Athletes shine in Sheffield

Lucy Spray - Sports Reporter 19 February 2010

It was a small, select team of University athletes who travelled up to Sheffield for the annual RAF match against the armed forces and Loughborough, Brunel and Leeds metropolitan universities.

The team produced some good performances despite being few in number. In the men’s pole vault competition, Tom Wagner achieved a seasons best performance of 3.80 metres, looking in impressive form for the Varsity field events and relays match this Sunday.

It was Tom’s best performance since his personal best in 2008 so it promises to be a good season for the Sidney Sussex athlete. Rosamund Healey also demonstrated her talent in the shot, throwing a 10.20 metres.

Meanwhile, on the track, Owen Churton had a great day, running a lifetime best time in the 200m to take 7th place. Henry Husband of Trinity ran well in both the 200m and the 60m recording a personal best time by a tenth of a second in the latter.

There were also some strong performances on the track from the Cambridge women. Women’s captain, Kate Laidlow finished 2nd in the 400m in an indoor best time of 58.15s and anchored the 4x200m relay team to 3rd place.

Fresher Lizzie Thompson fought hard in the 400m to finish 3rd in her heat, as well as running a good leg of the relay. Another fresher, Nikki Moss showed that she was finding some consistency in her form producing two solid performances in the 60m and 200m and putting the relay team in a great position after the first leg. The relay team was completed by President Lucy Spray, who also finished 3rd in the 200m.

Natalie Arrowsmith of Newnham proved that she is one of the most improved athletes in CUAC by running a personal best in the 200m, despite feeling that the race had not gone that well, further proving what great shape she is in. A much larger team will now face Oxford on Sunday in the Indoor Varsity Field Events and Relays match at Lee Valley in London.

But if the RAF match is anything to go by, the team is in good shape and should go into the fixture against the dark side displaying great confidence.

Lucy Spray – Sports Reporter