Two Bicester AC athletes were selected to compete for Oxfordshire Schools in last weekend’s ESSA Midland Combined Events Championship held at Banbury. Kyle Rayson produced his best score in an outdoor combined events competition as he amassed an impressive 2058 points for overall 4th place out of 20 competitors in the under 15 boy’s event. Rayson produced three new personal bests and two national grade performances in the 5 events he competed in.
Rayson started the competition brilliantly with the equal joint fastest 80m hurdle time. He clocked 12.5secs to knock two tenths off his previous best which was also a national grade 3 performance. Rayson then produced another best in the shot putt (7.70m) but this is one of his weaker events and dropped to 4th place after two events. In his third event Rayson produced his 2nd best long jump of the season (4.72m) but still dropped down a further place to 5th . He then enjoyed a very successful high jump producing the 2nd highest jump of the competition with a new best clearance of 1.56m which was also a national grade 4 mark. Going into the final event the 800m Rayson was in 3rd place. Although he produced his 2nd best ever time (2mins 32.6secs) it was not quite good enough to maintain his 3rd place. However his 4th place was the leading Oxfordshire performance with the under 15 boy’s team taking 3rd place.
Bicester AC’s Kyle McLeod was 2nd Oxfordshire scorer in the under 15 boy’s event in his first ever combined event. McLeod achieved three new bests amassing a total of 1,271 points for 17th place. There was an impressive new best for McLeod in the 800m as he produced one of the fastest clocking on the day (2mins 29.2secs). There was also a new best in the shot putt (5.27m) and the 80m hurdles (16.7secs) where he was making his debut. One of his best point hauls was in the long jump (4.43m) as well as clearing his 2nd highest ever height in the high jump (1.17m).