By Jay Tserkezie - Captain 2016/17
BUCS Outdoors is the second of the two national BUCS archery fixtures that take place in an academic year. The event consists of a WA1440 round (144 arrows at varying distances which depend on category) on the Saturday, followed by a qualifying plus head to head round on the Sunday. BUCS points are only awarded for performance on the Saturday.
The action kicked off on a cold damp Saturday with regular showers keeping the archers on their toes. When the rain settled it was more BUCS points for Lancaster with the senior ladies recurve team (Laura Hodgkinson, Gemma Ainsworth, Kirsty Falcus) placing 6th and the senior male recurve team (Alex Goldsack, Jay Tserkezie, Dom Belcher) finishing in 7th. The highest individual placing achieved was Naomi Smith with a 9th place finish in the novice lady recurve category.
The Sunday was a considerably wetter affair with archers powering through the rain to shoot the seeding round. The highest seeded Lancaster archers were Alex Goldsack with an impressive 8th in the gents recurve category, and Laura Hodgkinson with a 16th place seed in the lady recurve category. Alex made it the furthest in the head to head event, losing out to 1st seed and eventual winner Tom Hall in the quarter final.
Although we were hoping for a higher placing in the team events, the club has been consistently placing in the top 8 for both genders. With more hard work and training we hope to build on this year’s advances and maybe we will see some medals arrive in the near future!
Well done to everyone who shot at BUCS this year!