The final round of the Oxfordshire Sportshall took place last Sunday in Witney. Two league records were broken and there some superb results in the various team results. There were wins on the day for both of the Bicester under 15 boys and girl teams and after a slow start to the season, both teams picked up momentum to win their respective league titles. Both the Bicester under 11 boy’s team and under 11 girl’s team were winners on the day with a first place in the final league position for the under 11 girl’s team and a 2nd place for the under 11 boy’s team which resulted in a final league 2nd place when the under 11 points were combined. There were two runner up positions on the day for Bicester’s under 13 boy’s team and Bicester’s under girl’s team resulting in the same position in the final league standings as well as runner up spot, when the points the under 13 boys and girls were combined.
Lincoln Jones, in his final competition for the club, went out on a high with the highest points score on the day in the individual under 15 boy’s all round competition. Jones broke the league record in winning the two lap event with 22.6sesc in which Bicester debutant, Daniel Ojo was 2nd fastest clocking 22.9secs. Marcus Baker, also making his Bicester debut was 5th quickest (24secs). Jones was a comfortable winner of the triple jump with a winning mark of 7.58m, 60cms further than the 2nd place mark. And there was a win in the speed bounce for Jones (84) with teammate Robson Matthews a good 3rd (80). Kyle Rayson just missed out on a maximum score in his three events. Rayson won the long jump with 2.47m, just 2cm longer than teammate Matthews with Ojo back in 3rd (2.15m). Rayson’s other win came courtesy of the 4 lap event (48.6secs) with Matthews back in 3rd (51.4secs). Rayson however just missed out on first in the shot with 2nd place (9.49m), just 26cms shy of the winning putt. Bicester’s other under 15 competitor was Benjamin Shangkuan, whose best individual placing was in the 4 lap event where he finished 5th equal (53.2secs). Bicester newcomers Baker and Ojo combined to take the paarlauf event (1min 40.1sec) and the quartet of Shankguan, Rayson, Jones and Matthews took the relay event (1min 33.7secs).
Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah shattered another existing league record with the fastest time in the under 13 boy’s 4 lap race (49.7secs) and along with Max Finnegan (54.80secs) took maximum points in this event. The under 13 boy’s team won half of the events but they were unable to field a team in the 8 laps paarlauf which cost them any chance of a team victory. Appiahkorang-Mensah produced the longest combined jump in the triple jump (6.30m) and along with Henry Unger (6.04m) took maximum points. Appiahkorang-Mensah was also the fastest in the two lap event (23.9secs) and along with Max Finnegan (26.1secs) produced the best combined time. Finlay Haynes and Thomas Perry combined well in the shot putt for 2nd place with puts of 6.21m and 6.15m respectively. And the 4 by 2 lap relay team of Appiahkorang-Mensuh, Finnegan, Unger and Perry produced a winning effort of 1min 42.6secs.
Bicester AC’s Kristen Senior achieved maximum points in the under 15 all round girl’s competition with teammate Naoimi Ejiogu just one point away from the maximum. The two lap event turned out to be a pivotal event with a one, two, three for Bicester with Senior, the fastest on 24.3secs, just one tenth of second ahead of Ejiogu (24.4secs) and teammate Bicester runner, Georgia Bower 3rd (24.8secs). Senior also secured maximum points in the vertical jump (57cms) and speed bounce (84) with teammate Bethany Wetton back in 4th (75). Ejiogu’s two wins came in the shot (8.50m) finishing ahead of Bicester teammate Georgia Bower (6.84m) and the long jump (2.26m) with teammate Bower back in 3rd (2.06m). Wetton’s highest placing event was the 4 lap event where she was 2nd (61.7secs) And the Bicester quartet of Senior, Wetton, Ejiogu and Bower combined to take the relay (1mins 41.7secs).
There was a good strong performance from the Bicester under 11 girl’s team. The team of Lily Childs, Olivia Neptune, Brianna Senior and Isla Considine combined to take the speed bounce (192) with Childs, who has been excellent in this competition all season, equal top scoring with 53 steps and Considine also performing well with 51 steps. The individual one lap times, when combined, were enough to secure the win for the Bicester quartet of Neptune, Child, Imogen Unger and Charlotte Beaugrand (55.1secs). Neptune’s time of 13.40 secs was the equal quickest individual time. Emilia Beadle showed improvement in the vertical jump (43cms) finishing second in combination Unger (40cms).
Bicester’s under 11 boy’s team had a thrilling battle with Witney with the destination of top position going down to the wire. Witney just got the verdict in the 4 by 1 lap relay finishing 1 second in front of Bicester which enabled them to finish equal first on the day with Bicester. Bicester had two wins with the speed bouncing quartet of Charlie Simpson, Cyrus Ariana, Finlay Harrell and Oliver Jarvey amassing an impressive combined total of 200 which included Simpson’s highest individual score of 53. Bicester’s other win came in the chest push with William Cleaver (7.25m) combining with Zachary O Regan (5.69). Cleaver’s throw of 7.25m was the highest individual throw of the competition. Bicester second placings included Cleaver and Ariana’s combined time in the three lap event and Jayden Beadle and Emmerson McAndrew-Uren who combined to take 2nd in the vertical jump. Bicester under 13 girl’s team again performed well to finish 2nd. Olivia Naidu-Johnson and Grace Jarvey combined twice to give Bicester their two wins. Their individual times were combined in the two lap event with Naidu-Johnson recording the fastest individual time (25.1secs) with Jarvey wading in with 25.60secs. They then combined to win the triple jump with Naidu-Johnson jumping 5.87m and Jarvey 5.63m. Yasmine Sheppard was the second fastest over four laps (56.60secs) and combined with Jess Shepherd (60.30secs) for 3rd place. Sheppard putted over 6 metres 6.05m) in the shot putt and combined with Erin Horseman (4.61m) for 4th. And Mia Considine (42cms) and Molly Steward (39cms) finished 5th in the vertical jump.