Megan Davies

The curtain was brought down on the Oxford Junior Track and Field League last Saturday at Horspath. With two events on the same weekend Bicester Athletics Club were stretched in terms of numbers.

Thankfully this did not extend to the U9s and Bicester AC rounded off the season with a magnificent double triumph winning both the boys and girls overall titles.

For the girls Lauren Garside has been in imperious form and for the third time this season she triumphed in the overall competition. The cornerstone of her success was in the 75 metres and long jump where she was the top performer with 12.73 secs and 2.98 metres respectively.

Amy Gould has been unbeateable in the 600 metres and once again she was fastest over that distance with 2mins 24.3 secs which helped her to 3rd overall. They were both ably supported by Holly Hunter who was fourth overall with Daisy Newton completing the team.

William Sims has been equally dominant in the boy’s event and he produced the furthest long jump (3.38m). Sims was ably supported by debutant Josiah Edwards-Giraud who was runner-up overall but the fastest 75 metre runner on the day with 12.4secs.

Tom Couzens was overall second in a very competitive U11 event and produced highly placed efforts in both the long jump (3.56 metres) and 600 metres (3mins 5.2secs). Orlaith Lyofrd was best placed among the U11 girls finishing in 13th overall.

Best of the rest was the excellent team effort of the U17 men who were second overall in the final standings in the team competition. Edward Burgess continued his fine vein of form with another win in the 100 metre hurdles in 14.20 secs and he followed this up with second place in a very competitive long jump with a leap of 5.27 metres. The U17s also enjoyed good success in the field events with Antony Tracoskas second in the shot and discus, with Luke Woodley a winner in the B string shot.

In the U15 event Jonah Sweeney produced an excellent season’s best and national grade 3 effort 12.27secs in winning the U15 80 metre hurdles. Cameron Murray produced a fine season’s best in the discus placing second with a throw of 21.03 metres and followed up with a fine third in the 200 metres in a swift 26.46 secs as well as finishing 2nd in the B string long jump with 4.94 metres. Mark Smith came down in distance to win the B string 200 metres (26.61 secs) and was only just outside his personal best in the long jump taking second with a leap of 4.94 metres.

Amy Olah ran one of her best 75 metres hurdles of the season as she took third in the U15 event with a 14.89 secs clocking. Olah was also in fine form in the discus as he grabbed runner-up spot with 14.88 metres. She was ably supported by one of the most improved throwers in the club, Jess Cherry, who took second in the B string discus with 14.45 metres as well as finishing second in the shot (6.95 metres) and winning the B string 200 metres.

Megan Davies enjoyed one of her best competitions in the U17 discus as she took the runner-up spot with a throw just 3cms shy of the 30 metre mark. Kathyrn Langley continues to impress in the 70 metre hurdles and ran a season’s best 13.55 secs to take third place. Rhiannon Penfold was third in a very competitive 100 metres (15.09 secs) and Emily Benfield again jumped well to take second spot in the U15 girl’s long jump with 4.18 metres.