Bicester AC organised their own quad competition last Tuesday at the Bicester Schools sportsground. This was the first time that many Bicester athletes had competed in a quad event since they were under 11. Quad events require the athlete to complete four events where they score points for each event completed. For under 11s the events incorporate the 75 metres, 600 metres, Long Jump and Vortex with the 75 and 600 metres races replaced by the 100 and 800 metres respectively for older runners. Almost 100 athletes took part which was in excess of half of the eligible membership.
There were several fine performances on the night. Highest point scorer in the older age group competition was under 15 boy Devon Weldon. Although not a club member currently, Weldon qualified by having attended recent training sessions. Producing a reasonably swift 13.8secs in the 100 metres Weldon then proceeded to produce both the longest jump of the evening (5.10 metres) and Vortex throw (47metres). His final tally of 227 points was 16 points clear of Keiron Finch and Christopher Bernard, both under 20 men. Finch and Bernard were only separated by one point with both evenly matched throughout the evening. This was Bernard’s Bicester competition and he showed plenty of promise, particularly in the 100 metres (13.1secs).
The girls competition was incredibly close and both the under 13 and 15 age groups could have gone to any one of a number of competitors. In the event it was the athletes who produced the better consistency over the four events that prevailed with Lucia Sammons winning the under 15 age group and Holly Keeble taking the under 13 competition. Both amassed the same number of points 148 making them equal highest girl scorers on the night.
Keeble did well to come out on top amongst the under 13 girls where the competition was particularly keen and close. Only 16 points separated the top 7 and it was Keeble’s consistency over the 4 events which won the day. Hollie Offord and Jenny Critchley (in her first season with the club) were not far behind in 2nd and 3rd with Offord made to pay for a weak Vortex. However the biggest loser in the Vortex throw was Isla Bohannon who had impressed in the 100 metres where she was comfortably the fastest under 13 girl (14.9secs) and supplementing this with a good long jump (3.62m) but her Vortex throw pushed her down to 7th in the overall under 13 girl standings. She was one place behind by Emily Horing who excelled in the Vortex with the longest under 13 girls throw of the evening(23m). Anna Joliffe, who finished an overall 4th, was the only under 13 girl to break 3 minutes for the 800 metres clocking an impressive 2mins 54secs.
As with the under 13’s, the under 15 girl’s competition hinged on a couple of events with the top four separated by only 7 points and only one point separating first and second. As with Keeble, it was Lucia Sammons’s consistency which won the day beating Georgia Usher by one point. Usher was comfortably the fastest under 15 girl over 800 metres (2mins 54secs) but she was to rue lost points in the 100 metres. Erin Fabri finished 3rd just 5 points down on Usher but produced the fastest under 15 girl time in the 100 metres (15.40secs) and jumped further than she has in competition in the Long Jump with an impressive (4.20m). However she was well down on Sammons and Usher in the Vortex. In fact Sammons produced the longest Vortex throw by any girl (28metres). Amy Willis was just one point behind Fabri and she too lost points in the Vortex.
Quite apart from producing the overall winner in Devon Weldon, the under 15 boy’s competition was one of the most keenly contested of the evening and it was again fine margins that sorted out the places. Michael Cadle just got the better of a duel with Sam Rayson as he amassed 205 points which was three points better than Rayson. Although principally a hurdler and jumper Rayson embraced the spirit of the competition in the 800 metres as he led the more experienced Tom Kavanagh in his heat of the 800 metres only succumbing in the final 100 metres. His time of 2mins 41 secs was still one second faster than Cadle’s but the latter jumped a splendid 4.48m in the Long Jump, just 12cms down on Rayson’s best jump. And it was the Vortex which was to prove the difference as Cadle’s javelin prowess came to the fore as his throw of 33m was 5 metres in excess of Rayson’s. Edward Joliffe and Zach Singer were 4th and 5th with 195 and 190 points respectively. However these two produced the race of the evening as they were drawn in the same heat of the 800 metres and then proceeded to swap places liberally throughout the race eventually crossing the line with the same time. This run represented a big step up for Singer. Joliffe was left to rue a disappointing Vortex after good efforts in the 100 metres and Long Jump (4.68m).
Jacob Gough and James Wall – Morris dominated proceedings in the under 13 boy’s category both amassing an impressive points hauls of 192 and 165 respectively. Gough, who is normally a good thrower, threw easily the longest Vortex throw of the day by an under 13 boy. However it was his Long Jump which surprised where he produced a national grade standard leap of 4.36m which was easily the longest jump of the day by an under 13. Solid efforts in the running events ensured that he was a comfortable winner. Wall – Morris, is not a club member but he has been down training and he produced the fastest 800m by an under 13 clocking 2mins 53secs. Sami Singer was the only other under 13 boy to break the 3 minute barriers (2mins 54secs). Django La Porte and Erin Fabri were next best in the overall standings with 144 points apiece with La Porte recording the fastest 100 under 13 boy’s time (15.90secs).
There was plenty of competition in the lower age groups with 37 athletes taking part. Kyle Rayson dominated the under 11 boy’s events with an impressive points haul of 284 points. Rayson produced the best points score in the 75m, Long Jump and Vortex and was 2nd fastest in the 600m. In this event he had to give best to Noah Eastgate who clocked an impressive 2mins 5secs which gave him 2nd place in the overall standings. He was only 5 points in front of Joel Hodges with the next competitor 41 points behind Hodges.
The under 11 girl’s competition was much closer with only 6 points separating the top three so small margins made the difference. Isabelle Webb just came out on top with her effort in the 600 metres (2mins 20secs), the fastest time by an under 11 girl. She also threw the 2nd furthest distance in the Vortex (15 metres). Bethany Webb was just 5 points behind with an impressive 3.44m in the Long Jump which was 2nd only to the leap of Jessica Garside (3.54m) who was 3rd overall with 229 points. Fastest 100 metre time was produced by Jasmine Hendon (12.50secs) who amassed the 4th highest points tally amongst the under 11 girls.
There were smaller turnouts in both the under 9 age groups with Austin Hiller coming out on top on the boy’s events. There was a close battle in the girl’s events with Olivia Nandu Johnson just getting the better of Erin Horseman and Amber Busby in a three way battle.
Written by N Dolden