Bicester AC put up a spirited display in the final round of their recent division 3 Heart of England match held at Daventry finishing a superb 4th of the 8 competing teams with a final league position of 4th after the three events. However, Bicester led the way in the under 15 girl and under 17 men’s final standings and were only two points away from being the leading team in the under 11 boy standings. On the day Bicester’s athletes achieved an impressive 30 new personal bests, 11 individual A sting wins and a new club record.
Bicester were the highest scorers in the under 11 boy’s event. The cornerstone of their success was an impressive trio of personal bests from Zach O Regan. O Regan produced one of the longest throws in recent years from a Bicester athlete in winning the howler with a monster throw of 38.8 metres with teammate Oliver Jarvey winning the B string with a new best of 28.57m. O Regan also officially broke 2 mins for the first time in finishing 2nd in the 600m with a new best time 1mins 57.7secs. Charlie Simpson also set a new best in winning the B 600m (2mins 7.0secs). And O Regan also set a new best of 3.36m in the long jump in taking 3rd. Jarvey was also in personal best form setting a new mark in winning the 75m (11.3secs) with teammate Charlie Simpson setting a new best in the B event (11.8secs) where he finished 3rd. O Regan and Jarvey combined with Hannah Parsons and Emelia Beadle for 2nd in the mixed 4 by 100m relay with 65.9secs.
Naoim Ejiogu ran a superb 12.8secs in finishing 2nd in the A 100m breaking the under 17 women’s club record which she had previously held with two others. Her time was also a national grade 3 and EA level 6 clocking. Teammate Bethany Wetton ran a season’s best in placing 3rd in the B event (16.0secs). Ejiogu produced her best long jump performance of the season to win the under 17 women’s event with a national grade 4 and EA 5 level leap of 4.89m which was just 3cm shy of her lifetime best with teammate Wetton placing 3rd in the B event in a season’s best of 3.43m. Ejiogu also took the shot with a persona best putt of 7.41m.
Django La Porte continued his rich vein of form as he produced a trio of wins in the under 17 men’s event. He ran another sub 12 second clocking to win the 100m in 11.7secs which was a national grade 4 and EA level 6 mark. LA Porte made it a sprint double to take the 200m (24.4secs) and produced a new best ever leap of 5.43m to take the long jump. Also, in the under 17 men’s events there was a trio of bests for Benjamin Shangkuan which included a win the B 100 metres with 13.1 secs, 2nd in the B 200 metres (26.9secs) and 3rd in the 400m A event (63.3secs).
There were some impressive performances from Bicester’s under 15 girl’s team. There was a double first for Bicester in the long jump where Grace Jarvey, continued her improvement in this event, with a winning new personal best leap of 4.18m. Teammate Angelica Bird completed the double winning the B event (4.11m). Jarvey also broke the 29 seconds barrier for the first time in the 200 m with 4th and an EA level 6 clocking of 28.9secs. Geogia Bower was just one tenth of a second outside her best for the 100m finishing 2nd with a national grade 4 and EA level 6 clocking of 12.3secs. Bower also took 2nd places in the high jump (1.31m) and shot putt (6.38m), And Kate O Malley stormed to the top of 2023 Bicester female rankings with new bests in the 800m (2mins 53.3secs), where she finished 2nd and 4th in the 300m (54.1secs).
Finley Holliday made a sparkling debut for Bicester AC producing two national graded efforts in his first ever competitive athletic competition. Holliday won the under 13 boy’s A 200 metres with a national grade 4 and EA level 5 clocking of 28.1secs. Finlay Harrell completed a double first for Bicester in this event with a new best ever clocking of 31.7secs for a win in the B event. Holliday also won the long jump with a leap of 4.23m which was also a national grade 4 and EA level 5 mark. Teammate Kayden Curtis set a new best of 3.68m in finishing 3rd in the B event. The team of Holliday, Harrell and Curtis then combined with Cameron Waters to win the 4 by 100 metre relay (61.5secs). Curtis improved his best in the 100 metres taking 4th in the 100m (14.7secs) as well as setting a new best in the discus (13.47m) in finishing 4th. Cameron Waters set a new best in the shot improving to 5.89m for 3rd with Finlay Harell winning the B event (5.17m) in his first ever shot putt competition.
George Hart and Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah finished within a second of each other as they both set new bests in the under 15 boy’s 1500 metres. Hart continued his upward trajectory of form with 2nd in the A 1500 metres (4mins 46.4sec). Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah won the B event clocking 4mins 47.2secs). Hart’s other efforts included a 4th in the 200m in a personal best 28.4secs. And Appiahkorng-Mensah was 3rd in both the long jump (4.67m) and shot (6.42m).
Ruby Majonga produced the fastest time by a Bicester female athlete in finishing a superb 2nd out of the 8 competing athletes in the under 11 girl’s 75m with 11.7secs in what was only her 2nd ever competition. Majonga also produced a good effort in the long jump with a personal best leap of 3.12m for 5th. There were also personal bests
for Anna O Meara in the 600m (2mins 20.2secs), and Hannah Parsons in both the 75m (12.9secs) and long jump (2.35m). Alyssa Shangkuan was Bicester’s sole competitor in the under 13 events in her first track and field competition with efforts that included a 6th place in the 100m (15.9secs) and 4th in the discus (11.56m).