May 23, 2016, by Laura Estrop
UoN Athletics round-up: BUCS Outdoor Championships 2016
By Ailsa Malcolm and Nick Lawrence
The British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Outdoors Championships 2016, which took place on from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May at the Bedford International Stadium was great end to the year for UoN Athletics. The day was filled with great performances all round, amazing support and lovely weather. The event saw one of UoN Athletics’ biggest teams yet, with 25 athletes turning out to compete and even more coming to support.
Despite the early Saturday start the energy and enthusiasm of all our athletes never dropped throughout the three days. There were some amazing performances across both track and field events, and despite the extremely tough competition, we had several finalists deserving of a special mention:
On the second day
Beth Mortiboy produced a jump of 11.53m, which saw her finish 4th in the Women’s Triple Jump final. With this competition being her first ever BUCS, she had this to say about her experience:
“This was my first year at BUCS so I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but it was such a fantastic weekend. It was so nice to be part of a team with such a good team spirit, and I really appreciated all the support I got from them, especially during my final. I was grateful to be able to perform well on the day and bring home some BUCS points for the team and the University. I look forward to being able to compete for UoN Athletics in the years to come and hope to improve on 4th place.”
On the final day
- Aubree Piepmeier: after cruising through her heat on the first day, Aubree finished 5th in the Women’s 5000m final with a time of 17mins 15seconds.
- Gavin Lock, Pierre Walker, Makun Madar and Adam Thorpe: finished 8th in the final of the Men’s 4x400m
- Nick Lawrence, Pierre Walker, Olu Ogunseitan and Seb Mathewson: for qualifying for the Mens 4x100m final, but unfortunately getting DQ’d due to a changeover issue.
Nick Lawrence, the track captain for the University of Nottingham Athletics Club, had this to say about competing at his last ever BUCS:
“Although it was gutting not being able to get an official time for our efforts, getting to the final itself was a huge achievement, considering how strong the competition was. It’s something to be proud of and something I’ll never forget.”
Nick also had this to say about the BUCS weekend as a whole:
“I want to thank all of our incredible athletes and supporters who made my job as easy and enjoyable as possible, it’s been a genuine pleasure to be your track captain this year. I can safely say the club is looking stronger than ever going forward.”
Massive congratulations to everyone who competed:
Olumide Ogunseitan, Pierre Walker, Makun Madar, Gavin Lock, Adam Thorpe, Jack Allison, Adam Houchell, Alex Zinal Bradford, Jack Millar, Seb Mathewson, Harry Ellis, Nick Lawrence. Grace Elvin, Ailsa Malcolm, Katie Buckingham, Katie Clubb, Victoria Reeves, Charlotte Sadler, Megan Gildea, Aubree Piepmeier, Chloe Bird, Donelle Arulanandam, Beth Mortiboy.
There were amazing performances from everyone and overall a great weekend!