The last round of the Oxfordshire Junior Athletics League took place last Sunday at Horspath in unseasonably warm conditions with only a nagging biting wind taking the edge of conditions. There was a very acceptable turnout of Bicester AC competitors given that this event came at the tail end of a season where summer training for Bicester athletes finished weeks ago.
Samuel Rayson has made a huge improvement in the high jump this season and he was again imperious on Sunday taking the under 15 event with a leap of 1.65m, which was 8cm in advance of his previous best and a national grade 3 effort. Ben Groves took the B event with a clearance of 1.45m. Rayson also equalled his best winning the 80m hurdles in 13.3secs which was a national graded time.
Amber Parker ended the season with third and a new personal best of 22.53m in the javelin. She also threw a national grade mark of 26.51m for 2nd in the discus and triumphed in the shot with a national graded distance of 9.00 metres where teammate, Amelia Cox, won the B string with 5.93m. Cox was also an emphatic winner of the under 15 girl’s 1500 metres clocking 5mins 23.8secs.
It was a successful season ending competition for Bicester’s under 17 girls with two A string victories. Tia Brown has been virtually unbeatable over the 100 metres this season and this proved to be the case again on Sunday as she triumphed in 13.5secs with Rushani Armugham taking the B event (14.40secs). Arumugham enjoyed success herself in the A string as she took the 300 metres with 46.4secs and also finished a fine 3rd in the Long Jump with 4.56m.
The Bicester under 13 girls have excelled this Summer and there were further performances to cheer at Horspath. Isla Bohannon produced national graded efforts in probably the most keenly contested events of the day. Bohannon took 3rd place in the 100 metres with 14.5secs and followed this up with a 30.7secs clocking for 2nd place in the 200 metres. She was then joined by Freya McGinlay, Charlotte Kavanagh and Hollie Offord for the 4 by 100 metre relay where the team took 3rd in 59.8secs.
McGinlay has never stopped improving in the shot putt and ended the season with another improvement finishing runner up in the under 13 girl’s competition with a national grade 3 mark of 7.41m. Anna Joliffe also managed runner up spot in the under 13 girl’s 1500 metres with 5mins 51.5secs.
There was a new personal best for Alexander Nicolaides as he placed 2nd in the under 13 boy’s javelin with a throw of 19.09m. Jack Green put in a splendid performance in the under 11 Quadkid’s competition amassing a points total of over 200 in his debut for the club placing 8th in a field of over 40 competitors. His performances included the furthest competitive howler throw by any Bicester athlete this season 34.11m and a very good 600 metres (2mins 7.3secs). Amber Busby was Bicester’s best placer in the under 9 girl’s competition where she finished 7th.
Written by N Dolden.