Forty Bicester AA athletes made the journey to Banbury for the 2nd round of their Oxfordshire Junior League match held last Sunday at Banbury.  There was a plethora of fine performances including a new club record and the setting of nearly 90 personal bests.  Naomi Ejiogu lowered her own under 17 women’s 100m record in winning the 100m with a national grade 3 and EA level 7 time of 12.7secs.  There was also a win and new best for Kristin Senior in the under 17 women’s 200m with an EA level 5 tine of 28.5secs.  Senior also set a new best in the 100m (13.6secs) in finishing 2nd in the B 100m.

There were no individual A string wins for Bicester in the under 13 boy’s competition but there was a strong team performance which saw them in contention for leading under 13 boy’s team.  This press release will be updated when the result of this is known.  The team of Finlay Holliday, Kayden Curtis, Finley Harrell and Cyrus Ariana combined superbly to win the 4 by 100m relay with one of the fastest times by a Bicester under 13 boy’s quartet in recent years (59.1secs).  Holliday was also in superb form in the individual events finishing runner up in the 200m with a new best and national grade 3 and EA level 6 time of 28.0secs.

Bicester’s under 13s performed well in the throwing events.  Finlay Haynes took runner up spot in the A discus (14.03m) with Cameron Waters setting a new best in winning the B event with 12.66m.  There was a double 2nd for Bicester in the shot with Haynes putting 6.42m in the A event and Cameron Waters setting a new best of 5.94m in the B string.  Finlay Harrell also putted a big new best competing as a non scorer with 5.89m, which was one of three bests that he set on the day which also included a 2nd in the B long jump (3.51m) and a 3rd in the B 100m (15.3secs).  Kayden Curtis threw a new best in the javelin finishing 5th in the A event (18.29m).  Curtis however saved his best for the high jump with a superb new best of 1.28m in the high jump for 3rd.     There were also some good performances from the under 13 boys on the track with Cyrus Ariana running a new best in the 800m (2mins 44.7secs) for 3rd and 30.1secs for 2nd in the B 200m.  There was also a promising debut run from Harry Spencer in the B 800m where he finished 4th with 2mins 49.1secs.   

There was a good win for Georgia Bower in what was a very competitive under 15 woman’s long jump with a national grade 4 and EA level 5 mark of 4.45m.  Bower was also in good form in the 100m with 2nd in the A string (13.3secs) with teammate Grace Jarvey winning the B string with her first ever sub 14 secs clocking (13.9secs).  Annie Rose Willis competed in her first competition since 2019 and ran the fastest time by a Bicester female this year in the 300m, running as a non – scorer, with 50.9secs.  There were new bests for the Bicester athletes in the scoring under 15 girl’s 300m with Kate O Malley clocking 53.8secs and Jessica Shepherd (54.5secs).  Shepherd also sliced seconds off her previous best in the 800m clocking 3mins 3.2secs.  And Bicester had two competitors in the 75m hurdles with Kae O Malley 3rd in the A event (17.2secs) and debutant Lily Spencer taking 2nd in the B string (18.7secs).  There were just two Bicester competitors in the equivalent under 15 boy’s competition. William Morris won the A 800m (2mins 26.4secs) and set a new best in the 200m (27.6secs).  And there was a new best for George Hart in the 300m (45.6secs) who also competed well for 4th in the 1500 metres (4mins 52.6secs).

There was just one A string win for Bicester in the under 17 men’s events with Robson Matthews taking the javelin with a new best of 22.30m.  Matthews also ran a new best for 4th in the 200m (27.4secs) where Benjamin Shangkuan took the B string in a best ever 26.5secs.  Shangkuan, competing as a non scorer,  also set a new big best in the long jump (4.64m) with Matthews winning the scoring B event (4.32m).  And there was a superb new best for Kyle Rayson as he broke 12secs for the first time in finishing 3rd in the 100m with an EA 5 level clocking of 11.9secs.  Also competing for Bicester was Owen Stocker who was 4th in the 1500 metres (4mins 43.0secs).

There were four Bicester competitors in the under 13 girl’s competition and they put in a spirited effort.  Alyssa Shangkuan was 2nd in two of the throwing events throwing 11,17m in what was her first ever javelin with Lucy Murphy, also in her first javelin competition, 2nd in the B event (8.31m). Shangkuan was also 2nd in the discus (9.98m) and ran a new best in the 100m (15.5secs). Liv Babister bettered her previous marks in the shot (4.73m) and 200m (33.1secs) as well as producing a good leap of 3.28m in her first ever long jump.     And Marissa Senior ran a new best in the 200m (33.8secs).

Bicester had 8 boys in the under 11 quad competition with Oliver Jarvey the highest placed Bicester athlete finishing 14th with 211 points.  Jarvey’s four events included a new best of 2mins 1.7secs in the 600m and a joint fastest time on the day 11.4secs in the 75m.  Barnaby  Wilson showed a big improvement on his previous quad competition of a year ago with 2nd place and 172 points which included a very good 2mins 8.3secs clocking in the 600m.  And Ralph Saunders in his first ever competition was 27th which included a 22.81m howler and a 2.98m in the long jump.  Bicester’s other finishers included Sam Wilson (39th), Jake Hill (41st), Brendan Kelly (42nd), Jacinto Christie (46th) and Ivan Stocker (47th).  

Bicester’s Olivia Neptune enjoyed a strong competition in the under 11 girl’s quad competition placing 17th out of 51 competitors with 167 points.  Neptune ran a fast 11.8secs in the 75m and produced the longest jump by a Bicester under 11 girl this year with a leap of 3.21m.  Brianna Senior also made the top half of finishers in 24th place with 150 points which included the fastest 600m by a Bicester under 11 this season (2mins 15.1secs).  Hannah Parsons threw the longest howler by a Bicester girl this year with a new best of 17.41m as well as running a best in the 600m (2mins 17.4secs).  Parsons finished 30th in the competition with other Bicester finishers  Olivia Maxwell in 38th, Edith Haynes 49th and Maisie Wilson 50th.

Lorelai Whelan made her debut in the under 9 girl’s quad competition and she finished a splendid 4th which included a fine leap of 2.15m in the long jump and a 2mins 34.5secs clocking in the 600m.  William Vandenberg was 10th in the corresponding boy’s competition which included a swift 12.7secs clocking in the 75m.