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  1. Eastbourne Rovers sprinter Bryn Smith is going from strength to strength with his indoor performances. Last weekend saw him don his Brighton University ‘Panthers ‘vest at the British University Indoor Championships in the Sheffield Arena.

    Pumped up from his success two weeks before with his bronze medal in the South of England Championships, Smith was ready to tackle the 60m and 200m.

    In his 60m heat he cruised over the line in 1st place in 7.01 for a spot in the semi-final. Everyone upped their game so even a 6.98 in 3rd position did not give him a lane in the final.

    After a day’s rest Smith was lining up for his best event the 200m. He again ran an amazingly easy relaxed heat in a new personal best of 21.63. In his semi-final he attacked all the way for another PB of 21.54 in second place, seeing him into the final.

    Smith in the tight lane two gave a good chase until 150m when the leaders pulled away with Smith taking 5th spot out of an original field of over 70 athletes.

    This was a remarkable performance at this prominent level and puts Smith 3rd overall in the Senior SE rankings and 9th U23 in the country.

    Sprint coach Sue Keen said ‘Bryn has had a fantastic indoor season as he now makes his mark in the senior ranks.’

    The indoor season has been short and sweet, but Smith will now have a more restful March before the outdoor season get underway in April.

  2. Eastbourne Rovers Track and Field report on Sussex Indoor Championships


    Eastbourne Rovers sprinters travelled to Sutton to compete in the Sussex Indoor championships. 

    U15 Josie Usher was the star of the day. Competing for the first time at this event and against athletes a year older she stormed to victory in her heat with an impressive 8.45 secs. This qualified her for the final where she crossed the line in 2nd place for the silver medal in 8.54secs. Training partner Jemima Scott is more suited to the longer sprints but used this event for speedwork and to gain experience at running indoors. She came 4th in her race.

    Dylan Brudenell ( U20) was very unlucky to miss out on a lane in the final coming 3rd in his race in 7.58 secs.

    In the field events it was the turn of Harriet Armstrong to contest the U20 girls triple jump. She produced a good set of jumps, with a best of 10.59 to secure another silver medal.

    Cara Maker is getting back her outdoor form from last season as she leapt over 5m in the senior long jump. Her jump of 5m06 clinched another silver medal for the ‘Rovers Camp’. Cara was happy with this performance preparing her for the British Masters Indoor championships in March.