BUSA Outdoors Review [22/Jun/07]

Edinburgh were the 2007 winners of BUSA Outdoors well clear of Cambridge in second and Imperial third. Edinburgh hit the front immediately and spent the day stretching that lead in wet conditions. After six consecutive years without any rain, the law of averages had its revenge with repeated heavy downpours in the morning session. Although there was respite during the third distance and almost no wind all day long, the rain returned before the finish to ensure a soggy end to the FITA, which was running as an experimental alternative to the Albion/Windsor. Edinburgh averaged over 1200 a piece as Jenny Jeppsson (1241), Emma Downie (1238), Alex Lamb (1187) and David Lange (1164) took the trophy. Jenny Jeppsson won the ladies individual title as well, as Colin Geenes (1243) wrapped up gents recurve gold in convincing fashion. Top compounds were Jonathan Goodman (Loughborough) 1348 and Danielle Brown (Leicester) on 1357. A total of 229 competitors from 38 institutions took part for the first change of round at a BUSA Champs for twelve years.

Edinburgh won the senior team even with 4830 to claim only the second ever domestic treble. Edinburgh hit the front immediately and it became clear over the day that they had far too much in the tank to be caught by any of the leading English clubs. Cambridge were the only other side to have four recurves in four figures as Ric Whalley (1163), Robert Fryers (1138), Ian Caulfield (1133) and Matthew Johnson (1056) won silver with 4490 - 430 behind first and 450 ahead of third. The team bronze medals were the subject of a fierce battle all day, but were eventually claimed by a solid team effort from Jordan Muscatello (1096), Elizabeth Williams (998), Mark Wheelhouse (976) and Travis Woodward (972) of Imperial. Warwick had to settle for fourth, but scraped over the 4000 barrier by a single point - the same margin by which leading scorer Thomas Kemp missed out on a 1200. Durham finished the day leading NEUAL club in fifth place on 3918 after an 1184 by Pete Clayton kept them a hundred points ahead of Southampton, for whom from Rob King top scored with 1128. This is Southampton's highest finish since at least 1996 and probably since 1992 when they won. Keele were seventh on 3760 with Andrew O'Connor on 1157, as York claimed the last BUSA point on 3728. The leading dozen teams were completed by Birmingham, Surrey, Bath and Sheffield on 36, 35, 34 and 32 hundred points respectively.

Edinburgh’s novices were arguably more dominant than their seniors as they notched three of the four highest scores of the day, the gent novices shooting a Metric I and the lady novices shooting the Metric II. Edinburgh's team score of 3074 was made up of Hugh Wilson (1064), Katherine Berggrav (1014) and Kyshiea Steele (997). Reversing the medal positions from the seniors, Imperial convincingly won novice team silver with Vicky Howse (966), Alexandra Crampton-Platt (938) and Robin Baumgarten (855) for a total of 2759. Cambridge's novice team comprised Richard Gardner (889), Ali Richardson (887), David Bebb (850). Martin Davis was the last of the three novices in four figures as his 1011 steered Southampton to fourth. Ruth Bedder (974) top scored for fifth placed Durham. Leeds completed the leading group of novice teams in sixth on 2049 with Pete Bowes (877) leading scorer.

Colin Geenes (Coventry) was the run-away winner of gents recurve with 1243 and added individual gold to go with silvers (recurve and compound) he won at the Indoors. Behind Geenes there was a scramble for silver and bronze involving Thomas Kemp (Warwick), Alexander Lamb (Edinburgh) and Peter Clayton (Durham) and others. Kemp won silver but finished agonisingly on 1199 as Lamb nudged in front of Clayton at the line, 1187-1184, as Clayton was left with the consolation of claiming the last BUSA point. Twenty points further back, David Lange (Edinburgh) held a one point lead over Ric Whalley (Cambridge) for fifth place. They were closely followed by Andy Tan (Exeter) 1159 and Andrew O'Connor (Keele) 1157. Cambridge duo Robert Fryers and Ian Caulfield rounded off the top ten in the 1130s. Robert King (Southampton) was the last gent over 1100, on 1128 in eleventh place.

The ladies recurve field was dominated by Jenny Jeppsson and Emma Downie (both Edinburgh) - how often has that been the case in recent years. The lead changed hands repeatedly over the day, but in the end Jeppsson scored 1241 to win the individual BUSA Outdoors title for the first time ahead of Downie (who won in 2005) three points behind on 1238. Jeppsson also became only the second person (after Matt Nowicki in 2003) to win team gold in all three national student events in the same year. Christina Malyon (Nottingham Trent) was best of the rest and picked up bronze with 1179. The last BUSA point in this category was won by defending champion Jacqueline Gould (Greenwich) fourth this time on 1155. The leading group of four was well clear of the chasing pack, and disappointingly, only a further three senior ladies cleared 1000.

Hugh Wilson (Edinburgh) won the trophy/novice gents recurve category with 1063 on the Metric I. Martin Davis (Southampton) on 1011 was second, ahead of Phil Middleton (Loughborough) who was only six points shy of the magic 1000. Jack Bryant (Birmingham) was clear on his own in fourth on 941. Katherine Berggrav (Edinburgh) won ladies novice recurve with the only score in four digits on 1014 as her teammate Kyshiea Steele (Edinburgh) fell just short on 997. Ruth Bedder (Durham) on 974 secured bronze ahead of Vicky Howse (Imperial) 966.

