On Sunday Bicester AC hosted round 4 of the Winter long Oxfordshire Sportshall League at Bicester Sports Centre.  The host club enjoyed a superb day’s competition with wins in four of the six age category competitions with all teams highly placed with one round remaining.

The under 11 boy’s enjoyed a spectacularly successful afternoon with 5 wins and 2 second places in the seven events they contested.   There was a superb win in the soft javelin for William Cleaver launching the implement to an impressive 18.75m and along with Emmerson-McAndrew Uren (11.30m) they ran out decisive winners.  The quartet of Charlie Simpson, Cyrus Ariana, Finlay Harrell and Zach O Regan produced a combined total of 193 bounces to win the speed bounce competition by 8 jumps with Ariana recording the highest individual bounce total (52).  McAndrew-Uren combined with Washe Zhande to take the standing long jump with a combined total of 3.66m.  Win number 4 came in the three lap event Ariana and Cleaver combining for a win with a combined time of 82secs.  And in the 4 by 1 lap relay, the team of Cleaver, Oliver Jarvey, Harrell and Ariana produced the fastest time of the day and along with B string runners (O Regan, Barnaby Wilson, Simpson and McAndrew-Uren) combined for a win in the relay.

The under 13 girls produced a superb team performance for a 4 point win over Oxford City AC.  They recorded three wins and four seconds in the 8 events contested.  The obstacle relay quartet of Jess Shepherd, Liv Babister, Charlotte Hornby and Olivia Naidu-Johnson got the team off to a great start with a win in 1mins 25.1secs.  There was another win for Naidu-Johnson as she produced the joint quickest time of the day in the two lap event (25.4secs) and her time, in combination with Grace Jarvey, secured the win for Bicester.  And the quartet of Yasmine Sheppard. Naidu-Johnson, Jarvey and Charlotte Hornby combined for a win in the 4 by 2 lap relay (1min 44.2 secs).  Yasmine Sheppard produced the longest shot putt of 6.73m and Grace Jarvey’s bounce total of 77 was the equal highest.

The Bicester under 15 girl’s team produced a superb winning team performance, which included a number of excellent individual performances.  The team dominated the 2 lap event with Naomi Ejiogu clocking the quickest time of 25.4secs ahead of teammate Georgia Bower (25.9secs).  Bicester’s other competitor, Kristin Seniot, was well in contention for the leading time until slipping on one of the turns and finished with 26.5secs.  Kristin Senior gained compensation with a win in the vertical jump (59cms) ahead of Naomi Ejiogu (57cms).  Senior also produced the best score in the speed bounce with 81 bounces with Bethany Wetton third best (75).  And Ejiogu putted the shot further than anyone else with a 7.92m best effort ahead of teammate Georgia Bower (6.45m).  The quartet of Bower, Senior, Wetton and Ejiogu were also successful in the relay (1mins 44.0secs).  In the all round competition Ejiogu top scored with 59 points just one point away from the maximum.

Bicester’s under 15 men also enjoyed a successful competition with a win in the team event.  This included several fine individual performances.  Lincoln Jones secured maximum points in the all rounder competition with wins in the speed bounce (81), the triple jump (7.38m) and equal fastest time in a closely fought 2 lap event (23secs).  Teammate Benjamin Shangkuan, in only his second sportshall event, was a promising 3rd in the same event clocking 24.7secs.  Kyle Rayson was just one point off the maximum with the 2nd highest haul of points with 59.  Rayson was an impressive winner of the 4 lap event (49.5secs) with teammate Robson Matthews back in 3rd (52.5secs).  Rayson and Matthews dominated the standing long jump with Rayson just winning with a best leap of 2.47m, 3cm ahead of Matthews (2.44m).  Rayson thought he had won the shot with his last putt but had to settle second for 2nd (8.8m) as his final effort was judged a non throw by the officials.  The quartet of Rayson, Jones, Matthews and Shangkuan produced a swift 1min 33.5secs to take the relay.

Bicester’s boys under 13 team put up a heroic performance to go down by one point in the team competition despite only having four competitors to cover the six events.  In fact the event went down to the last event with Bicester quartet of Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah, Thomas Perry, Henry Unger and Max Finnegan just pipped by Witney in the 4 by lap two laps relay with the Bicester team clocking 1min 44.2secs.  The performance of the team was made all the more meritorious as three of the quartet (Appiahkorang-Mensah, Finnegan and Perry) had competed in the Chiltern League cross country the day before.  The same quartet started the meet with a superb win in the obstacle relay (1min 21.8secs).  Bicester’s other win came in the 2 lap event as Appiahkorang-Mensah and Finnegan combined to win the 4 lap event with the former producing the fastest time of the day (51.70secs).  Appiahkorang-Mensah produced a cracking effort in the shot with a 8 metre plus effort (8.27m) and Thomas Perry’s effort of 68 was the 2nd highest in the speed bounce competition.   

The under 11 girl’s team were narrowly beaten into third place.  Their one win cam in the three lap event as Lily Childs and Olivia Neptune combined to good effect to take the three lap event.  The quartet of Childs, Neptune, Brianna Senior and Maddison Tattersall combined well to take second place in the speed bounce with Childs achieving the joint highest number of bounces at 53.  The quartet of Neptune, Senior, Imogen Unger and Hannah Parson also combined well for a good second in the one      

Lap event.  Also competing for Bicester was Marissa Allum whose efforts included a 1.39m in the standing long jump.

With one event remaining the Bicester teams are in a strong position.  Bicester AC take a narrow lead of two points over Witney in to the combined under 13 team competition with one event remaining.  They also hold leads in both of the under 15 competitions with the boys holding a somewhat narrower advantage than the girls.  It is also quite close in the combined under 11 competition with Bicester in second place, 20 points behind Oxford City AC.