William Christofi settles into the group
Only one week into TrinityTerm and OUCCC were already out in force, competing against the likes of GB international athletes at the 2016 BUCS Athletics Championships, held in Bedford over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Saturday saw the heats for most events and a large number of our athletes put in some fantastic performances to qualify for Sunday’s semi-finals. Rachel Skokowski came second in her 800m heat and had an excellent run in the semis, coming third and only very narrowly missing out on a spot in the final. Sticking with the speedy 800m runners, Hugo Fleming finished second in his heat, again qualifying for his semi on the Sunday where he finished a very credible fifth. Rebecca Robinson and Hugh Baker also had solid runs in the 800m heats. More middle distance triumphs for Oxford came in the form of Miles Weatherseed and Michael Constante who crossed the line in third and sixth place respectively in their 1500m heats, both reaching the semis where they had strong runs against tough opposition, Miles achieving sixth place in his and Michael ninth.
Will Ryle-Hodges keeps a Tab behind him, where he belongs
Meanwhile OUCCC had some huge successes over the longer distances. Alex Howard and Aidan Smith had great runs in their 3000m steeplechase heats, finishing fifth and sixth respectively, hence making Monday’s final where Alex finished a superb sixth and Aidan, not far behind, in eighth. Bethanie Murray had a brilliant run in the 5000m heats, and finished a terrific ninth place in the final. William Christofi was nothing short of spectacular as he cruised through to a second place finish in his 5000m heat, ultimately placing sixth in Monday’s final in a time of 14:44, thus achieving the Full Blue standard. Unfortunately Will Ryle-Hodges, with an uncharacteristically slow time in his heat, where he placed ninth, was unable to join Christofi for the 5000m final. Our highest placed finisher was Miles Unterreiner who gave a truly awesome performance to finish fifth in the 10,000m final, having run in the leading group for the majority of the race.
It is clear from the weekend’s performances that all those tough track sessions have paid off and that Saturday’s Varsity Match on 7 May looks set to be a real thriller. Cambridge should be very worried as there will be some serious shoeing from the Dark Blues…
Text-book hurdling technique from the former Captain, Alex Howard
Helene Greenwood, OUCCC Women’s Captain 2016-17, University College
This report can be accessed as a Word document here.
Images taken from the BUCS Facebook page here.