Five Bicester AC athletes contested last Wednesday’s Oxon and Bucks Midweek Open Track and Field meeting held at Horspath.
Thomas Styles made his first ever track appearance in the 1500 metres and faced 11 other competitors in his heat including younger brother Edward. As is normal with open graded meetings there was a mixture of age groups competing. Styles was not only the leading under 15 boy finisher but was first home in the race clocking 4mins 15.02secs which was over 8 seconds ahead of 2nd. Styles’s time only just fell short of the national grade 4 time for under 15 boys. Edward was also making his track debut and as an under 13 and was one of the youngest competitors. He produced a decent debut clocking (5mins 35.29secs) for 12th place particularly as he is towards the junior end of his age group.
Bicester’s under 13 girls were busy in the sprint and there was a superb new best for Yasmine Sheppard in the 200 metres. She finished 2nd in her heat clocking 30.37secs, a national grade 4 clocking and nearly a second ahead of her previous best set earlier in the season. It was also the fastest clocking by an under 13 on the night. Grace Jarvey was in a tough heat but still ran well for 8th and 30.56secs which was also a national grade 4 mark for under 13 girls. Both girls also contested the 100m being put in the same heat with Grace Jarvey 6th (14.61secs) and Yasmine Sheppard 8th (14.76secs).
Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah ran well again to finish 2nd in his heat of the 800 metres with 2mins 30.4secs, a national grade 4 under 13 boy’s clocking. He also made his hurdles debut in the 80m hurdles and performed well against older athletes for 4th and a 16.41secs clocking.