The second and final Oxfordshire Junior Athletics League event of the season took place recently at Horspath.  Bicester AC had an excellent turnout and the large Bicester contingent were rewarded with 42 personal bests (including first time efforts and excluding under 11s) as well as 7 national grade performance and one club record.  Bicester enjoyed 7 A string victories.

Some athletes had competed in the YDL match on the Saturday and one of those athletes was Kyle Rayson.  Having started the season steadily, Rayson has improved throughout the season and having already performed well on the Saturday, Rayson exceeded even those efforts on Sunday.  Primary amongst these was another superb effort in the under 15 boy’s 80m hurdles with an A string win and new personal best clocking of 12.8secs which was also a national grade 4 time.  Rayson also produced his best ever long jump with a leap of 4.95m earning him 3rd place in the A event.

There were two Bicester AC national grade 3 efforts on the day.  Ben Groves achieved a life time best in winning in the under 17 high jump with a national grade 3 clearance of 1.77m.  Groves also produced new best marks in the 100m (12.3secs) and 800m (2mins 27.1secs).  Georgia Bower competed in her first external competition for over two seasons and was effectively making her debut in a non quad competition.  Her efforts on the day included a superb 2nd place in a competitive under 13 girl’s 100 metres and a national grade 3 clocking of 14.1secs.  Bower was only just short of national grade mark in the discus (14.8metres).

The one club record broken on the day was from Jenny Critchley who has enjoyed a fine season over a range of distances.  She won two races on the day which included a new club record and national grade 4 clocking in the under 17 girl’s 300m (43.7secs) as well as a win in the 800m with another national graded time of 2mins 22.0secs.  Bicester’s other A string wins came courtesy of Anna Jolliffe who won the under 17 girl’s 1500 metres (5mins 8secs) and Samuel Rayson in the under 17 men’s shot with a new lifetime best putt of 10.25m. 

Kyle Mcleod has enjoyed a fine first season of track and field action and recorded further personal bests despite competing on the Saturday.  Mcleod finished runner up in the under 13 boy’s 200 metres with a national grade and new personal best time of 28.2secs as well as finishing 2nd in the A Long jump with a new best leap of 4.11m. 

Bicester’s one B string win came in the under 15 boy’s long jump courtesy of Robson Matthews who leapt to a new best mark of 4.73m and added to his bests with a personal best clocking of 13.9secs in the 100m.  His teammate Django La Porte also improved significantly on his previous 100m best in finishing 5th in the A event (13.6secs). 

Grace Jarvey has improved steadily throughout the season and she produced a brace of new bests in the under 13 girl’s 200m (31.0secs) and 70m hurdles (15.8secs).  There was also an eye catching run from Eloise Le Monnier who improved 0.9 secs in the under 13 girl’s 100m finishing 3rd in the under 13 girl’s B event.  And Yasmine Sheppard repeated the promise she has shown in training with a 14.82m throw in the under 13 girl’s non scoring javelin.  Jarvey, Le Monnier, Sheppard and Bower also combined to finish an excellent 2nd in the under 13 girl’s 4 by 100 metre relay in a season’s best time of 60.7secs.

Katie Groves was also competing in her second competition of the weekend.  Having been busy the previous day, Groves leapt to a new personal best mark of 4.24m in the long jump as well as taking runner up spot in the under 15 girl’s discus (17.85m).  Jasmine Hendon also produced a new best mark in finishing 3rd in the B under 15 girl’s long jump (3.87m).  Bethany Wetton made it a trio of bests in the long jump for Bicester’s under 15 girl’s team jumping 3.65m in the non scoring event.  Wetton, who was also competing in her second event of the weekend, also recorded a new best in the non scoring 100m (15.6secs).  Amber Busby was another athlete who competed in successive events over the weekend and she was rewarded with new bests in the under 13 girl’s discus (8.91m) and non scoring 100 metres (15.7secs).

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Bicester enjoyed an excellent turnout in the quad competition with no less than 14 athletes taking part with Bicester represented in all 4 of the age group competitions.  There was an impressive debut performance from Lara Chisholm who finished 7th in the 42 strong under 11 girl’s competition.  Chisholm’s efforts included one of the best vortex throws of the competion (21.45m) as well as a swift 2mins 12.3secs clocking in the 600m.  Bicester’s other placers in the under 11 girl’s event were Lily Childs (13th),  Bethany Chambers (21st) and Lucy Murphy (30th).  Bicester had three of the under 9 girl athletes with Olivia Neptune making a promising debut which included a 12.9secs clocking in the 75m.  Nancy Alcraft and Sylvie McNaught also competed for Bicester.

Finlay Haynes’s monster throw in the vortex (35.49m) saw him finish one place ahead of teammate Tom Court (22nd and 23rd respectively in the under 11 boy’s competition.  Bicester’s other under 11 boy finishers were Cyrus Ariana (37th), Cameron Waters (41st) and Zachary Evans (45th).  Only two Bicester AC contested the under 9 boy’s competition with Jaxon Lewis finishing one point ahead of Jack Murphy in 4th and 5th places respectively.  Lewis ran a swift 12.3secs for 75m whilst Murphy ran well to clock 2mins 13.9secs for the 600m.

Isla Wooding produced a good first effort in the under13 girl’s 800m (3mins 0.9secs) whilst Tabitha Bosley also performed well over the middle distances with a good first run in the under 13 girl’s 1500 metres (5mins 55.2secs).  Isabelle Couzens lowered her personal best over 300m finishing 2nd in the B under 17 woman’s 300m (49.1secs).  Charlotte Kavanagh was not far off her personal best with a 4.31m leap in the under 17 woman’s long jump.  Luke Whitmore set new personal bests in the javelin (14.60m), 800m (2mins 59.2secs) and 200m (30.5secs) whilst William Richardson also set new best marks in the 100m (15.4secs) and 1500m (5mins 57secs). 

In other non scoring events George Weston was again inside 12 secs for 100 metres (11.9secs) and inside 24secs for 200 metres (23.9secs).  Other Bicester competitors in the scoring league match included Stanley Critchley, Evie Jasper, Isla McNaught and Maya Evans.     

Written by N Dolden