The national u23 and u20 championships saw a great display from Loughborough Students, winning no fewer than ten national titles , backed up with a further five silver and nine bronze medals.
There were big breakthroughs for Javelinista’s Emma Hemplett, whose 54.08m was an overall UK lead for 2018, whilst Daniel Bainbridge’s 69.00m winning throw was an improvement by a shade over 2m.
On the track there were u23 victories for Tom Somers (200m), Jamie Williamson (1500m) and Cameron Fillery in the tightest of finishes in the 110H.
Not to be out done there was plenty of further u23 success in the field events, with George Armstrong taking the discus title, Reynold Banigo victorious in the Long Jump. 2016 Olympian Morgan lake took the women’s High jump tile whilst Tilly Hooper’s pol Vault victory added to her BUCS indoor and Outdoor titles.
In three events other LSAC athletes joined their u23 club peers on the podium; Sam Khogali finishing runner up in the Long Jump with bronze medals respectively for Miguel Perea (110H) and William Fuller (1500).
There were also silver medals in this age group for Danel van Rensberg (400H) and Abbie Donnelly (5000m), with bronze’s picked up by Sabrina Bakare (400m) Kathryn Woodcock (discus) and Matilda Compton Stewart 3000m steeplechase)
Further steeplechase success was had in the u20’s with Alex Barbour taking gold and whilst understandably the majority of LSAC’s success camae in the u23 age group, two junior silver medallists underlined strongly their claims for World Junior championship selection; Alex Knibb’s 51.11 400H pb and Alisha Rees’ 23.83 200m times should be enough to see them on the plane to Tempere.
Felicia Miloro (pole vault) and Ethan Akanni , after a new pb in his 110 heat – 13.68 – also were rewarded with u20 bronze medals.
Of the 62 LSAC athletes competing in the championships, 74% finished in the top 8 of their event, with 31% winning a medal, a testament to another hugely successful track and field campaign by athletes coaches and support teams alike.