BUCS Championships – Bedford 30th Apr – 2nd May 2011

11/05/2011 – Steve Linsell
In her first outdoor meeting of the season,Kadeena Cox qualified 2nd in her heat of the 100m clocking 12.74s (-1.2m/s) and just missed out on a place in the final,when finishing 3rd in her semi,with 13.03s (0.9m/s).
The 200m was run into a strong headwind and in her heat,Kadeena qualified 3rd in 25.90s (-3.3m/s).In the semi-final,she was again 3rd,this time in a quicker 25.53s (-3.0m/s),good enough to progress.The final provided drama,as unfortunately,coming into the straight two athletes pulled up,one being Kadeena.
Tom Roberts ran his first 200m for a couple of seasons,finishing 4th in his heat with 24.13s (-1.1m/s).In round 1 of the 400m,he was 5th in 52.37s and ran a big seasons best in his 400m hurdles heat in 6th place with 60.50s.
Also in the 200m,Tom Mosley progressed from round 1,finishing 2nd in his heat with 22.59s (-2.9m/s),but missed out on the final,clocking 22.46s (-1.4m/s) in his semi-final (5th place).
In the field,Alice Simpson qualified 4th in her pool of the shot,with a putt of 12.34m and threw a little further in the final with 12.48m for 6th place.
She also qualified for the discus final in 2nd place in her pool,throwing 36.34m and again improved in the final,with a throw of 36.52m for 6th once more.
In a straight final,Alice took 4th in the hammer with 49.31m,one place ahead of second claim member Adanna Okeahialam,who threw a season’s best 48.13m.
Another second claimer,Robyn Purchase,qualified 3rd in her pool of the javelin with 37.47m,but couldn’t reproduce the same form in the final, where she managed 35.93m in 7th place.
The story of the next second claim athlete is something a bit special.
Coming into this season with a very respectable 400m hurdles pb of 56.4s,David Dempsey had knocked half a second off that time,in his first outing a couple of weeks ago at Liverpool,so,arriving at these championships his best was 55.9s.
In his 1st round heat,he was 4th in 54.13s and a huge improvement.Another 4th place in the semi-final broke new ground yet again,with a 53.42s clocking and unbelievably that was not the end of things.In the final David finished 4th in a fabulous 52.79s,elevating himself in a couple of days,to one of the best one lap hurdlers in the country.