Sheffield EIS, 17-19 February 2017.
1. Naomi Ogbeta (Manchester) 12.96m
2. Montana Jackson (Imperial) 12.66m
3. Eavion Richardson (Birmingham City) 12.35m (PB)
4. Yasmin Lakin (London School of Economics) 12.05m (PB)
5. Carolyn Harvey (Strathclyde) 11.94m
6. Laura Zialor (Brunel) 11.91m
7. Victoria Mould (Loughborough) 11.88m
8. Charlotte Ogden (Loughborough) 11.71m
9. Lia Stephenson (Southampton Solent) 11.64m
10. Georgia Green (Aston) 11.44m (PB)
11. Victoria Oshunremi (Sheffield Hallam) 11.37m
12. Beth Mortiboy (Nottingham) 11.10m
Competing for Manchester University, Naomi Ogbeta took BUCS gold in Sheffield with a season’s best of 12.96m, just 3cm below her British Junior Record set last winter. With her 2016 summer season hampered by a hamstring problem, despite claiming the England Athletics U20 title, the omens look good for Naomi finally breaking through the 13-metre barrier this year. In 2nd place Montana Jackson, representing Imperial College, who claimed bronze in the previous week’s British Indoor Championships, jumped a new indoor PB of 12.66m, just 3cm shy of her outdoor best set last summer.
The surprise package of the event was Eavion Richardson representing Birmingham City University. Going into the competition with a legal best of 11.77m, Eavion qualified for the final with a new PB of 12.01m before improving out to 12.35m to claim the bronze medal.
There was also a new PB for Yasmin Lakin in 4th, 12.05m being a 4cm improvement on her previous lifetime best, while Victoria Mould added 20cm to her PB as she qualified with 12.10m. 2016 BUCS Indoor Champion Lia Stephenson qualified easily with 12.22m but had to settle for 9th in the final despite 2 fouls in the mid 12-metre range.
1. Lawrence Davis (Birmingham) 16.01m (PB)
2. Seun Okome (Sheffield Hallam) 15.46m (=PB)
3. Robert Sutherland (King’s College London) 14.62m
4. Tobi Adeniyi (Loughborough) 14.35m
5. Carl Britto (Oxford) 14.26m
6. Gage Francis (Cardiff Metropolitan) 13.98m
7. Toby Melville (Southampton) 13.95m
8. James King (Cardiff Metropolitan) 13.71m
9. David Wilson (Strathclyde) 13.45m
10. Ashley Buckman (Southampton Solent) 13.16m
11. Armani James (East London) 13.14m
At the end of the 2015 season with his standing at 15.71m Birmingham University’s Lawrence Davis took the decision to switch his hop take-off from his left to his right leg. During 2016 he reached a best of 15.08m, though clearly jumped far further than that when recording 3 fouls at the British Championships, and made the decision over this winter to switch back to his original hop take-off leg. That decision was clearly vindicated in Sheffield as after leading the qualifiers with 15.40m he smashed his PB, and broke through the 16-metre barrier, with his winning leap of 16.01m to claim the British Universities title.
In 2nd place Seun Okome, competing for Sheffield Hallam University, matched his 15.46m PB from the previous week’s British Indoor Championships while Robert Sutherland of King’s College London matched his bronze from last year’s outdoor BUCS Championships, claiming an indoor podium spot with a season’s best 14.62m.
Loughborough’s Tobi Adeniyi was just 6cm short of his PB with 14.35m in 4th just ahead of Carl Britto’s 14.26m. In qualifying Southampton University’s Toby Melville added 20cm to his PB, reaching 14.45m, but he couldn’t duplicate that form in the final finishing 7th with 13.95m, just 3cm behind Gage Francis of Cardiff Metropolitan University.