The fourteenth annual Loughborough EAP meeting – LEAP – was one of the strongest yet, as athletes both selected and still hoping for selection for the World Championships, looked for quality competition in the run up to London in August.
A strong group of Jamaicans completed their tune ups with some performances of real quality with Dermish Gaye, 45.29 and Rhona Whyte, 54.96 winning the Men’s 400m and Women’s 400H in respective new meeting records and confirming why they will be looking to make their finals in London.
There were also fine runs from their compatriots Natasha Morrison 11.19 in the Women’s 100m, Anneisha McLaughlin 51.91 in the Women’s 400m and Yanique Thompson 13.03 in the 100m hurdles.
British 4 x 100m team member Harry Aikines Aryeetey again enjoyed success at his home track with a season’s best 10.13 to win the Men’s 100m, whist fellow former Loughborough Student Meghan Beesley also set a season’s best behind Whyte in the 400H, her 56.14 ultimately gaining her late selection for London.
Chris Bennett’s 72.68m second place in the hammer, similarly helped secure a late call up as he finished behind Britain’s number one Nick Miller’s 76.18m
A further trio of former Loughborough Students enjoyed the opportunity of a quality International meeting to record victories in their events; Sam Miller winning the 200m in 20.80 , an excellent performance in deteriorating conditions; JJ Jegede taking the Men’s Long Jump , whilst Niall Flannery recorded his first sub 50 second 400H performance since 2015 as he defeated many of his nearest British rivals in 49.74.
There was also an impressive break through for first year student Adam Thomas, the BUCS Indoor 60m Champion finishing 3rd in the 100m in 10.23, just in front of College student Samuel Osewa, whose 10.24 sets him up well for the World University Games in Taiwan at the end of August.