It was a case of quality over quantity again at Bicester AC’s Sunday Heart of England Division 3 fixture held at Daventry.  Despite having only 10 athletes to cover 6 age groups from under 13 and above the team managed 5th place in no small part helped by another strong performance from the under 11 boys who won their team competition again.  However this was a record day for club records being broken with no less than four records falling.

Compulsive record breaker Django La Porte completed a spectacular win double in the sprints to be become the fastest Bicester junior athlete in history.  La Porte took his 100m EA PB level to 7 with his win in the 100m and knocked a further tenth of a second off his own under 20 men’s 100m record.  La Porte also set a big new best in the 200m with a win and a 23.00secs clocking which was a new under 20 men’s club record and the fastest ever by any junior Bicester athlete.  La Porte also leapt to 5.26m for 3rd place in the A string long jump with teammate Benjamin Shangkuan setting a new best of 4.81m in finishing 3rd in the B event.

Georgia Bower was Bicester’s sole competitor in the under 17 woman’s competition and she recorded two new bests with wins in the long jump and the shot putt.  Her victory in the long jump represented something of a landmark as she not only leapt over 5 metres for the first time but produced the best ever jump by a Bicester female junior with her distance eclipsing the old under women’s record of 5 metres which had stood since 2005.  Her winning leap of 5.03m was her first level 6 mark in the under 17 age group.  Bower also went over 7 metres in winning the shot with a putt of 7.02m.

Cyrus Ariana enjoyed his best ever track and field competition winning all three of the under 13 boy’s events he competed in.  Most striking was Ariana’s win in the 800m, which not only represented a massive new best, but also broke the existing under 13 boy’s 800m of 2mins 24.47secs which had stood since 2010.  Ariana’s time of 2mins 24.2secs was his first EA PB level 6 performance.  Ariana also added a further 19cms to his previous best height in the high jump with a winning leap of 1.29m and smashed his previous best 200m time with a win in the B 200m and another grade 6 time of 27.6secs.  His teammate Finley Harrell was also in personal best form finishing 2nd in the A 100m with 14.9secs.  He also took runner up spot in the long jump with 3.30m

The Bicester under 11 boy’s team again excelled themselves with some strong individual performances which collectively added up to their 2nd Heart of England team win of the season. There was a superlative long jump win double with Levi Fulcher jumping to a new best of 3.67m to take the A event with Charlie Simpson winning the B string (3.56m).  Simpson also equalled his 600m best in finishing 3rd in the A event (2mins 4.3secs) with Theodore Simms setting a new best in finishing 4th in the B event (2mins 19.0secs).  And Jacino Christie threw well for 20.47m for 3rd place in the Howler. 

There were just two girls covering the under 13 events but all of their performances were personal bests.  Ruby Majonga confirmed her promise with strong efforts in the sprints and jumps.  Majonga lowered her 100m best still further finishing 2nd in an EA PB level 5 time of 15.0secs.  She also set a new best of 3.26m in finishing 3rd in the A long jump as well as jumping a promising 1.15m in her first ever at high jump for 3rd place.  Megan Surman continued her progress at 800m with another improvement finishing 3rd in 2mins 53.1secs as well as achieving new bests in the 200m (33.3secs) and long jump (3.04m).

Bicester had three athletes in the under 15 girl’s competition.  Kate O’ Malley achieved their highest position in the 1500 metres with a season’s best time of 5mins 52.9secs with Erin Griffiths 3rd in the B event with a new best of 6mins 00.3secs.  Griffiths also earned new bests in the long jump (3.98m) where she finished 4th and the 300m (54.1secs).  There was also a new best for Grace Fulcher in the shot putt (5.43m) where she finished 4th.

The Bicester under 11 girls produced some good individual performances in their competition.  Hannah Parsons continue to make stealthy progress in the 800m clocking a new best of 2mins 8.3ecs for 5th in the A event.  And there was a big new best for Olivia Maxwell, who produced her best ever clocking of 2mins 12.3secs for 2nd place in the B string.  Ottilie Maclean is still an under 9, which means she is given years away to most of her rivals, and she performed well for 4th place in the howler (10.87m).