Essex Blades top the LCAS Club Championship after the first meet at Parliament Hill.
The second annual LUCA London Colleges Athletics Series (LCAS) got underway on Saturday at Parliament Hill Athletics Track.
13 universities took part – more than at any other LCAS event last year. Of the 188 athletes competing, 109 achieved a personal best. For many, this was their first track and field meet.
The meet started with a straight final for the 10,000 championship. The race was won by UCL president, Victor Mound in a time of 34.57.06. Mound went on to complete the distance triple by winning the 5,000 and 3000 steeplechase. Reading’s Natalie Plummer won the women’s race in 40.10.01.
LUCA Indoor Champions, UCL jumped into an early lead but were quickly overtaken by an Essex team full of quality and quantity. The blades picked up points in virtually every event.
UEL showed their talent with Shad Marc-Aaron taking 1st in the 100m (11.00) and Antonia Evans winning 1st in the 200m (26.35).
Pick of the races
Victor Mound’s stunning distance triple gave him a gold medal in the 10,000 and makes him the man to beat in the 5,000 and 3000 steeplechase.
Shad Marc-Aaron (UEL) beat training partner and Seriera Leon sprinter, Jimmy Thoronka, running a PB of 11 flat.
Rosie Clarke came within just two seconds of the British 2000m Steeplechase record with 6:29.53. A very impressive feat considering the lack of comparative talent around her.
King’s student Chloe Hocking came back from 4th round the bend to win her the 200m heat by .09.
Essex Blades Senior 4×100 relay team pipped regaining relay champions Kings by 0.14. In the B final, Essex B and D could not be separated by the photo finish team.
Max Artz-Jones (Kings) ran a blistering final leg for Kings in the 4X400, closing an 80m gap to finish neck and neck.
St Mary’s student Georgie Floyd threw a 35.98 in the Javelin to open a comfortable lead.