There was a good turnout of Bicester AC athletes in the first round of the Oxfordshire Junior league held on 15 April.  There was a particularly strong turnout in the under 13 girl’s competition which was epitomised by several strong performances in the B events as well as the 4 by 100 metres relay.  In the latter Bicester finished 2nd in a very strong heat clocking 61.5secs.  The team of Katie Groves, Holly Offord, Ines Page- Thompson and Isla Bohannon were not far off the club record.  All of these athletes enjoyed a successful afternoon in their respective individual events.

Isla Bohannon produced two excellent runs in the sprint events placing 2nd in a very competitive 100 metres and equalling her personal best of 14.9 secs and winning the B 200 metres (32.1secs).  Holly Offord set a new personal best in the long jump (3.73m) finishing 3rd and was 6th in the A 200 metres (32.9secs).  Innes Page-Thompson set two new personal bests in the 800 metres (2mins 49.2secs) where she was 3rd and the high jump (1.25m) where she placed 2nd.  And Katie Groves won the B string long jump (3.42m) and finished 5th in the B 100 metres (16.5s) and 4th in the B shot putt (4.36m)  Anna Couzens was also amongst the under 13 girl’s Bs string winners taking the high jump with a leap of 1.20m which was also a personal best.

A string wins are always hard to come by in this competitive of leagues but Bicester managed two in the under 15 girl’s events.  Amelia Cox, fresh from her successes in cross country over the Winter, set a fantastic new personal best in winning the 1500 metres (5mins 18.1secs).  And her success did not stop there as she produced one of her best javelin throws for some time in taking the B string (18.13m).  Amber Parker was Bicester’s A string competitor in this event finishing 4th with 18.21m but Parker enjoyed better luck in the shot putt which she won with 8.40m and the discus where she was 2nd with 15.68m.

One of the best male performers on the day was under 13 thrower Jacob Gough who came away with three new personal bests. Best of these was in the shot where he was 2nd (6.21m) but Gough was also 3rd in the javelin (18.95m) and 4th in the discus (14.09m). Callum Hewett performed well in the sprints as he took third places in the under 15 boy’s 100 and 200 metres with 13.2secs and 28secs respectively as well as setting a new personal best in the shot (6.46m).  Bicester were strong in the under 15 boy’s jump events with Ben Groves taking 2nd in the high jump (1.40m) supported by Michael Cadle who jumped to a new personal best in winning the B event (1.35m).  Groves also took 3rd place in the Long Jump (4.18m) with Samuel Rayson 2nd in the B string (4.05m).

The under 17 girls fielded quite a strong team and they were rewarded with some fine performances.  Rushani Arumugham enjoyed a successful afternoon’s competition with a competitive 3rd in the Long Jump (4.61m) as well as 4th in the 100 metres (14.4secs).  Arumugham did however take the B 300 metres with a new personal best clocking of 46.7secs.  Tia Brown was also amongst the B string winners as she took the 100 metres with a 14.1secs clocking.  And Ebony Rose Lennon set two new personal bests in the javelin (10.35m) and 800 metres (3mins 13.9secs).

Jamil Welham produced one of the best under 17 male performances on the day with 2nd place in the 200 metres (25.3secs).  He was supported by Thomas Kavanagh who was 3rd in the B event with a new personal best clocking of 28.8secs and was just outside his best in the 800 metres where he was 3rd in the A event (2mins 34secs).

The under 13 boys did manage two wins in the B strings with Kian Brown taking the discus (10.78m) and Oliver Webb the high jump (1.05m).

Bicester had a good contingent of athletes in both the under 11 boy and girl competitions.  Kyle Rayson placed 8th out of the 48 competitors with Isabella Webb achieving Bicester’s best placing in the under 11 girl’s competition with 18th.

Written by N Dolden