Athletics, South West Varsity – FXU Supremacy

Written by Giuliano Formisano |

After the victorious Winter Varsity, FXU has pushed further the boundaries by winning the Summer edition, achieving a fantastic Double Varsity title!

At the Exeter Arena, the universities of the South West brought their best teams to the second varsity of the year. Many things have changed since October, the other universities presented new lists of athletes, among all there was Bath Uni, who seemed top of the ranking by bringing 45 athletes with a well established history of outstanding results.

Despite being the current South West Varsity Champions, FXU wes the underdog team of the competition and an exceptional team-work was needed to confirm the great results of the last edition.

As the latin said, “Fortune favours the brave” and, in the cold Exeter, FXU managed to win its second South West Varsity, bringing to Cornwall the Double Title after only 2 years of foundation. The team was guided to the victory by an outstanding team effort by all the athletes, who all competed in multiple events showing great commitment to maintain the leadership in the South West.

On the women side: Laura Armorgie, first ever BUCS medalist, easily won the high jump competition and the 100mH race by setting the new club record with 15.7 seconds; Armorgie also finished second in the long jump setting the new team record with 4.91 meters. Megan Bailey, Field Captain and BUCS athlete, came first in the javelin and 3rd in the shot put competitions setting the new records with respectively 20.93 meters and 6.62 meters. Bailey also set her new PB in the 200m, improving her club record to 23.8 seconds. Lily England, BUCS athlete, finished 2nd in the 400mH in 75.1 seconds. The 4x100m relay (Muir, England, Stanworth and Bailey) came 2nd with 56.8s, new club record. Noteworthy was also Chanel Roberts’s improvement on 100 and 200 meters, where she set her new PBs by cutting over a second in both distances. Great results came from the rest of the women team with many PBs and points for the ranking, which will lead the way for the next Varsity season.

On the men side: Jamal Clarke, President of the Club and BUCS athlete, won the 400m in 50.8s and achieved good results in the 100 and 200 meters races. In the javelin, FXU placed 3 athletes on the podium with Moitse Didimalang (1st, 40.16m), Adam Cox (2nd, 33.23m) and Charlie Maw (3rd, 32.29). Jordan Clay, XC Captain and BUCS athlete, finished 3rd in the 1500 and 5000m with 4’22’.7 and 15’42”0. Christopher Munkondya and Nathan Elemen, Social Secretary, finished 1st and 2nd in the triple jump with respectively 11,24 and 10.86 meters. Despite the extreme difficulty of the race and the adverse weather conditions, Valentin Bertiaux finished 3rd in the 3000m Steeplechase, setting the new club record in 12’12”1. As for the women side, the men did a very good team work, competing in non-main events and despite a very early time of the year with a season which is yet to start.

Behind the triumph of a perfect management of the athletes there are many months of preparation and hard work, which have paid off in the cold Exeter and really bring hope to FXU Athletics for future competitions. Next on the calendar April’s Opens and the beginning of the summer season!