Bicester AC were involved in a double header over the weekend where the first of two track and field meetings took place on Saturday. Bicester were up against 6 other team in their division 3 Heart of England match held in Redditch. Several of the Bicester athletes were due to compete in the Oxfordshire League the following day.
Jenny Critchley achieved a trio of national graded efforts in an impressive afternoon of middle distance running. She dominated in both the under 17 women 800m and 1500m races with emphatic wins in 2mins 21.7secs and 4mins 56.2secs. Both wins were close to her personal bests, noteworthy given the ease of her victories. Critchley was also 3rd in what was a competitive 300m (44.10secs).
Lincoln Jones made his competitive track and field debut and produced some very impressive debut marks particularly being at the junior end of his age group. He was just 4cm short of winning the long jump but produced a superb 4.71m leap for 2nd in the under 15 boy’s A string. Teammate Robson Matthews won the B string (4.63m). Jones also finished 4th in the 100m(13.3secs) and then took 3rd in the 300m with a good 42.9secs clocking. Matthews also threw 18.74m in the javelin for 3rd (an improvement of over 10m on his previous best) as well as knocking 0.7 secs off his previous 200m best in finishing 5th (28.8secs).
The Bicester combination of Grace Jarvey and Amber Busby were in impressive form in the under 13 girl’s 200m. Jarvey was a very competitive 2nd in the A event (31.10secs) whilst Busby knocked a second off her previous best in winning the B string (31.30secs). Busby also finished 4th in what is probably her more specialised event, the 800m, just outside her personal best (2mins 46.3secs). Jarvey also finished 2nd in a very competitive 100m (14.90secs) as well leaping a new best in the long jump (3.38m).
Charlotte Kavanagh and Katie Groves were Bicester’s other under 17 lady competitors. Groves produced a season’s best in finishing 2nd in the shot (8.12m) as well as finishing 4th in the high jump (1.30m). Kavanagh produced a superb leap of 4.40m to finish 2nd in the long jump whilst Groves was 2nd in the B event (4.20m). Kavanagh also finished 6th in the 100m (14.2secs).
Bicester had 4 athletes in the quad events, all of whom were making their track and field debut. William Cleaver threw a good 25.65m in the under 11 boy’s howler (25.65) for 3rd with Luke Ham placing 3rd in the B event (16.85m). Bicester’s other two competitors were also 3rd in their respective strings of the Long jump with Joshua Bird leaping a useful looking 3m with Oliver Jarvey not far behind with 2.87m. Cleaver competed well in the 600m for 4th in the A event (2mins 2.7secs) whilst Jarvey was 3rd in the B string (2mins 11.3secs). Jarvey was also a close up 2nd in the 75m (123secs) with Bird 4th in the B event (14.0secs). Stanley Critchley competed very well in the under 15 sprint events setting two new personal bests. He knocked over 3 secs off his 100m best with 4th in the B event (15.2secs) and set a new best in the 200m where he was 3rd in the B string (31.1secs). Critchley also set a new personal best in the shot placing 3rd with a 5.54m putt. And Jack Ham flew the Bicester flag in the under 13 boy events competing a in a trio of events which included the 75m hurdles where he was 2nd (17.2secs), the long jump (2.80m) and the 100m (16.8secs).
Written by N Dolden