Athletics freshers’ Varsity

Eleanor Simmons 7 November 2013

Last Sunday’s fresher’s Varsity match was a day of excitement, adrenaline, and fear. The wind was undeniably biting, but the sun came out to shine on an outstanding display of talent from Oxford and Cambridge’s newest athletics recruits.

The Cambridge hammer throwers set the tone for a day of domination. Michael Painter threw a match record of 55.08m, and Tom Parker was not far behind. Alistair Stanley’s solid victories in the high jump and 400m hurdles helped to secure Cambridge’s early lead. Drama on the day saw Oxford’s 3000m runner sprint to the line before realising he had a final lap to go; and Cambridge 400m competitor Brad Dixon almost catching an Oxford fresher who proceeded to face plant over the finish.
The girls’ performances were equally gritty, and Alice Flint managed to fend off a rival much taller than herself in the 400m. However, their dark Blues proved impossible to catch – this time. A win for the boys and a narrow defeat for the girls will provide the motivation for a gruelling winter season ahead. The indoor Varsity match in February promises to be more exciting than ever.