Bicester AC finished a commendable 4th out of the 8 competing teams in the first round of their Heart of England League track and field fixture held last Sunday in Worcester.  This included a win in the under 11 boy’s category as well as 3rd places in both the under 15 girl and boy categories.  This event saw some of Bicester’s best individual performances of the season so far including 9 A string wins, 34 new personal bests and 9 EA PB level performances of level 5 and above.

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah produced an outstanding win in the under 15 boy’s 800m to become the first Bicester athlete to achieve an EA PB level 8 performance, where level 9 is the highest, clocking a superb 2mins 6.5secs in the 800m.  Although not all of the weekend’s athletic results are yet available, based on the current UK under 15 boy rankings, Appiahkorang-Mensah’s performance ranks him 33rd nationally and 10th in the South East for 800m.  This performance is only 1.5secs away from a level 9 time and 1.3 secs away from the under 15 boy’s club record time.

Once again Appiahkorang-Mensah showed his versatility with a runner up spot in the shot and new best of 8.98m as well as 2nd place in the high jump (1.40m).

Django La Porte continues to get better and better in the sprints and produced the fastest ever time by a Bicester junior athlete of any age in winning the 100m in a new under 20 men’    s club record of 11.3secs.  Not content with one win La Porte made it a sprint double with a new best of 23.8secs in the 200m as well as finishing 2nd in the under 17/20 men’s long jump (5.25m).

William Cleaver had not competed in a competitive fixture for Bicester AC for over a year.  This did not stop him from producing a trio of wins and personal bests in the under 13 boy’s competition.  Best of these was probably his EA PB level 6 throw of 26.20m in the under 13 boy’s javelin which was the first 25 metre plus throw by a Bicester junior athlete from some years.  Cleaver added over a metre to his previous best distance in the shot with a winning putt of 6.74m.  Cleaver also won the high jump with a PB level 5 jump of 1.30m.

The under 11 boy’s team produced a superb collective performance to easily win their team competition.  Levi Fulcher was the only A string winner with another very good leap of 3.59m in the long jump.  There were two new bests for Charlie Simpson, who produced the fastest times of any Bicester athlete so far this season in the 75m and 600m with runner up spots in times of 11.4secs and 2mins 4.3secs respectively.  Bicester also enjoyed a very good howler competition with Theodore Simms finishing runner up in the A string with a big new best throw of 20.22m and Jacinto Christie winning the B string (19.36m).

There was a strong performance by the Bicester AC team in the under 15 girl’s competition.  Olivia Naidu-Johnson produced the one A string win in the 100 metres with a level 5 performance of 13.5secs as well as producing a new best in the high jump (1.30m).  Grace Jarvey was runner up in the A 200m with a level 6 time of 29.2secs as well as new bests in the high jump (1.25m) and javelin (10.40m).  Kate O Malley improved on her previous season’s effort in the 1500 metres finishing runner up (5mins 54.2secs).  Erin Griffiths ran in her first ever hurdles finishing 2nd in the 75m hurdles (15.1secs) as well as winning the B 1500 metres (6mins 17.6secs).  Grace Fulcher was 2nd in the B 100m with a new best of 15.4secs in the 100m as well as producing a new best of 3.42m in the long jump in finishing 4th in the A string.

Bicester had a single competitor in the under 17 women’s and under 13 girl’s competitions.  Georgia Bower produced another strong performance in the under 17 women’s long jump with her 2nd best ever leap of 4.87m which was an EA level 5 performance.  Bower set a new best of 6.86m in finishing 2nd in the shot putt as well as running 13.2secs for 2nd in the 100m.  Ruby Majonga was competing in her first ever under 13 competition and was a superb 2nd in the 100m with a PB level 5 clocking of 15.1secs.  Majonga also finished 3rd in her first ever 200m clocking 32.0secs.

In the under 13 boy’s competition Oliver Jarvey finished runner up in both of the sprints clocking 14.9secs in the 100m and 29.2secs in his first ever 200m.  Jarvey also produced a new personal best in finishing 3rd in the long jump (3.60m).  There was also a new best for Felix Cassidy who was 4th in the 800m (2mins 51.5secs).  Theo Cogan produced a trio of personal bests which included a massive new best in finishing 3rd in the under 15 boy’s long jump (3.84m).  Darragh Cassidy backed up his fine recent run in the Oxfordshire County Championships with a PB level 5 run of 4mins 46.0secs in the 1500 metres.

Hannah Parsons produced two new bests in both the under 11 girl’s 75m and 600m to go top of the Bicester season ranking for those distances.  Parsons finished 5th in the 600m clocking 2mins 12.9secs and filled the same position in the 75m with 12.5secs.  And there was a trio of new bests for Isabelle Bryan which included a 2mins 33.1secs in the 600m.