Bicester AC’s athletes competed superbly in last Sunday’s first round of their division 3 Heart of England League match held at Nuneaton.  They finished in overall 2nd place out of the 8 competing teams just 30 points behind competition winners Amber Valley.  Bicester had the leading under 17 men’s and women’s team as well as the leading under 15 girl’s team.  The performance was made even more meritorious given that Bicester had only two competing athletes in the under 13 age group, two athletes in the under 15 boy’s competition and one athlete in the under 11 girl’s competition.  Bicester’s athletes set nearly 30 personal bests on the day.

Bicester’s under 15 girl’s team were exceptional recording a top two finish in every event they competed in which included a new club record in the 4 by 100 metre relay.  The quartet of Georgia Bower, Yasmine Sheppard, Grace Jarvey and Olivia Naidu Johnson ran the fastest relay time by any Bicester female quartet as they stormed to victory in 54.8secs.  The quarter also produced a string of impressive performances in their individual events spearheaded by a superb win in the long jump by Georgia Bower as she leapt to a new best of 4.48m with Yasmine Sheppard taking the B event (3.68m).  Bower then added the 100m (13.4secs) with teammate Olivia Naidu-Johnson taking the B string (14.4secs) as well as finishing runner up in the discus (13.5m) with teammate Grace Jarvey taking the B string (new best of 11.20m).  Naidu-Johnson was an impressive winner in the high jump posting a new best of 1.28m with teammate Kate O Malley taking the B event in her first ever high jump competition (1.19m).  O Malley also won the 1,500 metres in a new best time of 6mins 12.0secs.  Grace Jarvey finished a good 2nd in the 200m (29.4secs) with teammate Sheppard runner up in the B race (new best of 30.3secs).

Bicester’s under 17 men were in impressive form finishing with a total of 5 A string wins.  Bicester enjoyed a double first in the sprint events with Django La Porte taking the A 100 metres (12.2secs) and 200 metres (24.9secs) and Robson Matthews the B 100 metres (a new best time of 13.5secs ) and 200 metres (28.4secs).  La Porte also finished runner up in the discus with a new best throw of 16.85m with teammate Benjamin Shangkuan throwing 13.51m for 2nd in the B string in his first ever track and field competition for the club.  Kyle Rayson clocked another sub 16secs time in winning the 100m hurdles (15.7secs) and doubled up his wins in the shot (7.93m).   There was new best for Owen Stocker in the 400m as he ducked under 60 secs for the first time in finishing 3rd (59.4secs).  La Porte, Rayson, Matthews and Shangkuan combined to win the 4 by 100 metre relay (50.2secs).

Although Bicester had only two athletes in the under 17 women’s competition they still finished as the leading point scorers.  There was a trio of wins for Naomi Ejiogu with a new best in the shot (8.33m).  Ejiogu also won the 100m (13.20secs) and there was a double first for Bicester in the long jump with Ejiogu winning the A event (4.44m) and Bethany Wetton taking the B string (3.18m).  Wetton also ran a season’s best in the 800m (3mins 6.1secs) finishing runner up.

George Hart won his first ever track race in Bicester colours in the under 15 boy’s 1500 metres with another superb best (4mins 49.8secs).  This is over 30 seconds faster than his best from least season.  Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah also ran a new best in the same event in winning the B event with his first ever sub 5 minute clocking in what was only his second attempt at the distance (4mins 55.2secs).  Appiahkorang- Mensah’s other efforts included his 2nd best long jump of the season as he posted 4.48m for runner up spot.

There was good performance from Bicester under 11 boys as they posted the 2nd highest points total.  Oliver Jarvey continued his fine start to the season with a win in the 75m (11.8secs).  He also produced his best ever howler throw in 3rd place (25.72m).  Charlie Simpson was 3rd in the 600m with a new best time of 2mins 13.2secs.  And Ivan Stocker competed in his first ever track and field competition and his efforts included a 2nd in the B long jump (2.15m).  Hannah Parson was Bicester’s only representative in the under 11 girl’s competition but she was rewarded with three new bests in the 600m (2mins 20.0secs), howler (12.17m) and 75m (13.5secs).

There were two Bicester athletes in the under 13 boy’s event.  Kayden Curtis was making his Bicester track and field debut and had a good meeting.  Curtis was a good 4th in a very competitive 100m clocking 15.5secs and also performed well in the long jump where he finished 3rd (3.56m).  Finlay Harrell jumped to a new best in the long jump for 4th in the B event (2.96m) and also finished 2nd in the B 200m (34.3secs).