There was a good turnout of Bicester AC athletes for last weekend’s Oxfordshire Track and Field Championships held at Horspath, which were combined with neighbouring county Buckinghamshire. Bicester won five Oxfordshire County gold medals, three of which were won by the Rayson brothers, as well as striking gold in the Bucks Championships.
Kyle Rayson excelled achieving a double first with a 4.55m leap in the under 15 boy’s long jump and a season’s best 13.19secs to win the 80m hurdles. He also made further progress in the 800m with a further personal best of 2mins 26.91secs for 6th. Not to be outdone, elder brother Samuel Rayson triumphed in the under 20 men’s high jump with a 1.75m clearance, some 5cms higher than teammate Ben Groves who was runner up with 1.70m. Groves had a busy afternoon finishing 3rd in the long jump (5.42m) as well as establishing a new best in the 400m (57.27secs). Groves also ran in both the sprints clocking 12.36secs in the 100m and 25.35secs in the 200m.
After her success of the previous weekend Olivia Naidu-Johnson enjoyed another successful weekend of athletics which was rounded off with a fine win in the under 13 girl’s long jump (3.92m) which was further than her previous best. She was also runner up in the 100m clocking 14.62secs, her first attempt at the distance. Both of her efforts were a smidgeon outside a national grade 4 mark. Bicester’s 5th Oxfordshire gold went to Finlay Haynes, who is enjoying a very good first year in the under 13 boy category. Haynes took the county shot gold medal with a new best putt of 5.48m. Haynes was also a fine 3rd in the javelin again throwing over 17m (17.04m) and also cleared 1m for 5th in the high jump.
Kyle McLeod was Bicester AC’s sole competitor in the Bucks County Championships, held in concert with the Oxfordshire event. McLeod was crowned boy’s under 15 100m champion running a new best of 13.45secs. He also set a new best with 3rd in the long jump (4.56m) and made it a trio of first three places with 3rd in the 200m and a big new best of 26.52secs.
Amber Busby maintained her fine start to the season with another impressive run in the 800m to take silver in the under 13 girl’s Oxfordshire event (2mins 48.02secs). George Weston was back under 11secs in the 100m with a season’s best 11.83secs in taking runner up spot in the Oxfordshire County’s under 20 men’s race and also ducked under the 24secs barrier for 4th in the 200m (23.98secs). And Emily Benfield also finished 2nd in the senior lady’s long jump with a leap of 4.46m.
Tabitha Bosley has started the track season strongly and she was not far off her best with 3rd place in the under 15 girl’s 1500m (5mins 32.15secs). She also threw well in the javelin for 4th place with a best recorded throw of 13.22m. Katie Groves also notched a 3rd place in the under 17 girl’s shot putt with 7.64m and also finished 4th in the discus (17.04m). Grace Jarvey was equal 3rd in the under13 girl’s long jump with a new best of 3.52m as well as lowering her best in the 100m with 4th place (14.81secs). And Jenny Critchley also ran into a top three placing with 3rd in the under 17 girl’s 800m (2mins 22.43secs).
Django La Porte has started the track season strongly. He set new personal bests in both of the under 17 men sprints clocking 12.79secs in the 100m for 4th place and 26.55secs in the 200m (for 5th) as well as leaping 4.58m in the long jump (for 4th). Lewie Harris has just come off a superb cross country season and used that to good effect in the under 15 boy’s 800m setting a new personal best of 2m 27.68secs for 8th. William Morris also performed well over the country and he came down in distance to clock 44.62secs for 5th in the under 15 boy’s 300m. Luke Whitmore set a new best in the under 13 boy’s 100m finishing 5th (11.70secs) as well as placing 7th in the long jump with a season’s best of 3.61m.
Bethany Wetton’s best placing was 5th in the under 15 girl’s high jump equalling her best of 1.25m. She was also close to her best in the 800m (3m 3.77secs) and placed 7th in the long jump (3.56m). Two athletes making their county championship debuts were Thomas Andrade and Zach Bradney. Andrade was 12th fastest in the under 13 boy’s 100m (15.58secs) and finished 8th in the long jump (3.54m). Bradney clocked 15.89secs in the under 13 boy’s 100m, in what was his track debut, and leapt 3.44 for 10th in the long jump.
Written by N Dolden