A number of Bicester AC athletes excelled at last weekend’s Oxfordshire Track and Field Championships held on 23rd/24th May at Horspath. Ever improving under 15 Holly Griffiths-Brown enjoyed a very successful weekend’s competition winning gold medals in the high jump (1.40m) and the long jump with a new personal best leap of 4.68m. However her best effort of the weekend was in the 300 metres where she collected silver in a superb new personal best time of 43.53secs which moved her to 41st in the national rankings in what is her first season in the under 15 age group. She also collected a brace of bronze medals in the sprints which included a new personal best time of 13.55secs in her heat of the 100 metres.
Millie Couzens also collected a brace of gold medals in the under 13 events. Her winning jump in the long jump of 4.22m moved her to 66th place in the national rankings in her first season in the under 13 age group. Couzens also won a very competitive 200 metres in a new personal best time of 29.96 secs and smashed her previous time in the 800 metres to finish 5th in 2mins 44.65secs. Not to be outdone, brother Tom also enjoyed a good weekend winning the under 15 high jump with a personal best leap of 1.48m as well as adding a county silver in the long jump with a 4.57m leap and running a new personal best in the 300 metres (45.10secs) for 3rd place.
Molly Acton ran the race of her life in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres as she took a magnificent silver medal in a new lifetime best of 2mins 33.85secs with Amy Gould 7th in the same event in a season’s best time of 2mins 43.84secs. Gould was to gain consolation in the 3000 metres where she took silver in a new personal best time of 12mins 54.33secs as well as competing in the high jump (1.20m). Jess Cherry enjoyed a successful weekend in the under 20 events winning the triple jump with a leap of 9.38m and finishing 2nd in the shot putt with 9.70m. Connor Wilce was also crowned triple jump county champion winning the under 17 men’s event with a leap of 12.18m. Jake Cherry took silver in the under 17 men’s javelin with a throw of 30.34m as well as setting a new personal best in the discus of 19.56m.
Holly Hunter was in good form in the under 15 javelin as she set another personal best with a throw of 19.66m as well as finishing 4th in the 75m hurdles (15.44secs). Freddie Taylor qualified for the Bucks County Championships and he managed a trio of personal bests. His best effort was in the long jump where he was 4th with a leap of 3.90m. He was also 8th in the 800 metres (2mins 45.2secs) and 6th in the 1500 metres (5mins 28.34secs). Emily Benfield has performed in a good few county championships and she leapt to a season’s best in the under 20 long jump to take 3rd with 4.52m and also placed 2nd in the 100m with 13.88secs. Lauren Garside made the final of the under 15 100 metres and also ran a personal best 30.68secs in the 200 metres as well as placing 6th in the shot putt (6.83m).
Tom Gould was just outside his best in the under 17 800 metres placing 4th in 2mins 20.84secs and again 4th in the 3000 metres clocking 10mins 44.27 secs. Jamil Welham competed in the under 15 100 and 200 metres and set a new personal best in the 300 metres (46.93secs).