The first round of the Oxfordshire Junior League took place last weekend at Tilsley Park. There was a spirited effort from Bicester AC which resulted in a satisfactory mid table performance in Round 1. The club were emboldened by several athletes covering unfamiliar events.
The high jump has not been not been particularly fertile ground for success over the years but Sunday was groundhog day for Bicester in this event. None performed better than Nerissa Starrett, who has taken time out of the sport but produced a magnificent leap of 1.45 metres which equalled the long standing U17 Girls high jump club record that has stood since 1996. Other high jumpers in form included U13 Girls Alice Daniel and Paige Scarlett, who were third and second in their respective strings, and Ben West who won the U13 Boy’s B string high jump.
Holly Griffiths Brown, is in her first season as an U13 Girl, but shaped with real promise in the 800 metres. Brown was a superb 2nd in the A string event and her time of 2mins 44.2 secs was faster than any Bicester girl managed in the whole of last season. Griffiths Brown also showed her versatility by taking the B long jump with a leap of 3.49m. Alice Daniel was 3rd in the A string leaping 3.73m, some 23cms further than her best 2012 effort.
In contrast to the high jump the long jump has been one of Bicester’s most successful events over the years. And if this first event is anything to go by then Connor Wilce looks likely to maintain this tradition. Wilce was one of the few Bicester A string winners on Sunday, and not only did his leap of 5.19m win the U15 Boy’s competition, but it was 60cm further than his previous best. He was ably supported in this event by brother Zac who also set a personal best leap of 4.26cms finishing 2nd in the B string. Connor Wilce was also in impressive form in the A shot putt (2nd in 8.27m) ably supported by Alex Jack who was runner up in the B event (7.92m).
The quad competition for U11s and U9s has been an immensely successful completion for Bicester athletes over the years. And Bicester look as if they have unearthed another gem in the shape of Hayden Durrant who was an overall 4th in the U11 Boy’s event. However this masked what were some outstanding individual performances in the numerically strong U11 age group. Outstanding amongst his efforts was his 11.6 clocking for 75metres, which was the fastest time of the day, as well as highly placed efforts in both the long jump (3.73m) and 33.97m in the howler.
And Michale Cadle was equally proficient in the U9 competition finishing an excellent 2nd overall which included a very good 600 metre run (2mins 19secs).
Bicester’s other double first of the day was in the javelin where Lucy Stowell took the U13 girl’s A string (12.37m) and Jennie Procter the B string (8.50m).