Bicester AC secured three team wins and broke three league records in the recently held 3rd round of the Oxfordshire Sportshall League event held at Wantage.

The under 13 boys finished a valiant 2nd in the team event (juts two points off first place) which included a new league record in the six-lap event set by Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah (1mins 23secs) as he and Henry Unger (1mins 33secs) combined to take maximum points.   Appiahkorang-Mensah (6.24m) and Unger (5.94m) combined again to take maximum points in the triple jump.  And there was also maximum points for Thomas Perry, who was making his debut in a shot putt competition (6.19m) and Finlay Haynes (5.86m).

Bicester’s set a new league record in the under 11 boy’s obstacle relay as the team achieved their first league win of the season.  The team consisting of Finlay Harrell, William Cleaver, Jayden Beadle and Charlie Simpson clocked a superb win, a full 4 seconds ahead of runners up Witney.  There was further success for Bicester in the chest push with William Cleaver achieving the longest throw in the competition at 7.15m and debutant Zachary O Regan producing the furthest throw (5.52m) of the B string competitors.  Jayden Beadle produced the competition’s highest vertical jump (49cms) and combined with Finlay Harrell (37cms) to secure maximum points for Bicester.  And there was an outstanding performance by the Bicester quartet in the speed bounce with the team of Charlie Simpson. Cyrus Ariana, Oliver Jarvey and Felix Cassidy producing a combined total of 187 points to take maximum points with Simpson’s effort of 52 bounces the best score amongst the 28 competitors.

Bicester’s third new league record came in the under 13 girl’s obstacle relay race with the team finishing in runner up spot just three points away from first.  The obstacle relay quartet comprised Grace Jarvey, Charlotte Hornby, Yasmine Sheppard and Olivia Naidu-Johnson and won with a time of 1mins 23.6secs, nearly three seconds ahead of the runner up time.  There was a further win in the triple jump with Naidu-Johnson (5.54m) and Jarvey (5.33m) combining to secure maximum points for   

Bicester.  Bicester’s other win I came in the 4 by 2 lap relay (1mins 44.4secs).  Yasmine Sheppard (6.67m) and Erin Horseman (4.61m) combined to take 2nd place in the shot and Sheppard (1mins 32secs) teamed up with Mia Considine (1mins 36secs) to take 3rd place in the 6 lap event.  Charlotte Hornby (44cms) and Liv Babister (35cms) teamed up to take 4th in the vertical jump.  The combined Bicester under 13 team is in 2nd  place after three events.

There were strong team and individual performances in the under 15 competition with Bicester winning the boys and girl’s team competitions.  Bicester had four girls in the under 15 girl’s competition and there was a dominant display by Kristin Senior who won each of the three individual events she competed in.  This included a win in the 2 lap (25.5secs) event with just 0.3secs separating the top three finishers with teammates Naomi Ejiogu and Georgia Bower 2nd and 3rd.  Senior was a comfortable winner in the vertical jump with 60cms as well as taking the speed bounce competition (81 bounces) with teammate Bethany Wetton in 3rd (73).  Naomi Ejiogu produced a superb win in the shot with an 8 metre plus putt (8.11m) beating teammate Georgia Bower who was 2nd with 6.38m.  Bicester were also victorious in the under 15 girl’s relay (1mins 45.4secs).  Bicester lead the under 15 girl standings after three events.

Bicester’s under 15 boy’s team were also in dominant form.  Lincoln Jones completed a trio of wins   Jones’s triple jimp was 70cms in advance of 2nd place as he leapt to 7.76m with sportshall debutant and teammate Benjamin Shangkuan in 5th (6.64m).  Jones also took the 2 lap event (23.5secs) with Shangkuan in 3rd (26.1secs).  Just two bounces separated the top five placings in the speed bounce with Jones and Robson Matthews amongst the trio of first placed athletes with 78 bounces.  Kyle Rayson just got the better of Matthews in a closely contested long jump competition with Rayson jumping 2.44m, one cm in front of Matthews.  However it was Matthews who came off best in the four lap event in 2nd  place  (52.4secs) with Rayson 3rd in 52.8secs.  Rayson also had a close fought competition in the under 15 boy’s shot with his best putt of 9.12m good enough for first place by a margin of 12cms.  There was a also a win for the Bicester team in the relay (1min 36.4secs).  Bicester are 2nd in the under 15 boy standings after three events.

The under 11 girls, having taken first place in the team competition in rounds 1 and 2 had to be content with 3rd place on this occasion.  Wins were hard to come by with the best placing achieved by Imogen Unger and Emilia Beadle (making her competitive debut) who combined for 2nd place in the vertical jump.  Lily Childs produced the highest number of bounces in the speed bounce competition (53) to lead the quartet, that also included Isla Considine, Brianna Senior and Maya Korn (making her sportshall debut), in to third place.  The combined under 11 Bicester team is 2nd after three events.