Bicester AC hosted the recently held final round of the Winter Long Oxfordshire Sportshall competition.  The host club enjoyed another very successful day’s competition which spawned a number of seasonal individual awards awarded in conjunction with the final round’s competition.  It was also a successful day for Bicester AC in the respective age group team competitions.  Bicester were the leading team in both the boy and girl under 13 competitions.  Bicester AC was also the leading team on the day in both the girls under 11 and boy’s under 15 competitions.    

The above results were combined with the results in the other 4 competition to give the final overall standings.  Bicester AC was the dominant team in both the under 13 and under 13 girl’s competition and also won the combined trophy for this age group.  There was further success in the under 15 boy’s competition with Bicester running out easy winners but the under 15 girls just lost out in a close-run battle with Witney.  Both the under 11 boys and under 11 girls finished runner ups in their respective team competitions but when the scores were combined this equated to a final combined 3rd place.

There was a good mixture of new and experienced athletes amongst the individual series awards, given to the top three performing athletes in each age group.  In the under 13 boy’s competition the gold and silver medals went to two athletes competing in their first sportshall seasons.  Gold went to Lincoln Jones who has been unstoppable throughout the season in the vertical jump and two lap competitions.  Jones was again in fine fettle in the final round with wins in the vertical jump, two lap race and standing triple jump.  Overall silver went to Earlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah who has been dominant in the 4 lap race.  Not only did he win the final round heat very easily but was just one tenth of a second off the league record, for the Bicester venue 4 lap race.  Just for good measure Jones and Appiahkorang-Mensah combined with Kyle McLeod and Max Finnegan to set a new league record for the Bicester venue under 13 boy’s 2 lap relay.  Henry Unger also competed for Bicester on the day.

Other Bicester AC individual winners were athletes who have competed for the club from a young age.  Bicester collected a clean sweep of medals in the overall under 15 boy’s competition.  Django La Porte was literally on fire in the final day winning the two-lap race in a titanic battle with teammate Kyle Rayson as well as producing a massive 86 bounces to win the speed bounce.  Rayson did get his nose in front in the standing triple jump beating La Porte by 1 cm.  However, it was La Porte who triumphed in the overall competition with Rayson picking up silver and Robson Matthews the bronze.  Ethan Lock also competed for Bicester in the final round.

Kristin Senior has enjoyed a very successful season and was rewarded with overall silver medal in the final under 15 girl standings.  Senior was in dominant form in the final round with a commanding performance in the 2 lap event winning by over a second.  She was also equal first in the standing vertical jump with 55cm.  Bicester did beat the overall team winners in the relay.  Other Bicester competitors in action in the final round competition were Katie Groves, Naomi Ejogu, Bethany Wetton and Freya Derry.

Bicester AC’s Georgia Bower won the overall silver medal in the under 13 girl’s competition.  There was another strong performance from the under 13 girl’s team as a whole on the day.  Bower finished in front of 11 girl athletes to take the standing triple jump with a jump of 6.18m.  Olivia Nadou Johnson was in brilliant form producing the joint equal fastest time in the 2 lap event as well as producing the longest putt to win the shot competition.  Bicester’s under 13 girl’s team were in dominant form in the relays winning the obstacle race, the 8 lap paarlauf and the 4 by 2 laps relay.  Bicester’s other under 13 girls on the day were Grace Jarvey, Yasmine Sheppard, Daria Hudson, Amber Busby and Isla Wooding.

Bicester’s under 11 boy and girls’ teams found the competition harder during the season but the girls came good in the final round with a heard earned victory over Witney.  Mia Considine and Meriel Woodrow impressed in the one lap race producing the equal 2nd fastest time out of the 25 athletes taking part.  Lily Childs was the star turn in the speed bounce beating 22 others with 55 bounces.  Teammate Mia Considine was in joint 2nd just one bounce behind.  Mia Considine was also the fastest athlete in the three lap event.  And Isla Roberts finished joint first in the chest push competition.  Bicester also won both the obstacle and 4 by 1 lap relays.  Other Bicester competitors included Olivia Neptune, Emelia Lennon, Liv Babister, Isla Considine, Chloe Rand and Noran Amin.

Bicester’s under 11 boy’s team were 2nd in a closely fought contest with Oxford and Witney.  Bicester’s best competition was the chest push where Bicester athletes achieved the top two marks.  Finlay Haynes enjoyed a dominant competition with a winning push of 7 metres.  William Cleaver produced the second best push with a mark of 5.89m.  Bicester also won the obstacle relay.  Other Bicester athletes included Oliver Jarvey, Emmerson McAndrew-Uren, Cyrus Ariana and Mufarowashe Zhande,   

Written by N Dolden