Bicester AC found life very competitive in the inaugural round of the Oxon Junior League staged at Horspath on Sunday 12th April.  The under 13 and under 9 girl’s teams and under 11 boys performed well as they each managed 3rd in their respective team competitions.

First places were hard to find during the afternoon but Connor Wilce built on the promising foundations of a couple of weeks ago to taste success, this time in the under 17 long jump, with a new personal best mark of 5.72m, which was a national graded effort.  There was a double first in this event as Lewys Jones took the B string with a leap of 3.74m.  Tom Gould produced a solid opening run in the under 17 1500 metres finishing 3rd in 4mins 56secs.

Holly Griffiths Brown has moved up an age group but she enjoyed a successful afternoon recording a winning leap in the under 15 girl’s long jump, with a national graded effort of 4.46m.  Griffiths Brown also recorded a personal best 14.34s in the 100 metres for 3rd place and a fine 2nd in the 300 metres (49.81s).

Also moving up an age group was Millie Couzens who performed very well in the under 11 girl’s events.  She achieved 2 runner up spots as she placed 2nd in her first ever 800 metres (2mins 59.2s) and 2nd in the long jump (3.68m).  One of the runs of the day was achieved by teammate Georgia Cordy, who was 2nd in the under 13 girls 100 metres with a new personal best time of 15.38s.   And Fergus Jones showed a lot of promise in the under 15 boy’s javelin with a throw of 21.35m earning him 3rd place.

Lauren Garside has started the season well and she landed another personal best in the under 15 girl’s shot placing 2nd in the A string with a 7.29m putt.  Garside also competed well in the 100 metres placing 2nd in the B string with a 14.8secs clocking.  Orlaith Lyford enjoyed a good afternoon’s competition in the same age group finishing 2nd in the under 75 metres hurdles with 15mins 4secs and winning the B string 300 metres (54.61s).  Molly Acton also earned the under 15 girls valuable points as she placed 3rd in the A string 800 metres (2mins 50.9s) as well as finshing 2rd in the B string discus (11.13m).

It was a good start in the under 9 quad competition for Holly Keeble who placed an overall 3rd in the first round of competition.  Keeble produced the 2nd fastest 600 metres clocking 2mins 41secs.  The under 11 boy’s competition attracted 39 competitors so Sam Rayson equipped himself very well in overall 7th, just 2 places in front of teammate Michael Cadle.  It was teammate Ben Groves however who produced the longest long jump of the day leaping 3.20m.  There were 56 competitors in the under 11 girl’s competition and Isabella Hopkins was the highest placed Bicester finisher in 10th place.  She produced the 3rd best leap of the day in the long jump (3.10m).