Bicester AC’s athletes performed well across over a range of events at the recently held second round of the Oxfordshire Sportshall competition held in Kidlington.  Bicester tripled the number of a team age groups wins, compared to round 1, with victories in the under 11 girl, under 13 boy and under 15 girl competitions.  The club hold leads in the under 11 and under 15 girl standings after round 2.   

The competition in the under 13 boy’s event was close between Bicester and Witney.  Bicester were in 2nd place with two events to go but a win in the 8 lap paarlauf relay followed by a 3rd place in the 4 by 2 lap relay secured the team win by 2 points.  The team was again indebted to Earlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah who produced another masterclass of running with the fastest time in the six lap event and along with Max Finnegan, secured the win for Bicester.  Appiahkorang-Mensah’s time of 1mins 18.9secs was the second league record he has broken this season.  He was also the fastest athlete in the 2 lap event (23.8secs) and in combination with Henry Unger gained maximum points for Bicester. Appiahkorang-Mensah also teamed up with Finlay Haynes for runner up spot in the shot putt.  There were strong sportshall debut performances from Darragh Cassidy and Thomas Perry who combined to secure 2nd place in the speed bounce competition.

There was a thrilling finish to the under 11 girl’s competition with three teams in contention going into the last event the 4 by 1 lap relay.  Bicester and Radley were in joint first with 31 points with Oxford City one point behind in third.  In a close fought relay Oxford City AC narrowly secured the win by .80secs.  With Radley only able to field one string, Oxford City and Bicester finished the match in equal first with 37 points.  There was a strong Bicester performance in the speed bounce competition with the quartet of Lily Childs, Isla Considine, Olivia Neptune and Emilia Lennon taking first place with a combined total of 182 bounces, nine more than they managed in round 1.  Lily Childs achieved the highest number of bounces in the competition with a score of 54.  Childs then combined with Imogen Unger to secure a win in the javelin with a combined throw length of 20.16m.  The Bicester quartet of Neptune, Unger, Brianna Senior and Noran Amin also competed well for 2nd place in the one lap event with a combined total of 56secs.

Bicester ‘s third team win came in the under 15 girl’s event where they amassed 237 points, 25 points clear of the runner up spot.  Naomi Ejiogu and Kristin Senior both managed two wins in the all round competition finishing top with 59 and 58 points respectively.  Ejiogu’s wins came in the shot (7.84m) and standing long jump (2.06m).  Senior achieved wins in the triple jump (6.19m) and 2 lap running event (23.9secs).  Georgia Bower finished 2nd in the standing long jump with a best leap of 2.01m and Bethony Wetton’s 4th place effort in the speed bounce of 74 was 3 more than round 1.  The team also collected maximum points in winning the relay.

There some strong individual Bicester AC performances in the under 15 boy’s competition but the lack of a fourth competitor cost them any chance of winning the team event.  However each of the three Bicester competitors managed two individual wins apiece with Kyle Rayson and Robson Matthews both managing the joint highest individual points score of 59 points.  Rayson’s two wins came in the standing long jump (2.50m) and shot putt (9m).  Matthews achieved wins in the 4 lap event (50secs) and an equal first in the speed bounce (77).  Lincoln Jones, who is at the junior end of the group also managed two wins and was just one point behind Rayson and Matthews in the all round competition.  Jones’s wins came in the triple jump, where his 8.02m was an improvement on round 1, and the 2 lap event (22secs).  The team also won the paarlauf.

The under 13 girls finished 3rd with some good individual performances.  The Bicester team of Yasmine Sheppard and Molly Steward combined to take 2nd place in the shot with Sheppard producing an impressive putt of 7.01m, which was the best putt in the competition and a big improvement on her effort in round 1.  Sheppard also combined with Mia Considine for 2nd in the standing long jump.  Grace Jarvey and Marissa Senior combined for 3rd place in the speed bounce competition with Jarvey’s effort of 76 steps the highest number in the competition.

The under 11 boys bettered their effort in round 1 with 3rd place.  There were good performances for Bicester in the javelin with William Cleaver and Emmerson McAndrew – Uren combining for the win with Cleaver’s effort of 18.16m the longest throw of the competition.  The Bicester quartet of Cyrus Ariana, Charlie Simpson, Finlay Harrell and Sam Wilson were just two bounces away from a share of first place with 179 steps.  Ariana also produced an impressive run in the 3 lap event with the equal 2nd fastest time of 39.40secs.  Also competing for Bicester was Brendan Kelly who managed 1.14m in the standing long jump.