Wins were hard to come by for Bicester AC athletes in the final round of the Oxfordshire Junior League held on Sunday 6th Sepetmber at Drayton. Many of the athletes had not competed for over a month therefore fitness for many was at a premium. Holly Griffiths-Brown has not been out of the first two in any of the 300 metres she has contested this season despite this being her first year in this age group. And her fine record in the event was again confirmed on Sunday as she won the under 15 event in a national grade 4 clocking of 44.50secs. Griffiths-Brown also achieved grade 4 efforts in the long jump, where she was runner up with 4.63m and 3rd in the high jump (1.40m).
Bicester’s other two A string wins came in the boy’s events. Ben West has showed real promise this season and he crowned off what has been a successful year with a fine win in the under 15 1500 metres with a national grade 4 clocking of 4mins 45.7secs. Josiah Edwards-Giraud was also a winner in the under 13 boy’s long jump with a new personal best and grade 4 mark of 4.26m. Edwards–Giraud was also 4th in the javelin, although his distance of 19.18m was below his best.
There was a club record for Holly Hunter as she finished 3rd in the under 15 girl’s javelin with 23.38m with Lucy Stowell taking 2nd in the B string with a 17.81m effort. Hunter showed commendable versatility as she also placed 5th in the 800 metres (3 mins 0.8secs) as well as placing 3rd in the B 75metres Hurdles (14.40secs) whilst Stowell took 4th place in the discuss (17.71m). Orliath Lyford took 3rd place in the A under 15 75 metre Hurdles, also in 14.40secs, as well as placing 3rd in the B shot (6.10m) and 4th in the A 200 metres (30.70secs). Bicester’s A string in the shot was Lauren Garside who also placed 3rd (7.25m) and competed well for 2nd in the B long jump (4.07m).
Amy Gould also produced a good effort in the under 15 1500 metres placing 3rd (5mins 35.2secs) and she was well up to her best in the high jump placing 3rd in the B string (1.20m). There was a good contingent of under 13 girl athletes competing and several performed with credit. Millie Couzens was 3rd in the 200 metres clocking 31.6secs as well as placing 5th in the 800 metres (2mins 53.5secs). Couzens also jumped a national grade height in the high jump (1.25m) placing 4th. In the same 800 metres, Emilia Sims finished 3rd (3mins 6.0secs) and she was also 3rd in the B javelin (12.42m).
Amelia Cox was a little below her best in the under 13 girl’s 1500 metres (5mins 51.4secs) but still gained valuable points in 4th place and she was also 4th in the long jump (3.34m) as well as 5th in the javelin (12.08m). Charlotte Hewitt gained the team valuable points in the B 100 metres (16.10secs) where she was 4th and the B 200 metres (32.90secs) where she was 3rd. However she knocked a second off her previous best as she won the B string 70m hurdles with a 15.70secs clocking. Georgia Cordy recorded the same time finishing 3rd in the A event as well as placing 5th in the A 100 metres (15.70secs) and 3rd in the B long jump (3.17m).
The under 15 boys had a small but select team and several performed in excess of their best form. William Sims threw a new personal best for 4th in the javelin (23.81m) as well as setting a new personal best of 17.47m for 2nd in the B string Discus. Sims was also 2nd in the B 1500 metres (5mins 49.5secs). Oscar Honour also threw a personal best of 19.18m in the discus for 5th in the A event and produced a fine first effort in the javelin for 3rd in the B event (23.25m).
Tom Couzens was a little below his best but still placed 5th in the under 15 boy’s long jump with a mark of 4.29m (J J Welham was 4th in the B with 4.01m) as well as finishing 3rd in the 800 metres (2mins 41.6secs). Freddie Taylor performed creditably for 3rd in the under 13 boy’s 1500 metres (5mins 39.6secs) and there was a one man team effort by Tom Gould in the under 17 boy events as he placed 2nd in the under 17 1500 metres (4mins 54.2secs) and just missed out on bests in the 400 metres (63.8secs) and shot (7.03m).
In the quad under 9 events Julius Quist gained good points in the 75m (12.5secs) and Josephine Parker did well in both the 75 metres (12.4secs) and 600 metres (2mins 19.8secs).