There were some excellent performances in what was a well contested club quad competition on a balmy Saturday at Bicester School. The competition was split into age groups and athletes accumulated points over 4 events based on quad competition rules. Quad events for under 11s are a 75m run, 600m run, long jump and vortex with the older athletes replacing the 75m with 100m and 600m for the 800m.
Athletes were further subdivided into two groups with an under 11 group and a more senior group. These groups were then sub divided into four groups as the athletes went round each event heptathlon style. This made for some interesting intra age group competition in some of the events. There was a cracking older group 800m heat. Under 15 Sam Rayson led this event out but was always closely pursued by under 13 Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah. However just as these two were about to battle out the finish, Lincoln Jones started to close rapidly in the home straight and was looking the likely winner. However he was pipped ion the line by Kyle McLeod, who came out of the clouds to claim victory stopping the clock at 2mins 35secs. Just one second split those four athletes with all collecting 52 points in the quad competition.
The overall under 15 boy’s competition was a cracking competition. Kyle Rayson was pushed all the way by both Lincoln Jones and Kyle McLeod. Jones produced a cracking best leap in the long jump with the longest jump of the day (5.44m) some 40cms in advance of Rayson’s best. However, the key event turned out to be the vortex, a junior version of the javelin. Despite holding the best javelin throw prior to the competition, Jones was unable to replicate this effort in the vortex and it was Kyle McLeod who had the longest throw with 38.3m ahead of Rayson’s 35.1m and Jones further back with 26.9m. Just 6 points separated the top three in the finals standings with Rayson in first place (233points). Jones just managed to hold McLeod scoring 228 one point ahead of McLeod.
Django La Porte produced the longest vortex throw of the day (43.1m) and fastest 100m (12.4secs) as well as a very good second best long jump (5.27m). La Porte comfortably won the under 17 men’s competition with the highest points tally on the day (245) ahead of club newcomers the Moran twins. Isaac just got the verdict in 2nd , thanks to a superb solo effort in his heat of the 800m where he ran the fastest time of the day with a superb 2mins 32secs, a good effort on the grass surface. Isaac also produced a very good Vortex (42.6m) and he was 5 points ahead of twin brother Joshua in the overall under 17 men standings (210).
There was a superb battle in the under 13 girl’s competition. Amber Busby got a narrow verdict over Yasmine Sheppard with 159 points just one point ahead of Sheppard. The basis of Busby’s win was a strong win in her heat of the 800m (3mins 01secs) with Sheppard achieving a narrow best throw in the vortex event (22.7m). Isla Wooding was 3rd in the overall standings just 4 points adrift of Sheppard. Olivia Naidu- Johnson produced the leading performance in two of the events which included a swift 14.2secs in the 100m and 3.79m in the long jump.
There were strong efforts by Georgia Bower in the 100m (13.8secs) and a superb long jump (4.52m) which were good enough performances to help her win the under 15 girl’s competition (153 points) ahead of Bethany Wetton (137 points) who produced the longest vortex throw (21.0m) and Evie Jasper (133 points) who ran the fastest 800m (3mins 12secs). Earlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah was in dominant form in the under 13 boy’s competition producing the leading performance in three of the four events. He was easily the fastest in the 100m (14.4secs) and his long jump of 4.23m was 77cm ahead of his nearest rival. His final points tally of 195 points was 25 clear of Henry Unger who did well for 2nd (170 points) with Zac Bradney in 3rd (158 points). Ella Rayner won the under 17 woman’s competition with 129 points.
There was a masterful performance by William Cleaver in the under 11 boy’s competition. He was top performer in three of the 4 events with a dominant run in the 600m (2mins 07secs), a swift 11.3secs in the 75m and the best vortex throw of 31.0m which helped him to a haul of 252 points. There was a great battle for 2nd between Emmerson MacAndrew-Uren and Luke Ham with just three points separating them at the finish with McAndrew-Uren amassing 222 points. Both were evenly matched with MacAndrew-Uren strong in the 600m (2mins 14secs) and Ham performing well in the long jump (3.78m). Jason Osakwe produced the longest under 11 boy’s jump with 3.85m.
The top three in the under 11 girl’s event were well spread out with three of the leading performances coming from Lara Chisholm in the 600m (2mins 18secs), long jump (3,94m) and vortex (24.0m) for a haul of 229 points. Lily Childs also exceeded 200 points for 2nd place (201points) which included the fastest 75m (11.8secs). Third place went to Imogen Unger with 185 points.
The under 9’s gained valuable experience with some decent individual performances. Barnaby Wilson amassed a winning total of 147 points which included leading performances in the 600m (2mins 27secs) and long jump (3.18m). Second went to Sam Wilson (132 points) with Jamie Osakuwe in 3rd (127points) best performing in the 75m (12.6secs). Charlie Astone produced the best throw in the vortex with 16.4m). Edith Haynes won the under 9 girl’s event with 89 points.