Bicester AC athletes performed superbly in the sweltering heat at last Sunday’s Oxfordshire Junior League fixture held at Banbury.  Despite encountering very difficult conditions, the athletes recorded several personal bests and national grade performances.

Lincoln Jones continues to enjoy a superb first season of track and field and achieved a triple of firsts on Sunday in individual events as well as being part of the winning under 15 boy’s sprint relay team.  Jones achieved wins in the 100m (12.6secs) and 200m (26.3secs).  Jones also produced a superb new best in the high jump clearing 1.60m.  This was only Jones’s 2nd attempt at the high jump and his clearance was a national grade 3 effort.  Jones then combined with Jesse Carter, William Morris and Kyle Mceleod to take the under 15 boy’s sprint relay with 52.7secs.   

It was a good team effort by the under 15 boys as they achieved 11 A and B string wins in all.  Kyle Rayson continued his dominant form to take the A 80m hurdles (12.9secs) as well as winning the long jump with a season’s best of 4.85m.  Two of the B string wins were achieved by Jesse Carter, who enjoyed his best competition of the Summer.  He produced a superb new best ducking under 13 secs for the first time in winning the B 100m (12.8secs).  He also produced a new best in the shot (6.19m) to take the B event.  There were wins for Kyle Mcleod in the B 200 metres (26.4secs) and B long jump (4.33m).  Bicester’s other under 15 boy’s win came in the B high Jump with Robson Matthews leaping a best ever clearance of 1.35m.  Matthews was also 2nd in the javelin with a best throw of 22.7m.  And William Morris also ran a new best finishing 4th in the 800m (2mins 19.9secs).

Naomi Ejiogu also achieved a triple first in the under 15 girl’s events.  Ejiogu won, what were very two competitive sprint races, with a clocking of 12.6secs in the 100m and 30.1secs in the 200m She also triumphed in a very competitive long jump with a best leap of 4.52m.  She was well supported by Georgia Bower who won the B 100m (12.8secs) as well as finishing 2nd in the B Long Jump (3.92m).  Bower also won the A discus (13.89m), with Helena Norton producing an advancement on her previous best in winning the B event with a throw of 9.95m.  Kristin Senior ran in her first track and field competition of the Summer and ran a new best in winning the B 200m (29.2secs) as well as battling round in the 800m (3mins 11.6secs).  There was also a new best for Annabel Jones who was 2nd in the A string javelin, and she also battled well to finish the 1500m (6mins 41.4secs).  Bethany Wetton also gained points in the middle distance events with 4th in the B 800m (3mins 31.6secs) and her other efforts included a 4th in the A high Jump (1.20m).  Wetton then combined with Jones, Bower and Ejiogu to finish 4th in the sprint relay (59.0secs).

Bicester achieved three A and B string wins in the under 13 boy’s events.  Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah continues to enjoy a first season of track and field and he again performed well with a win in the 800m in a good time given the conditions (2mins 27.7secs). His other efforts in included a 2nd in the Long Jump (4.23m).  Luke Whitmore enjoyed his best track and field competition for Bicester winning two B string events and recording three new bests.  Whitmore won the 13 boy’s 800m B race as well as winning the B long jump (3.86m).  Whitmore also achieved a new best in the javelin (16.48secs).  Max Finnegan defied the conditions to run a new best for 3rd place in the A 1500 metres (5mins 39.8secs) as well as running a new best in the 200m (32.1secs).

Bicester’s under 13 girls found wins harder to come but still produced some good efforts.  Darria Hudson performed very well in her first competition of the Summer with three A string thirds.  Best amongst these was her clearance of 1.25m in the high jump which was a national graded effort, in her debut performance in this event.  She also made her debut in the 70m hurdles (16.4secs) as well as showing a big improvement in her long jump best (3.59m).  Grace Jarvey has performed well at a high level all season showing great consistency.  She finished runner up in two very competitive sprint events clocking a national grade effort in the 200m (30.7secs) and 14.7secs in the 100m.  And Amber Busby ducked under 31secs for the first time in winning the B 200m in a national graded 30.7secs and her other efforts included a 3rd in the shot (5.97m).

There were two high overall places achieved by Bicester athletes in the quad events.  Lily Childs produced her best ever quad placing with a magnificent runner up spot in the under 11 girl’s quad competition amassing 185 points.   This included a big best in the long jump (3.41m) and a new best in the 75m (12.1secs).  Lilly Jolliff finished a promising 9th in her first ever quad competition.  Other Bicester athletes in the under 11 girl’s competition were Imogen Unger (14th), Madison-Mei-Caldicott (19th) and Brianna Senior (22nd).

William Cleaver has become more competitive as the season has progressed and he was a superb 3rd in the under 11 boy’s quad event.  This included a new best of 11.6secs in the 75m.  Other Bicester placings were Oliver Jarvey (16th), Cyrus Araina (18th), Emerson MacAndrew-Uren (19th) and Finlay Harrell (25th).  Bicester had two competitors in the under 9 competition with Barnaby Wilson finishing 6th and Brendan Kelly 12th.

Charlotte Kavanagh and Katie Groves were Bicester’s entrants in the under 17 girl’s competition.  Kavanagh, in only her second competition for the Summer, jumped to a new best in finishing 3rd in the long jump (4.52m).  Kavanagh’s other performances included a win in the B shot put (7.18m).  Katie Groves secured a win in the high jump equalling her best (1.40m).  Groves’ other efforts included a win in the B long jump (3.99m).   

There were track and field debuts for the Moran twins in the men’s under 17 events.  Isaac Moran’s efforts included a 4th in the 1500 metres (5mins 10.4secs) as well as 4th in the javelin (19.12m).  Joshua was 3rd in the 800m (2mins 38.9secs) as well as filling the same spot in the long jump (3.78m).

Ben Groves, as an under 20, competed in the non scoring events.  His efforts included  new bests in the long jump (5.82m) and 100m.