There was one final hurrah for Bicester’s track and field athletes at the last Oxon and Bucks midweek open meeting of the year held last Wednesday at Horspath. Georgia Bower managed to edge a national grade 3 standard in the under 15 girl’s long jump with a new best of 4.77m which was also an EA level 7 performance and is the leading mark in the Oxfordshire under 15 girl rankings for long jump. Bower finished 3rd in the open event, a mixed competition open to all ages with Bicester’s Emily finishing 8th in the same event (4.14m).
The 800m was like a Bicester fest with no less than 8 Bicester athletes competing on the night that produced three Bicester AC heat victories and six new bests. Owen Stocker was placed in one of the faster races, heat 2, and did well to finish 3rd clocking 2mins 10.75secs, not too far away from his best. Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah saved his best 800m effort for this meeting as he placed 3rd in heat 3 with a new best and under 15 boy’s national grade 4 standard time of 2mins 15.90secs.
There were three Bicester athletes in heat 4 and Noah Gulvin emerged triumphant in what was his first run over 800m for two seasons knocking 10secs off his previous best with 2mins 14.95secs. George Hart, who has performed superbly during the summer season, finished 3rd in his debut run over 800m with a good clocking of 2mins 18.62secs. And Anna Jolliffe ran the fastest 800m time by a Bicester female this season finishing 8th with 2mins 36.02secs.
Ben Groves continues to impress over the longer distances and he ran a big new best in winning heat 5 in 2mins 12.92secs, over 14secs faster than his previous best. Isaac Moran, who was making his debut in a competitive 800m, was 4th in 2mins 25.91secs. And Issac’s twin brother Joshua recorded Bicester’s third 800m win of the night in heat 6 with a 2mins 26.41secs clocking, over 12secs faster than his previous best. There were no bests for Naoimi Ejiogu on the night as she placed 2nd in heat 4 of the 100m with a national grade 4 and EA level time of 12.91secs but she remains at the head of the Oxfordshire under 17 100m women standings. Georgia Bower was also outside of her best in the same heat finishing 6th in 13.67secs. Django La Porte ran a rare 12secs plus time in the short sprint as he finished 8th in the quickest heat with 12.06secs. Grace Jarvey was Bicester’s other 100m finisher placing 3rd in heat 7 (14.26secs). Jarvey has enjoyed a good season in the sprints and she was Bicester’s only finisher in the 200m where she placed 4th in heat 5 clocking 29.34secs.