The leading three gents compound were separated by only seven points. Jonathan Goodman (Loughborough) with 1348 had just enough to pip Justin Gibbs (Northampton) 1344 and Chris Bell (Birmingham) 1341. Tim Nash (London), Neil Bowley (Nottingham Trent) and Phil Glover (Loughborough) also broke 1300. Danielle Brown (Leicester) on 1357 beat Indoors' winner Stephanie Crang (Gloucestershire) on 1344, third placed Becky Gridley (Keele) also over the 1300 mark.

Barebow gents was won comfortably by Kieran Whitworth (Bangor) on 515, with Helen Bundy (Derby) totally dominant with 666 in the ladies field. Top barebow novices were Assum Mumtaz (Sheffield) 399 and Leanne Wagstaff (Leeds) 443. Some longbows were brave enough to shoot a FITA with Matthew Fletcher (Warwick) the gents winner on 213 and Sarah Barnes (Sheffield Hallam) on 202 the ladies winner. Top longbow novice was Scott Penn (Leeds) on 133.

In the informal regional and national team categories there was double success for SUS and Scotland with Edinburgh's teams Jeppsson/Downie/Lamb/Lange and Wilson/Berggrav/Steele respectively. The English Universities senior team comprised Colin Geenes (Coventry), Thomas Kemp (Warwick), Peter Clayton (Durham) and Christina Malyon (Nottingham Trent) and on 4805 were 25 behind. The English Universities novice team comprised Martin Davis (Southampton), Phil Middleton (Loughborough) and Ruth Bedder (Durham) and were 100 adrift. Welsh Unis were third in both categories. BUTTS were runner up seniors with Ric Whalley (Cambridge) replacing Clayton. SEAL were novice runners up with Martin Davis (Southampton) and Vicky Howse and Alexandra Crampton-Platt (both Imperial).

The round change meant a late finish (after an early start), but fortunately the idea of having one wave of three was abandoned as two waves of two enabled 229 students and 2 guests to get through the rain. As ever there was an extraordinary range of scoring from 46 up to 1357 out of 1440 and following the relatively trouble free competition, and the feedback forms, BUSA have said that BUSA Outdoors will remain as a FITA for the immediate future. BUSA will also be applying to GNAS for record status for the tournament for next year which has been scheduled for Saturday 21st June 2008. Let's hope the camping is a less soggy experience in twelve months time.

News and Editorials 2006/2007

  • Summer of archery successes [10/Aug/07]
  • Summer of archery [11/Jul/07]
  • Maskell for Murkin in SWWU switchover [02/Jul/07]
  • BUSA Outdoors Review [22/Jun/07]
  • BUSA build-up and results round-up [11/Jun/07]
  • Ban on Heriot-Watt now lifted [04/Jun/07]
  • Swansea grab shock SWWU win [30/May/07]
  • Derbies for Derby [14/May/07]
  • Edinburgh's thousand point stroll [09/May/07]
  • Wins leave Cambridge 1st, Southampton 2nd [04/May/07]
  • In praise of BUSA [25/Apr/07]
  • BUTTS becomes Midlands Conference [19/Apr/07]
  • EResults from the ELeague [11/Apr/07]
  • Emma Downie goes to Izmir [02/Apr/07]
  • Scores from Glasgow and Galway [27/Mar/07]
  • BUSA Indoors Review [21/Mar/07]
  • Aberdeen SUS league's best of rest [15/Mar/07]
  • Keele win NEUAL plus BUTTS/ELeague news [13/Mar/07]
  • BUTC Review [08/Mar/07]
  • Cuts to mammoth BUSA field [06/Mar/07]
  • Updates from NEUAL [02/Mar/07]
  • Imperial hit their stride at right time [28/Feb/07]
  • BUTC: teams, targets and questionnaires [26/Feb/07]
  • SEAL shoot-off beckons [23/Feb/07]
  • SUS Head to Head success [20/Feb/07]
  • BUTTS double header [16/Feb/07]
  • Two-by-four's a BUTC knockout [14/Feb/07]
  • Edinburgh/Cambridge axis of ELeague [08/Feb/07]
  • York and Keele set up showdown [05/Feb/07]
  • RSS Feeding Frenzy [01/Feb/07]
  • Imperial, Sussex (and Edinburgh) claim wins [30/Jan/07]
  • Unlucky £13 for BUSA price hike [22/Jan/07]
  • New Year News [16/Jan/07]
  • Low scores as St Andrews go top [27/Dec/06]
  • York and Keele go neck and neck [12/Dec/06]
  • Cambridge edge BUTTS thriller [06/Dec/06]
  • BUTC Bid Date and Hot Hit-Miss Info [27/Nov/06]
  • O'Connor fires Keele to opening win [16/Nov/06]
  • Eleague's starter for 20 [08/Nov/06]
  • Eyes down for 06/07 [23/Oct/06]
  • Hosts required for BUTC [16/Oct/06]
  • Archery a winner in BUSA points revamp [15/Sep/06]

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