 52.12 secs. In the women’s 800m Anna Clark comfortably won her heat with 2m17.80 secs but did not finish her semi.
In other finals, there was a 4th place for Cameron Fillery over 110mH where he was close to his best ever, recording 14.26 secs (-1.0). Also 4th was Will Grimsey who equalled his personal best with a clearance of 2.12m in the high jump, as was HCA member Nathan Gardner with a 4.65 clearance in the pole vault. Over 100m Kaesi Opera acquitted himself well to make it through to the final where he was 7th with 11.04 secs (-1.4) after winning his heat with 11.00 secs (-0.7) and placing 2nd in his semi with 11.01 secs (-0.7). In the long jump, Sam Khogali placed 7th with 6.90m having qualified with 7.11 w (+3.4), Hugh Williams was 10th in the Shot with 12.14m after qualifying with 12.49m, and in the women’s 400m heats Danielle Alakajia recorded 60.37 secs.
In the US at the Southern Conference Championships at San Antonio, Texas, James Stockings raced over 10,00 where he placed 11th with 32m19.01 secs, and 5000m where he was 16th with 15m48.03 secs. At the same meeting HCA member Matthew Arnold competed over 3000m s/ch where he was 3rd with 9m05.78 secs, and 5000m where he was 2nd with 15m00.83 secs, and another HCA member, Jaime Crowe, won the 10,000m with 31m01.96 secs.