All conditions come alike to Ben West as he made a seamless transfer from cross country to the track and field at last Sunday’s Oxfordshire Junior League event at Horspath. West made a determined bid on old club favourite’s Mark Curzon’s twenty year old under17 1500 club record. Despite having nobody to really push him, West fell tantalisingly short with a new personal best and national grade 2 effort of 4mins 11.4secs as he strode to an imperious win.
Sam White made his debut for the club and recorded two splendid wins in the under 15 boy’s sprint events clocking personal best times of 12.7secs in the 100 metres and 26.20secs in the 200 metres. It was a good day for the under 15 boys as Joseph Rayner registered a win in the B 100 metres with a new personal best time of 13.40secs and was in great form in the long jump finishing 2nd in the A event with a new personal best leap of 4.96m.
Under 15 Max Nicolle, was another fresh from cross country action and he recorded a win and personal best in his specialist event the 1500 metres (4mins 48.4secs). Nicolle also made two further pbs with B string wins in the 300 metres (43.4secs) and Javelin (13.24m). Freddie Taylor made it a double Bicester celebration in the under 15 1500 metres winning the B event (5mins 26.6secs) as well as collecting a new personal best in the shot (3.85m) where he was 2nd in the B event.
Ben Groves and Samuel Rayson are an integral part of the under 13 boy’s team and both enjoyed a successful day’s competition. Rayson has started the season well in his specialist event, the 75m hurdles, and he was a fine winner in the under 13 race in a new personal best time and grade 3 effort of 13.63secs. Ben Groves also performed well in his specialist event, the high jump, finishing 3rd with a new personal best leap and national grade 3 effort of 1.35m and enjoyed an unexpected bonus taking the shot putt with a new pb mark of 5.55m. There was further success for Bicester in the B 200 metres with Joshua Parker successful in a swift 30.5secs.
Wins proved hard to come by in the girl’s events but Rushani Arumugham did produce a grade 4 effort in taking 2nd in the under 15 long jump with a new pb mark of 4.59m. Arunmghan was also 4th in the 100 metres (14.4secs) and 5th in the 300 metres (50.5secs). In fact the only wins for the girls all came in B events with Ines Paiget Thompson successful in the under 13 B 1500 metres (6mins 34.2secs) and there were also wins for Amy Gould in the B under 17 800 metres (2mins 45.3ecs) and Molly Acton in the shot with a new personal best mark of 6.09m.
Acton proceeded to perform well in her specialist event the 800 metres where she finished 2nd in a season’s best of 2mins 34.3secs and 3rd in the 300 metres (46.5secs). Gould was also in good form in the 1500 metres where she finished 3rd in 5mins 35.5secs). Lauren Garside produced a very good effort in the under 17 shot taking 2nd place in the A event (8.42m).
Amber Parker competed consistently in the throwing events performing best in the discus with 3rd with a 17.82m throw. Ruby Silvester was good 3rd in the under 13 girl’s shot (5.27m) and gained good points in the B 200 metres with 2nd in 34.1secs.
In the under 11 Quadkid events Alex Nicolaides was Bicester’s best placed athlete in the under 11 events with a fine 4th, which included good points gained in the 600 metres (2mins 12.6secs) although the teammate Reuben Mitchell was even faster (2mins 7.5secs). Hollie Offord was Bicester’s highest placed finisher in the under 11 girl’s event placing 6th , which included a fine effort in the 600 metres (2mins 11secs).