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Letter from the Men's captain

Indoor season review


Angus Harrington, Men’s Captain 2021-22


20 April 2022


The CUAC indoor season consisted of BUCS and VFEAR. The athletes fought valiantly at BUCS, however with some very strong sporting Unis we failed to produce any silverware. This contrasted our 6-0 track and 5-3 field crushing VFEAR victories against Oxford, teeing up the strong likelihood of us retaining our trophies this Summer. Expect athletes not to rest on their laurels however, as a lot can change in 3 months. A small but elite team travelled to the EIS in Sheffield. The big highlight was president Sam Clarke narrowly missing out on a bronze in the 60mH for 4th. This wasn’t good enough for Sam, who was well down on his PB. He joined 3 other angry boys to toe the line for the 4x200m heats, Zute, Angus and a boy dressed like Jeremy Dempsey (Harry Cox). Despite storming to second in our heat, easily getting a time for the final, Zute was done for brushing the lane line on leg 1 despite no proof of that on the video, and quite unfairly the team was DQ’d. Jeremy Dempsey was the next man close to getting a medal, coming 4th in a competitive 3000m. However he won best dressed for the weekend, pairing a cambridge blue vest with bright red half tights. The runner up for the award was Mounir Hinedi, who competed in his 60m heat in black 3/4 length Playboy shorts. Other highlights included our big man Marley Young, conducting a symphony with only a big ball of metal, narrowly missing out on a medal due to there being slightly bigger boys, in the shot put final. Georgios Zafiris jumped long in the TJ heats but bowed out of the final with an injury. VFEAR took place at Lee Valley, and despite there being big ticket events such as British indoor champs and national cross country on the same day, the boys all came out in force, surrendering these commitments for the more important event. Fresher Adam Dray schooled the experienced dropout specialist, Miles Weatherseed, in the 4x800. From that victory onwards, the day was set to be a good one. Oxford were easily swept aside, with heroics from Sam Clarke who competed in 5/6 track events. The field was more hotly contested, but still won by the men. The heavy throws were all won and the key to the overall victory. Marley Young and Robin Croft provided experience and versatility. Younger chaps Kerem Mumyakmaz, Ikechi and Alex B-M also helped our dominance in these. High Jump and Pole Vault were also won on the field. Highlights in these were Ethan Sorrell returning to action and clearing 1.85m. Dan Roffey also performed very well, with only 2 sessions in the bag but close to old form in both the getting over a bar events. More to come this Summer from CUAC. I’m predicting some more silverware and personal records!

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