Bicester AC had 5 athletes at last Wednesday’s Oxon and Bucks Midweek Open held at Horspath. All came away with at least one personal best and three of the quintet achieved national graded performances.
Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah’s first season in track and field continues to get better and better and he again lowered his 800 metre best with a superb 2nd place in his heat of 800 clocking a superb 2mins 25.84secs. Appiahkorang-Mensah is fast closing in on the under 13 boy’s club record which has stood since 2010. He is now 15th in the under 13 boy’s South East rankings for 800m and his time was a national grade 3 effort and only just fell short of the national 2 mark.
Three of the quartet who broke the under 13 girl’s sprint relay club record over the weekend contested the 100m. All came away with new personal bests. Grace Jarvey achieved the fastest clocking finishing 2nd in her heat with 14.20 secs which was not only a personal best but a national grade 4 clocking. Jarvey also contested her first ever 800m and did well to clock 3mins 4.35secs.
Yasmine Sheppard was not part of the club record quartet, but she was running her first 100m of the season and was over 4 tenths of a second inside her previous best as she finished 4th in her heat of the 100m clocking 14.48secs which was also a national grade 4 time.
There were also personal bests in the 100m for the other two members of the under 13 girls club record sprint relay quartet. Earlier in the year both Amber Busby and Isla Wooding competed in the national cross country championships. Busby knocked over a second off her previous best in finishing 2nd in her 100m heat clocking 14.68secs. She also contested her 10th 800m of the season and for the ninth time ducked inside the 2mins 50secs mark clocking 2mins 46.93secs. Isla Wooding shaved a further tenth of her 100m best with 14.89secs. She also took on older athletes in the under girl’s 75m hurdles and did well to finish 3rd in a new best time of 15.97secs.