Bicester AC’s athletes competed superbly in the final round of their division 3 Heart of England league match held last Sunday in Corby. Nine national grade performances were set as well as 25 new personal bests.
Lincoln Jones led the charge in the under 15 boy’s competition. He set a superb new best in the long jump with his first ever competitive leap of over 5 metres (5.35m). Not only did this win the competition but it was also a national grade 3 performance. On the day Jones set a trio of bests as he lowered his 300m best with 2nd in the A string (41.1secs), which was also a national grade mark, as well as winning the B high jump with a 1.45m clearance in his first ever high jump competition.
The under 15 boys again competed superbly as a team. Kyle Rayson won both the 80m hurdles (12.7secs) which was a national grade 3 effort and the high jump with a national grade 4 clearance of 1.55m. He was also 2nd in the shot put with a new best of 8.30m. There was a personal best for Robson Matthews in winning the B long jump (4.79m) and he also claimed 3rd place in the A javelin (17.01m). Jesse Carter ran a new best in finishing 2nd in the B 300m (43.8secs) as well as throwing 10.38m for 3rd in his javelin debut performance. And George Hart competed in his first ever track competition for the club which included a 3rd place in the A 1500 metres (5mins 18.0secs). Once again, the 4 by 100 metre quartet put in a strong performance with the team of Rayson, Matthews, Jones and Carter finishing 2nd in a swift 51.8secs.
It was a good day for Bicester male long jump competitors as all 6 Bicester competitors achieved personal bests. Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah has made superb progress in this event since the start of the season and he won a very competitive under 13 boy’s competition with a new best and national grade 3 leap of 4.48m. He also won his 4th 800 metres of the summer with a national grade 3 clocking of 2mins 27.4secs as well as finishing 2nd in the A shot put (7.00m). Finlay
Haynes also competed well in the under 13 boy’s events with a win in the B shot put (5.24m). He produced one of his best ever throws in his 6th javelin competition of the season for 3rd in the A string (17.42m) as well as leaping to a new best in the long jump with 3rd in the B string (3.21m).
The under 13 girls between them covered 10 events. There was a win and national grade 4 performance for Tabitha Bosley in a closely contested 1500 metres (5mins 29.1secs). Bosley’s other performances included 3rd in the A javelin (14.13m). Grace Jarvey lowered her 200m best still further with 30.2secs which was a national grade 4 mark and she also won the B long jump with a leap of 3.35m. Olivia Naidu-Johnson ran a swift 14.4secs for the 100metres which was not only a new personal best but also a national grade performance. Naidu-Johnson’s other performances included a 2nd in the A high jump (1.15m). The Bicester girls were superb in the shot put both recording new bests. Amber Busby putted over 6m for the first time with 6.11m to earn runner up in the A event as well as finishing 3rd in the A 800m (2mins 46.4secs) and equalling her 200m best with 2nd in the B string (31.3 secs). Isla Wooding won the B shot put with a new best of 5.73m and also hurdled superbly finishing 4th in the 70m hurdles in a new best of 14.2secs. The team of Naidu-Johnson, Busby, Jarvey and Wooding competed well for 2nd in the sprint relay clocking 59.1secs.
The under 11 boys did well setting five new bests. William Cleaver and Cyrus Ariana both ran new bests in the 600m. Cleaver was runner up in the A 600m clocking 2mins 1.9secs with Ariana winning the B event, also with a new best time of 2mins 2.4secs. There was a new best for Oliver Jarvey in the 60m, where he was 3rd in 11.8secs, with Cleaver winning the B event, equalling his best of 12.0secs. Jarvey was 5th in the A long jump with a new best of 3.39m with Cleaver winning the B string in his maiden long jump performance (3.38m). In the howler Jarvey was 4th in the A event (18.11m) with Ariana 4th in the B string (14.67m).
There were just two Bicester girls in the under 15 girl’s events. Georgia Bower was not far off her best finishing 5th in the 100m (13.6secs) as well as making her competitive debut at the 200m (29.9secs). Bower was also 4th in the A long jump with a leap of 3.97m. Bethany Wetton competed well in the high jump for 3rd place (1.30m) as well as finishing 5th in the 800m (3mins 33.8secs).
Katie Groves was Bicester’s sole under 17 competitor. Her best placing was in the under 17 woman’s shot where she was 2nd with a put of 7.89m. Groves also finished 3rd in the long jump (4.21m) and 4th in the high jump (1.30m).