BUCS Athletics is a major event in the OUAC calendar, second only to the Varsity Matches. It is also one of the largest athletics events in the calendar with hundreds of athletes competing for their universities. As always the specialist sporting universities dominated but there was still some glory to be had for Oxford.
Pride of place to the Oxford 4×4 team who won a bronze medal, narrowly losing the silver in an epic battle with Cardiff Metropolitan by 0.04 seconds. The team, composed of Adam McBraida, George Gundle, Ralph Eliot and Sam Wareham (Craig Morten ran in the heats) smashed the Oxford record set in last year’s BUCS Final by running 3.15.27 – likely to end the year as one of the fastest 15 teams in the whole country.
Despite falling in the Water Jump during his heat Will Mycroft also won Bronze in the 3000m Steeplechase, taking advantage of his opponent’s error at the final Water Jump to steal ahead for third place and make himself comprehensive favourite for that event at Varsity on May 18th.
Other strong performances came from Sam Hitchings with a breakthrough performance to go over 40m in the Hammer for the first time for 8th place, Aidan Reynolds less happy with his 8th in the Javelin served to demonstrate his high expectations, Simone Paulson working hard for 6th in the Women’s 10000 and Tom Frith making a loaded 1500m final where he managed 10th against some very fine competition.
Overall it was a good performance from the team with the men narrowly outscoring Cambridge on BUCS points with that magnificent 3rd in the final 4×4. Men’s Captain Daniel Hooker commented: ‘there were obviously some standout performances for Cambridge to take note of but we were very solid across the board and it is that team effort that wins Varsity Matches as we aim to do in Cambridge on May 18th.’
Report by Dan Hooker, Blues Captain 2012-2103