It was a case of Bicester AC girl power at the 3rd round of the Oxfordshire Sportshall League held last Sunday in Wantage as each of the three Bicester AC girl teams ended up topping their respective team competitions.  They were well supported by the Bicester AC boy teams with the under 11 and under 15 teams finishing 2nd and the under 13’s 3rd.  Therefore after three events Bicester comfortably lead the overall under 11 competition combining boy and girl scores with a lead of 36 points.  The combined under 13s team lie in 2nd place as do the under 15 boys whilst Bicester AC lead the under 15 girl’s competition.

Bicester’s under 11 girls enjoyed an outstanding competition with a comprehensive winning margin of 10 points.  The quartet of Olivia Neptune, Brianna Senior, Ruby Majonga and Emilia Beadle just got the better of Banbury in the one lap race with a combined clocking of 57.70secs and Olivia Neptune’s clocking of 13.8secs was the only sub 14secs clocking.  There was a further win for Bicester AC in the chest push with Neptune throwing 5.62m and Emelia Beadle 5.09m.  Bicester had two relay teams for the 4 by lap relay with the quartet of Neptune, Senior, Majonga and Beadle  producing the quickest time (54.50secs) and they were supported by Bicester’s B quartet of Lorelei Whelan, Olivia Maxwell, Hannah Parsons and Layla Hendon who were clocked at 61.50secs.   April Perry made her competitive debut and her efforts included a leap of 1.24m in the non scoring standing long jump.          

There was another commanding team performance from Bicester’s under 15 girls which included a number of very good individual performances.  Georgia Bower had the second highest individual points score of 57 points with three second placings that included a first ever 7 plus putt in the shot (7.25m) and a narrow defeat by teammate Olivia Naidu Johnson (25.8secs) in the 2 lap race with Bower clocking 26.0 secs.  There was a first for the Bicester quartet of Bower, Naidu Johnson, Molly Steward and Lily Spencer in the relay where their time of 1mins 44.7secs was just one tenth of a second faster than the opposing Oxford City AC quartet.  Grace Jarvey won the speed bounce beating 13 other competitors with a score of 78.  Erin Horseman’s best effort was in the shot where she finished  5th with a putt of 5.05m.  Jessica Shepherd’s efforts included a leap of 1.72m in the standing long jump.  Bicester’s scorers in the winning team were Bower, Naidu Johnson, Jarvey and Lily Spencer who was making the Bicester AC scoring team for the first time.               

There was a thrilling conclusion to the under 13 girl’s competition.  With one event to go Witney held a narrow advantage on 39 points with Oxford City on 38 and Bicester 37.  The Bicester quartet of Aaliyah Beadle, Imogen Unger, Liv Babister and Grace Fulcher produced a superb effort defeat to beat the Oxford City quartet in the relay (1mins 49.0secs) and with the Witney team back in 4th, Bicester and Oxford City finished the match joint top with 44 points each.  The Bicester team had got off to a

superb start with the quartet of Unger, Fulcher, Babister and Lily Childs taking the obstacle relay (1mins 27.2sec).  There was a further win for Bicester in the standing triple jump from Aaliyah Beadle, with the best jump in the competition of 5.84m and Lily Childs (5.45m).  And the combination of Beadle and Meriel Woodrow finished a close second to the Oxford City duo in the 2 lap race with Beadle just one tenth of a second off the fastest time in clocking 26.5secs.

The Bicester under 11 boy’s team finished a good 2nd to a strong Witney team which included some strong individual performances from the Bicester team.  Their only win came in the speed bounce competition with the Bicester quartet of Charlie Simpson, Oliver Jarvey, Ralph Saunders and Jacino Christie scoring 191, one better than Witney, with Simpson producing an outstanding 58 bounces, the highest individual score in the competition.  Levi Fulcher produced the best jump in the vertical jump competition with 45cms and combined with Sam Wilson(30cms) took 2nd. The Bicester quartet of Felix Cassidy, Sam Wilson, Brendan Kelly and Alfieri Akin-Olugbade produced the fastest B team clocking in the relay and combined with the A team of Simpson, Jarvey, Fulcher and Saunders finished 2nd.   The Bicester quartet of Theodore Simms, Cassidy, Brendan Kelly and Saunders also took 2nd in the obstacle relay with a 1min 36.3secs clocking.  Oliver Kelly also competed for Bicester in the non scoring standing long jump and speed bounce.

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah had another strong competition in the all round under 15 boy’s competition finishing 2nd with individual wins in the standing triple jump (7.12m) and four lap race (50.4secs) as well as producing a best ever indoor putt of 8.26m in taking 2nd place in the shot.  Appiahkorang-Mensah also combined with Thomas Perry to win the paarlauf (1mins 47.9secs) with Perry also producing a new best of 1.77m in finishing 4th in the standing long jump.  The under 15 boy’s team finished in 2nd place.  

Bicester AC’s under 13 boys team put up a spirited display in their competition and although finishing 3rd they were just three points behind the winning Oxford City AC team.  Samuel Naidu Johnson produced a new best in the shot putt of 6.34m and along with Finley Harrell (5.20m) won the shot putt competition.  Naidu Johnson (34cms) and Jayden Beadle (42cms) combined to take 2nd in the vertical jump.  Cyrus Ariana ran well in the 6 lap event with the 3rd equal fastest time of 1min 31secs which was 2secs behind the winning effort.  And the Bicester quartet of Beadle, Harrell. Naidu Johnson and Harry Spencer finished 3rd behind the record breaking Banbury quartet clocking 1min 26.5secs.