The Oxfordshire Track and Field Championships took place over the weekend 25th/26th May at the Horspath track. At this early stage of the season Bicester athletes performed well obtaining a number of podium positions as well as a clutch of personal bests.

Bicester’s star of the weekend was Connor Wilce who won two gold medals in the U15 Boys long jump with a leap of 5.06m and competing up an age group in the U17 Boys triple jump with 11.40m. He then won a bronze medal in the U15 Boys 200m recording a new personal best in the heats of 26.68secs. Earlier he also run a personal best in the 100m of 13.03secs eventually placing 5th.

Bicester’s brother and sister Bevan and Nerissa Starrett were both in the medals U17 level. Bevan was second in the long jump with 4.73m and third in the triple jump with 10.40m, while Nerissa bagged high jump silver clearing 1.45m, plus bronzes in the long jump with a new personal best of 4.74m and triple jump with 10.07m.

Veteran Dave Kuester was in championship winning form with four first places in the over 65 throws. Kuester continues to throw to a high standard with winning marks of 31.20m in the discus, 9.92m in the shot, 33.45m in the hammer and 33,56m in the javelin.

Ever improving Jess Cherry followed Kuester’s lead with a brace of 2nd places in the U17 Girls’ shot putt with a mark of 8.34m metres and she was also in personal best from in the discus throwing 25.15m. She also finished 4th in the triple jump with 9.28m.

Tom Couzens finished 2nd in the U13 Boys’ long jump with 4.15m, Owen Acton finished 3rd in the U15 Boys 80mHurdles in 17.52sec and in the U17 Girls 100m Emily Benfield placed 3rd with a season’s best time of 13.65secs as well as 4th in the long jump with 4.28m.

Mark Smith 400m

Other Bicester athletes who performed well were Mark Smith equalling his personal best of 55.32secs in the final of the U17 Men’s 400m which placed him 6th. Lauren Garside recorded a new personal best in the U13 Girls long jump of 3.71 metres as she placed 7th of the 20 competitors and she just missed out on making the final of the 100m with a time of 15.77sec. Jake Cherry finished 4th in the U15 Boys javelin with a new personal best of 24.63m and then took on the 800m for the first time finishing 5th in 2:42.52sec. Rhiannon Penfold set a new personal best in the U15 girls long jump with a leap of 4.19m finishing 8th.