Bicester AC brought their league summer season to a close at last weekend’s Oxfordshire Junior Athletics League match held at Horspath.    Two of Bicester’s new club record holders were both in action in the under 11’s quad competition which attracted big fields. 

Jack Green finished an impressive 2nd out of the 41 competitors   in the boy’s competition, which included impressive performances in the howler throw (37.55m) and 600 metres (1mins 59.4secs).   Elsie Jacobs was overall 4th in the girl’s competition out of 54 competitors.  This included an emphatic win in the 600 metres, where she was on the only girl athlete to finish in under 2 mins (1mins 58.2secs).  Jacobs was also Bicester’s top finisher in all of the quad events clocking 12 secs for 75m, jumping 2.91m in the long jump and throwing 18.78m in the howler.  Bicester’s Mia Considine won the under 9 girl’s quad event. 

Bicester’s under 15 girls were in excellent form throughout the afternoon which yielded several personal bests.  Foremost amongst these was an impressive performance in the long jump from one of Bicester’s most improved athletes Charlotte Kavanagh.  Kavanagh knocked jumped 23cms further than her previous best in finishing 3rd in the long jump (4.33m).  She also collected a brace of wins in the B string sprints clocking 14.0secs for 100 metres and 30.1secs in the 100 metres.  Teammate Isla Bohannon was 2nd in the A strings for 100 metres and 200 metres clocking 13.8secs and 14.0 secs respectively as well as setting a new personal best for 4th place in the 75m hurdles (14.3secs).

Jenny Critchley continued her fine form in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres with a battling 2nd place and new personal best time of 2 mins 32.3secs.  Critchley also set a new personal best in the B string long jump for 2nd place (3.78m) and was 3rd in the 300m (46.1secs).  There were also further under 15 girl bests from Emily Horring in the javelin (17.13m), Anna Couzens in the discus (13.94m) and Isabella Cozens, who was 1st in the B 75m hurdles (15.2secs).  Other under 15 girl performances for Bicester included a 3rd in the 1500 metres for Anne Jolliffe (5mins 17.7secs) and Freya McGinlay in the shot (7.31m)

There was a double first for Bicester in the under 15 boy’s high jump.  Competing in his second event of the weekend Samuel Rayson won the A string with a national grade 2 leap of 1.65m with Ben Groves taking the B (1.45m).  Rayson also made a rare performance in the 800m and did very well to take 2nd place in a new personal best time of 2mins 26.7secs.  Rayson also finished 3rd in the shot (10.01m).

Katy Groves has enjoyed a fine season in the throwing events and achieved two national grade 4 marks finishing 3rd in the under 13 girl’s shot (6.62m) and 3rd in the discus (18.88m).  Kyle Rayson and Django La Porte produced two of their longest ever long jumps in placing 4th and 2nd in their respective strings of the under 13 boy’s competition with leaps of 3.97m and 3.92m respectively.  And Bethany Wetton cleared 1.20m in the under 13 girl’s high jump, which equalled her previous best height.   

Joshua Smith and Michael Charlton both performed well in what were competitive heats of the under 13 boy’s 800 metres.  Smith was a fine 3rd in the A event, just missing out on his previous best (2mins 40.6secs).  The much-improved Robert Charlton just held on for 2nd in the B event (2mins 42.9secs) and augmented this run with a new personal best putt of 5.54m in the shot.

George Weston produced competitive efforts in the under 17 men sprints which included a 3rd in the 200 metres (24.9secs) and equalling his best ever high jump (1.45m).  Tia Brown made a welcome return from injury finishing 3rd in the under 17 ladies 100 metres (13.4secs), 200 metres (29.0secs) and long jump (4,28m) with teammate Erin Fabri winning the B long jump (4.04m).  There was also a win for Michael Cadle in the under 15 boy’s long jump (4.54m).

Other results in the boy’s quad competition included an overall 14th  place for George Mansell and 16th for Joel Hodges.  Mansell set a new personal best in the howler (29.42m) and there was also a new best for Lewis Harris in the 600m (2mins 6.1secs).  In the girl’s quad competition there was a promising debut performance by Rebecca Morgan who was Bicester 2nd best placed finisher in 17th ahead of Amber Busby in 19th place.  Busby set a new personal best of 2.81m in the long jump and there was also a new best for Annie Rose Willis in the howler (15.12m).

Written by N Dolden.