A small but select Bicester AC contingent contested last weekend’s Oxfordshire County Track and Field Championships staged at Horspath on 24th/25th May. Three of Bicester’s contingent were crowned County champions and two of these were from the talented Cherry household.
Jake Cherry has struggled for form in the opening weeks of the season but he put that right over the weekend as he smashed two of his previous bests in the throwing events. First up was the discus and Jake recorded his first ever plus 20 metre throw to take gold medal in the under 15 boy’s discus (24.82m). He then collected a silver medal in the javelin with a throw of 33.43metres. Cherry was also 4th in the final of the 200 metres (28.22 metres). Gold medal number 2 for the Cherry’s came in the under 17 girl’s triple jump as sister Jess took gold with a mark of 9.53 metres. This made up for Jess’s earlier misfortune when she injured a hand in the discus and was therefore below par in her specialist event the shot.
There was a fantastic finish to the under 13 girl’s 1500 metres and Bicester’s athlete of the summer, Amy Gould, was right in the thick of the action. Gould just missed out on a medal as she finished 4th just 3 seconds off the lead but once again she smashed her own recently set club record with a 5mins 26.7 clocking. Gould then put things right on Sunday as she collected bronze in the 800 metres with a new lifetime best of 2mins 40.29secs. However Gould had to fight hard to stay ahead of much improved Molly Acton who also set a new personal best mark of 2mins 41.6 secs. It was a very good weekend for Acton as she also set a new personal best mark in the 1500 metres placing 5th (5mins 42.18secs). Maisie Silvester was also 5th in the 800 metres (2mins 47.41secs) and 7th in the 1500 metres (6m 4.47secs).
Holly Hunter continued her fine from in the under 13 70 metre hurdles as she took gold with a 14.33 secs clocking. Emily Benfield was 5th in the under 20 long jump (4.67 metres). Lauren Garside also performed well in the long jump as she took 7th in the under 13 girl’s event with a best jump of 3.40 metres and she also made the final of the 100 metres, being just run out of the medals finishing 4th (15.91secs).
Tom Gould was the only Bicester athlete competing in the boys under 17 age group and he dipped under the 5 minute mark as he came 5th in the 1500 metres (4mins 59.40secs), he also achieved a new personal best as he took 7th in the 800 metres (2mins 19.03secs)