Bronze medal and club record for Emma!
In the ladies long jump, thirty seven competitors faced atrocious weather conditions for the qualifying rounds afternoon on Saturday afternoon. First year student, Emma Hornsby competing for Loughborough University was in the second pool of qualifiers and faced the worsening conditions. After landing a no jump, she recorded jumps of 5.43m and 5.32m to qualify for the final in fifth place. The improved weather conditions on Sunday led to a first round jump of 5.50m put her into second place. She then followed this up with a personal best and club record of 5.61m in the second round placing her third and she was able to retain this position through the final four rounds. Her final jump of 5.60m looked longer but it gave her a clear 3rd place. Ever since starting at Loughborough this year, she was worked incredibly hard on both her technique and fitness and this is already paying dividends for her. (Emma is on the right of the picture and we have permission to pass her picture around)
Emma was joined in making the finals on day two of competition by Emily Maltby competing for Bedfordshire University in the triple jump. Her qualifying jump of 11.05m was a seasons best again in the rough weather on Saturday. Emily then repeated the distance recording 11.06m in the final despite a slight head wind and finished a creditable tenth place.
Two other athletes unfortunately failed to make the final but did compete hard in their heats/qualifiers. Sean Garmory running for Newcastle University in heat 6 of the 400m, attacked the back straight strong head wind and sold himself as he tired in the home straight. Although recording a creditable 53.65s he was fifth in the heat but it would have required a big personal best for him to progress. Eliie Mae Stokes another first year student was competing for Gloucester University her preferred event of the javelin. Her university coach has been trying to change her run up and unfortunately this did not help her on the day, starting early in the day she threw the javelin 32.85m