Athletes from the Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre at St Mary’s University, Twickenham won nine medals at the British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) National Outdoor Athletics Championships.
The annual competition, which brings together the country’s leading young athletics talent, was hosted at Bedford Stadium and saw St Mary’s athletes win almost a third of the available endurance medals.
In the Men’s 5000m, St Mary’s athletes took all three medals. Ellis Cross took the Gold in a time of 14:18.82, Emile Cairess finished in Silver just .48 of a second behind Ellis, with Abdulquani Sharif taking the Bronze in 14:25.96. In the Women’s 5000m, Anna Møller came first in a time of 15:54.80, building on her victory at the BUCS Cross Country Championships in February, with Pheobe Law finishing in tenth in a time of 16:40.57 and Izzy Fry running a Personal Best of 16:50.52 in 14th.
Elsewhere in the Women’s 1500m, Georgie Hartigan won the Gold medal in a time of 4:29.10, whilst in the Men’s race Adam Moore came in fifth place in 3.53.93. St Mary’s also saw success in the Steeplechases with Emily Moyes coming second in Women’s 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 6:38.40 and Daniel Jarvis also coming second in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase in 9:17.48.
St Mary’s also saw success in the 10000m races, which were hosted the weekend before. In the Men’s race, Petros Surafel took the Gold in 29:26.58 and was joined in the top five by Corey De’ath who finished in fifth place in 31:01.19. In the Women’s race, Phoebe Law came second in 35:58.26, with Katie Hughes finishing in sixth place in a time of 37:48.07. Elsewhere in the sprints, Keano-Elliot Paris-Samuel reached the final of the men’s 100m.
Head of Sport at St Mary’s Andrew Reid-Smith said, “Congratulations to our athletes and coaches for working so hard to achieve such an excellent set of results. Winning nine medals across the distance running events is an incredible feat and it was particularly special to see St Mary’s athletes taking all the medals in the men’s 5,000m.”