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16 March 2010 | PR 10/49

Loughborough athletes dominate BUCS indoor finals


Sally Scott goes clear on her way to pole vault gold.  Image by Matthew Impey.

Loughborough University’s male athletes carried off the overall team title from the British Universities Indoor Championships at the weekend.

At the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Ben Gregory completed victory for Loughborough in the men’s pole vault clearing a height of 4.95 metres while Matt Burton led a one-two for Loughborough in the men’s long jump final,  winning the competition ahead of team mate Bradley Pickup with a best of 7.69 metres.

David Feeney secured bronze for Loughborough over the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.22secs and Loughborough team captain Rob Hodges finished 4th in the final of the 1500m clocking a time of 3:50.25.

The University’s women came second overall with Kirsty Milner securing a dramatic win in the 3000m, clocking a time of 9mins 41.59secs to edge out Imogen Ainsworth of Bristol by a margin of just 15 hundredths of a second.

Milner said afterwards: “I feel absolutely brilliant. It’s my first ever UK indoors and it’s my last year as a student so I thought I’d come here and have some fun. I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Loughborough 2012 sports scholar Sally Scott secured victory in the women’s pole vault final for Loughborough with a clearance of 4.10m and team mate Abby Haywood, finished runner-up.

Scott said: “I started off really bad, but I was on shorter poles than usual. After that I felt excellent and cleared the last two heights on my first attempt.”

Elsewhere in the BUCS Championships, Loughborough’s men’s football 1st XI beat Bournemouth University to win the championship after coming back from a goal down in the last ten minutes with strikes from Raul Alexis and Matt Aldred.
There was also a championship title for the men’s table tennis players with Tim Yarnall rounding off a  9-4 victory over Cambridge University.

A heart-breaking 67-68 to Leeds Met Carnegie defeat dashed Loughborough’s 1st team netballers’ hopes of the championship but their second team fared better in the trophy final with a 60-29 win over the University of Birmingham.

There were mixed fortunes on the tennis court as both men’s and women’s  first teams lost to London Metropolitan University in the semi-final and final respectively, but both second teams managed trophy final wins, the men beating University Bath and the women conquering University of Portsmouth.

Men’s and women’s Badminton first teams finished runners up after defeats to Leeds Met Carnegie in the championship finals but the men’s second team took trophy final glory with a  6-2 win over University of Bath.

In Lacrosse, Loughborough’s men took home the trophy after beating the University of Sheffield 10-9.

The action in the pool at Pond’s Forge saw a well-below strength Loughborough University team pipped to first place by one point in the team competition.


For all media enquiries contact:

Danny Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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