Oxford University Athletic Club

Roundup of the Indoor Season

As we approach the end of the indoor season, there many excellent results to look back on and to take forward into the outdoor season and on to Varsity.

We have acquired a number of notable new recruits this term, with Katie Braham winning the FEAR javelin event in her first athletics competition for 3 years, shot putter Jon McKinley taking great strides, and Roland Crouch and Sam Wareham turning their hands to the track after a winter of rugby in the 21’s. Another excellent find has been Nadine Prill, who is continuing the OUAC trend of talented German athletes with her long sprints prowess.

There were some very good performances at BUCS indoors, in particular, Clara Blattler achieving 5th place in the pole vault and Catriona Witcombe placing 9th in the 800m in a new indoor PB. The goal for the upcoming outdoor BUCS championships will be to field strong teams in both the men’s and women’s relays and to increase the number of dark blue finalists and semi-finalists – BUCS offers an opportunity for OUAC to show that it can punch above its weight against the classic ‘sporting universities’ – yes, there is more to University athletics than shoeing the Tabs.

With copious medals at SESSA and strong teams at the London Indoor Games and FEAR, we are looking in good shape to carry this momentum forward into the summer – the first outdoor competition is Kinnaird and Sward (23rd April) for the men, and LICC (23rd April) for the women – let’s come out all guns blazing.

OUAC alumni have also been competing indoors this season, proving that athletics life goes on A.B. (After Blues) – particular mention to Frances Smithson, who has had a fantastic season, jumping an excellent 1.75m in the high jump, and also Danny Eckersley, who has run a series of PBs in the 800m.

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