Nick loves being back in pole position again

University of Birmingham’s Nick Cruchley insists he can’t wait to jump again after claiming pole vault gold at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.

The 24-year-old headed to Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport full of confidence last weekend, the scene of his 2013 BUCS Gatorade Nationals triumph.

Despite winning both the indoor and outdoor BUCS crowns last year, Cruchley decided to take a step away from athletics but is back this season looking to make up for lost time.

And that was evident as he successfully held on to this title with a height of 5.40m, his best ever indoor jump. The result has shown Cruchley that he was right to return to the sport this season and he admits he is far from over just yet.

“It’s a competition I like winning, it sounds silly but I do like this comp a lot so I am really happy with the gold medal,” the sports and material science student said.

“Obviously having done indoors and outdoors for two years running it’s great to get another indoors title and it will set me up well for my next competition.

“We’ve got a good group of British guys hitting 5.30m and 5.40m so we are getting strong.

“I like being ahead of these guys but they are going to push me and it’s nice to have a group of guys here to constantly compete with.

Jump higher, that’s my aim. Just do what I’m doing, jump as high as possible and enjoy what I’m doing. There is qualifying for the Commonwealth Games but there are three guys quite a bit ahead of me.”

Cruchley wasn’t the only University of Birmingham student to shine in Sheffield, with Caoimhe King winning gold in the women’s triple jump with a best leap of 12..88m, as well as finishing fifth in the long jump.

Swimmer Charlotte Reid claimed gold in the 50m backstroke at Ponds Forge, while Kings Norton boxer Richard Keating won the U60kg title.

“I’m ecstatic. I did expect to win – you never come in to boxing expecting to lose – but the lad I boxed was from the same university as well so that was always a bit tentative,” said 21-year-old Keating, who is studying podiatry at University of Brighton.

“We shared a hotel room together the day before and then we had to smash each other up. It’s pretty rough but I had a bit more experience and he was a worthy opponent in the final.

“It’s my last year and one and only go at BUCS, and I’ve come out and won it so I’m really happy.”





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