Bicester AC contested what was a very competitive final heat of their Oxfordshire Junior League match held last Sunday at Tilsley Park, Abingdon.  The hot conditions made it very tricky for competitors in the distance events.  There were 5 A string wins for Bicester athletes however Bicester’s most notable win on the day came in the quad competition for under 11 athletes.

Bicester AC’s Zach O Regan produced one of the best ever performances by a Bicester athlete in a quad competition with a superb overall win in the 60 strong under 11 boy’s competition.  The quad competition comprises four events, 75 metres, 600 metres, long jump and vortex which every athlete has to compete in.  O Regan produced a massive haul of 249 points, 7 points ahead of his nearest rival from Radley and 49 points more than he achieved in round 1 when finishing 5th.  Quite apart from producing either the Bicester best or equal best performance in every event, he produced the longest vortex throw of any competitor with a superb effort of 42.04m to become the first ever Bicester under 11 to throw over 40m and in the process breaking a long standing club record.  O Regan also set a new best in the 75m clocking 11.7secs and came out on top in his heat of the 600m where he came from last to first (2mins 1.4secs).  There was a best for Oliver Jarvey in the vortex as he threw over 30m for the first time (30.29m) which helped him secure an overall points score of 205 for 14th place.  Other Bicester placings included Ralph Saunders who was 53rd, but he only contested only three of the events, Sam Wilson 54th and Brendan Kelly 55th which included a new best in the vortex of 21.73m.  Oliver Kelly competed in his first ever quad competition and did well to finish 24th in the under 9 boy’s competition.   

Bicester’s under 15 girls put in a competitive showing with the highlight of their efforts a superb win by Georgia Bower in a competitive long jump with a new personal best distance of 4.72m which just fell short of a national grade 3 standard but was an EA level 6 performance.  Teammate Grace Jarvey was 3rd in the B event with 4.10m.  Bower was also a superb 2nd in the A 100m(13.5secs) with teammate Jarvey 3rd in the B event (14.2secs).  Given the hot conditions Kate O Malley produced a superb run in the under 15 girl’s 1500m to finish 2nd in the A event and knocked 14 secs off her previous best in the process (5mins 40.6secs).  Jess Shepherd competed her first ever 1500m to take 2nd in the B string (6mins 49.5secs) and also cleared 1.10m in her first ever high jump for 4th in the B string with teammate Bower placing 4th in the A event (1.30m).  And Lily Spencer, in only her 2nd ever track and field competition, putted a promising 5 metres in the shot for 4th.

Two of Bicester’s A string wins came from Naomi Ejiogu in the under17 women’s competition.  Ejiogu produced her best ever shot putt with first place and a new best of 8.69m with teammate Bethany Wetton 2nd in the B string just short of her best (4.77m).  Ejiogu’s other win came in the 100m (13.5secs).  Kyle Rayson was Bicester’s only A string winner in the under 17 men’s competition equalling his best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.60m.  Rayson also produced a best ever leap in finishing 3rd in the long jump (5.42m) with teammate Django La Porte taking the B event (5.25m).  And there was a personal best for Robson Matthews in the javelin where he finished runner up with a throw of 22.65m. Matthews also produced a best in the non scoring long jump (4.90m).

Finley Holliday was again in superb form in the under 13 boy’s competition.  He finished an excellent 2nd in his first ever 100m.  His time of 13.7secs was a national grade 4 and EA level 6 clocking.  Holliday also produced a promising effort to take 4th place in his first ever javelin (19.54m) with teammate Finlay Haynes 4th in a season’s best of 17.19m in the B event.  Haynes enjoyed better fortunes in what was a very competitive shot as he claimed victory with his second best ever putt of 6.84m.  Harry Spencer produced a big improvement in the long jump leaping to a new best of 3.69m for 2nd place in the B event with teammate Holliday finishing 4th in hr A event (3.74m).  Cyrus Ariana competed in his first ever high jump and cleared 1.10m for 5th and combined with Spencer in a competitive 800m where he finished 5th (2mins 45.7secs) with Spencer placing 4th in the B event (2mins 50.6secs).

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah produced his first ever 8 metre putt in the under 15 boy’s shot putt competition for 3rd place (8.00 metres) and was only just shy of his long jump best (4.79m) where he was 5th.  George Hart produced another solid effort in the 1500 metres finishing 4th with 4mins 51.1secs with Appiahkorang-Mensah 3rd in the B event (5mins 3.2secs).  Hart also produced a new best of 45.0secs in the B 300m where he finished 3rd with teammate Marcus Baker placing 3rd in the A event (42.2secs).  William Morris finished 5th in the A 800 metres (2mins 27.3secs) with Baker taking the B event (2mins 30.5secs).  Thomas Perry ran his first ever 800m as a non scorer clocking 2mins 53.9secs as well as finishing 6th in the A string javelin (10.82m).

Bicester had 5 athletes in the under 11 girl’s quad competition with a closely fought competition between Olivia Neptune and Ruby Majonga.  The key event tuned out to be the 600m where Neptune produced a new best of 2mins 16.1secs as well as a new best in the vortex (16.32m).  Her final tally of 162 points was good enough for 21st place with Majonga 7 points further back in 24th.  Hannah Parsons produced a new best in the vortex (17.52m) to finish 40th in the final quad standings with Olivia Maxwell closed behind in 42nd and Matilda Aspel in 57th,  although she only competed in three events.  There was another plucky effort from Lorelai Whelan in the under 9 girl’s event where she finished 4th which included a new best of 2mins 31.1secs in the 600m.    

Bicester’s under 13 girls performed creditably against what was tough competition.  Lily Childs equalled her 200m best finishing 5th with 32.9secs and also ran a decent looking 15.8secs in the non scoring 100m.  Liv Babister lowered her best the 100m in finishing 6th (16.2secs) with Maya Korn clocking 17.2secs in her first ever 100m for 6th in the B event.  Korn produced the highest Bicester AC placing in the under 13 A strings with 4th place in the 1500 metres (6mins 37.7secs).