After a busy last few weeks of chasing points in various leagues, Bicester AC’s athletes turned their attention to chasing medals for themselves in this weekend’s Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire County Track and Field Championships staged at Horspath.  Although wins were hard to come by over the two days of competition there were numerous personal bests set.

Probably the best performance on day 1 was from Samuel Rayson in the under 13 boy’s long jump.  Proving that he is more than just a good hurdler, Rayson beat a big field of jumpers to strike gold with a national grade 4 leap of 4.23m.  There was a Bicester win in the senior lady’s long jump through Emily Benfield (4.14m).

Best performer on the day was probably under 15  boy Max Nicolle who achieved two new outstanding personal bests taking 3rd places in both the races he contested.  In his specialist event the 1500 metres, Nicolle just lost out in a thrilling 3 way battle for  gold, but had the consolation of setting a new best and national grade 4 effort of 4mins 39.57secs, with Sean Lock also setting a new best back in 10th (5mins 9.54secs).   Nicolle was also 3rd in the shorter 300 metres with a new personal best of 42.33 secs with teammate Edward Jolliffe also setting a new personal best back in 8th (48.44secs).  And in the under 13 girl’s 1500 metres Georgia Usher was also 3rd (5mins 35.40secs).

Amber Parker continues to improve in the hammer throw and she set a new club record in finishing 2nd in the under 15 girl’s event (20.43m).  Ben West again performed well in the under 17 boy’s 1500 metres (4mins 19.52secs) as he took silver in a closely contested event, where the under 17’s held sway over the older age groups.    Samuel White’s fine start to the season was rewarded with a medal as he took 3rd place in the under 15 boy’s 100 metres final (12.84secs) having already qualified through a competitive heat.  Another athlete to reach a sprint final was Isla Bohannon who set a new personal best in the under 13 girl’s 100 metres of 14.90 secs.   And in the under 13 girl’s long jump Any Willis also set a new personal best in 9th place (3.66m).

There were 4 Bicester county champions crowned on day 2 with Samuel Rayson foremost amongst the winners.  Competing in his specialist event the 75m hurdles, Rayson won in a national grade 3 time of 13.80secs.  Max Nicolle produced a superb effort in the under 15 800 metres recording an excellent new personal best and national grade 4 time of 2mins 15.51secs.

Amber Parker followed her fine effort in the hammer throw on day one with a new personal best throw and national grade 4 distance of 22.77m to win the uner15 girl’s discus.  She also won a fine bronze in the shot with another national grade effort of 7.98m with club mate Erin Fabri also putting a new personal best (6.42m).

There were some good Bicester efforts in the high jump with Keiran Finch striking gold in the under 20 event (1.60m) and Tom Couzens managing likewise in the under 17’s competition (1.55m).  Ben Groves competed well in the under 13 boy’s high jump as he took joint silver with a national grade effort of 1.30m.  Couzens also took 3rd in the triple jump with a new personal best mark of 10.30m.  Connor Wilce also competed well in the under 20 triple jump where was 3rd with 11.02m.

Written by Nick Dolden.

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