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Cardiff Met Athletics enjoy BUCS Outdoors success


Mens' champion 4x400m relay

​Cardiff Met Athletics brought home a medal haul from last weekend's BUCS Outdoor Championships.

After a successful indoor season, the team finished in second place against 107 other UK Universities, bringing home an impressive 15 medals.

The BUCS championships, held again this year in Bedford, has a reputation for attracting world class athletes like Great Britain's Adam Gemilli and London Olympic finalist Lawrence Clarke competing and Saturday's qualifiers saw personal bests being smashed by Cardiff Met's Jon Rendell with 49.47 in the 400m, triple jumper Morgan Jones who recorded a personal best of 11.09m and Hannah Johnson who threw 45.89m in the javelin.

Sunday's 23 points were down to Morgan Jones and James Ledger, who both won their respective long jump events with jumps of 5.17m and 5.28m.

Morgan also proceeded to pick up a silver in the ambulant 100m in a new personal best. Becca Chapman backed up her incredible indoor BUCS performance by long jumping 5.91m in the very last round to clinch bronze; as well as reaching the semi-finals of the 100m and beginning the 4x100m relay team for her final BUCS appearance before heading off for post graduate studies in the USA.

Mica Moore added another medal to her growing BUCS collection by taking bronze in the women's 100m in 11.94 seconds and Sofie Kent beat her best women's 1500m time in both the heats and semi final, clocking 4:47.91.

On Monday Steve Turnock threw 63.46m for bronze in the Javelin; BUCS indoors champion Steve Mitchell chased the pack to claim another title in the

5000m, with every final for a sustained period containing at least one Cardiff Met athlete.

This was a first outdoor BUCS for Amy De Beaux, who took silver in the women's pole vault with 3.50m. Rich Bell set a national record for the Isle of Man with 50.44m in the Hammer before Cardiff Met's 200m sprinters Charlotte Wingfield, Zara George and Mica Moore took sixth, fourth and silver places respectively.

Lucy Griffiths returned from her injury nightmare at BUCS Outdoors 2013 to scoop this year's silver with a new personal best in the shot putt.

Back on the track, Emily Brown took silver in the women's steeplechase and Cardiff Met's Head Athletics performance coach James Thie, fresh from scooping the triple crown at April's World Indoors Championships in Budapest, signed off an illustrious Cardiff Met career with a bronze in the 1500m.

Becca Chapman, Mica Moore, Zara George and Charlotte Wingfield secured silver in the hotly contested 4x100m women's relay while the men's squad -

Chris Claydon, Lewis Moore, Rich Tremblen, Dewi Hammond and Charlie Patrick, very nearly ran down Loughborough University for gold in the final meters of the much anticipated 4x100m relay.

Cardiff Met's Elinor Jones, Sara Geary, Beccy Nuttall, Megan Rogers and Sofie Kent but took an admirable 5th place in the 4x400m final in spite of injury.

But the weekend highlight was the men's 4x400m where Jon Rendell ran well before Owen Smith produced a storming second leg to catch up and hand over the baton in first place to Paul Bradshaw, who maintained the lead over Bath and Oxford Universities before handing over the last leg to Paul Bennett, who waivered at third place before pipping Oxford on the line for the gold for a fantastic climax to the weekend.