The season finale of the Oxfordshire Young Athletes League took place last Sunday at a slightly windswept Tilsley Park, Abingdon.  It was a testament to the fitness of the Bicester AC athletes that many of them achieved personal bests on what has been a long and full season of track and field.

Despite being towards the junior end of the under 15 age group, Bicester’s Lincoln Jones has enjoyed a remarkable season and left probably his best performance to last on Sunday.  On a good afternoon for a number of Bicester athletes in the high jump, Jones, in only his 3rd ever high jump competition, cleared a national grade 2 mark of 1.65m to win the A string under 15 boy’s high jump.  Jones also managed to duck under 26secs for the first time for 2nd place in the 200m (25.9secs) and produced his 2nd best ever long jump (5.20m) for runner up spot in the long jump.

It has been a cracking season for Bicester AC’s under 15 boys.  Kyle Rayson achieved a double first with wins in the shot put and 80m hurdles.  His improvement in the shot has been somewhat meteoric and his best put of 9.15m was his second 9 metre plus shot put in little over a week.  Rayson clocked 13.0secs in the 80m hurdles and produced a good leap of 4.75m to win the B string under 15 boy’s long jump.  Jesse Carter has made steady progress throughout the Summer and produced a good new best in winning the combined under 15 boy’s B string and non scoring 200m clocking 27.3secs.  Carter also won the B javelin with a throw of 1.40m in his first attempt at the discipline.  Kyle McCleod achieved a double first in winning the B string 80m hurdles, in a new best time of 15.7secs, and the shot put (5.32m).  Robson Matthews produced another 20 metre plus throw in the javelin for 3rd in the A event (21.04m).  And the combination of Jones, Matthews, Carter and McCleod finished runner up in a very competitive sprint relay in 52.7secs.

Bicester AC’s Isla Wooding has shown improvement over a range of events during the Summer and she enjoyed a very successful day’s competition returning three new bests.  Wooding achieved her first ever national graded performance in finishing runner up in the under 13 girl’s high jump (1.25m).  She was also runner up in the A string 70m hurdles in a new best time of 14.1secs and returned her first ever 6 plus metre effort in winning the B string shot put (6.09m).  Yasmine Sheppard was also in personal best form with a good 3rd and new best in the under 13 girl’s javelin (14.84m) and a good advancement in the high jump (1.20m).  Olivia Naidu-Johnson has enjoyed a fine season in the sprints and jumps and produced a couple of strong performances in finishing 2nd in a competitive 100m (14.6secs) and taking runner up spot in the long jump (3.68m). Amber Busby threw her way to a new best in the shot put finishing runner up in the under 13 girl’s shot put (6.35m) and ran a solid race for 4th in the A 800 metres (2mins 45.1secs).  Grace Jarvey has been on of Bicester’s most consistent under 13 girl performers and she ran a strong race for 2nd in the B 100 metres (15.0secs) as well as winning a competitive B string long jump (3.40m).  Mia Considine competed in her first ever track and field competition and equipped herself well with a win in the 70m hurdles 15.8secs) as well as producing a promising effort in the non scoring 800m (2mins 53.7secs).  Charlotte Hornby achieved a new best in the under 13 girl’s discus (11.44m) and ran well for 3rd in the B string 800m (3mins 3.6secs) which was her first attempt at the distance.  And the combined team of Hornsby, Busby, Sheppard and Considine ran well for 2nd in a competitive sprint relay (61.4secs).

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah produced a superb debut high jump performance in the under 13 boy’s high jump.  He scissor-kicked his way to a superb clearance of 1.38m for 2nd place which was a national grade 3 mark.  He also dominated the 800m winning the under 13 race with a national grade 3 time of 2mins 29secs.  Finlay Haynes achieved his first ever 20 plus throw in the under 13 boy’s javelin with a 21.17 m throw which was over 3 metres longer than his previous best.  He also bettered his previous best in the discus with 13.29m throw for 4th place in the A event.  Under 13 boy Max Finnegan put in a strong performance in his first ever 800m with runner up spot in the B event clocking 2mins 50.6secs.  Finnegan also equalled his 200m best in the 200m (32.1secs).  Harry Chisholm performed creditably on his track and field debut finishing 4th in the under 13 boy’s 1500m (5mins 46.5secs) and throwing 15.8m in the javelin. 

The under 15 girls found A string wins hard to come by but Naomi Ejiogu did manage a B string win in the 100m with a best ever and national grade 4 clocking of 13.3secs which was faster than the winning time in the A event.  Ejiogu only narrowly failed to win the A string 200m (28.4secs) clocking the same time as the winner and was also runner up in the long jump (4.37m).  Georgia Bower ran well for runner up spot in the A string under 15 girl’s event clocking 13.9secs.  Kristine Senior ran a new personal best in the A 300 finishing 4th in 47.6secs.  Senior also achieved a new best in the non – scoring long jump (3.61m).  Bethany Wetton earned good points for the club with 3rd place in the B 300m (56.9secs).  And Wetton teamed up with Ejiogu, Bower and Senior for 3rd place in a competitive sprint relay (56.5secs).

Bicester’s under 11s and under 9s competed in the quad competition made up of four events being a 75m run, 600m run, long jump and howler throw.  Lily Childs finished a splendid 5th in the under 11 girl’s competition, which boasted a 42 strong field, amassing a total of 180 points.  Bicester’s other under 11 girls included Isla Considine 20th, Maya Korn 24th, Noran Amin 34th, Lara Chisholm (who competed in two of the four events) 39th and Brianna Senior 41st.

Five Bicester athletes contested the under 11 boy’s quad event.  William Cleaver, who has performed consistently well throughout the season, finished 6th  with 222 points which included a new best in the long jump (3.58m).  Biggest improver of the day was Cameron Waters who managed a clean sweep of new bests in what was probably his best ever quad competition placing 17th.  Bicester’s other placings were Oliver Jarvey in 28th, Cyrus Ariana 35th and Alfie Newman 48th.

There were four Bicester AC girls in the under 9 quad competition, all of whom were making their track and field competitive debuts.  Edith Haynes was Bicester’s best finisher in 11th which included a superb 16.88m throw in the howler.  Bicester’s other finishers were Marisa Allum who was 15th, Megan Varney-Newell 16th and Maisie Wilson 18th.  Sam Wilson was Bicester’s sole competitor in the under 9 boy’s event in 14th place.

Noah Gulvin had his first competitive outing of the season in the under 17 men’s 1500 metres which was also his first attempt at the distance.  Gulvin finished 3rd with a promising effort of 4mins 38.9secs.  Django La Porte’s efforts included 3rd in the under 17 men’s long jump with a new best of 4.69m.  In the under 17 woman’s competition Katie Groves won the A high jump with a best clearance of 1.35m.  Groves also produced her best put of the season in the shot with 8.29m.  Charlotte Kavanagh competed strongly in the long jump for runner up spot with a best leap of 4.31m.  And Ben Groves competed in a myriad of non scoring events which included a promising first effort in the triple jump with a best mark of 12.25m (teammate Django La Porte jumped 9.67m).  Groves competed well in the other jumps with a best leap in the long jump of 5.72m and 1.75m in the high jump.