The first round of the Oxfordshire League took place last Sunday at a distinctly Autumnal Horspath.  It was a very successful day for the Bicester AC’s under 11 boy’s team as they provided both the individual first and second individuals as well as the team winners in the quad competition.  Bicester also provided the individual and team winners in the under 9 girl’s competition.

There was a brilliant one two for Bicester in the under 11 boy’s quad competition where athletes compete over four events i.e. runs over 75m and 600m, the long jump and the vortex throw.  Charlie Simpson ran out a comprehensive winner and was the the only athlete out of the 55 competing athletes to amass over 200 points.   This included an extraordinary improvement in the long jump where he jumped over a metre longer than his previous best mark with the best jump in the competition (3.83m).  Simpson produced further bests in the 75m with the equal best time of 11.6secs and an impressive improvement in the vortex throw (20.44m).  Bicester’s Levi Fulcher enjoyed a very impressive quad debut with a consistent string  of performances earning him runner up spot with 188 points.  This included an impressive long jump of 3.61m which was 2nd only to Simpson in length.  Further down the field Theodore Simms also produced an impressive quad debut finishing 17th overall which included an impressive 12 seconds for the 75m.  Other Bicester competitors were Jacinto Christie who was 24th with Bicester’s longest vortex throw of 22.83m, a new best throw, Brendan Kelly who was 35th and Oliver Kelly 54th with     three new bests in the 600m, 75m and long jump.  Bicester had just one competitor in the under 9 boy’s quad competition with Franek Markiewicz finishing 19th.

There was a brilliant debut quad performance by Bicester’s Ottilie Maclean who finished first in the under 9 girl’s event with 121 points, a score which was better than that achieved by many of the under 11’s.  She produced the fastest times in both the 75m (13.0secs) and an exceptional 2mins 22.8secs clocking in the 600m.  She led the team to a superb win with Bicester’s other placings Layla Hendon 7th, Cherry Bartholomew 8th and April Perry 9th.  There were six Bicester athletes in the under 11 quad’s competition with Hannah Parsons finishing in 15th place (146 points) which included a new bests in the long jump (2.69m) and 600m (2mins 17.00secs).  Emilia Beadle equalled her best in the 75m (12.8secs) on her way to 29th (124 points).  Other Bicester placings were Olivia Maxwell 31st, Isabelle Bryan 50th, Lorelei Whelan 53rd and Emma Surman 59th.

Bicester AC’s older age groups found wins harder to come by but there were still some impressive individual performances with ultimately a lack of numbers impacting on final positions in the team competitions.  There was a superb first run in the older age group for Oliver Jarvey in the under 13 boy’s 100m where he finished 2nd in what was a very competitive race with a superb EA PB level 5 run of 13.9secs.  There was a trio of personal bests for Kayden Curtis including a PB level 4 throw of 17m in finishing 2nd in the under 13 A discus, a PB level 4 throw of 21.31m in the javelin and a new best of 3.69m in the long jump.  Finlay Harrell beat 4 other competitors to take the B shot (4.79m) and Charlie Joiner improved his personal best in the under 13 boy’s 1500m to take 3rd in the A event (5mins 43secs).  Jayden Beadle was just short of his best in taking 3rd place in the A shot (4.90m) and jumped 1.10m in his high jump debut.  And Felix Cassidy’s efforts included a 3mins 10.2secs in the 800m.  The team finished 3rd in the final under 13 boy standings.

There was a superb win for Olivia Naidu Johnson as she beat 5 other competitors to take the A under 15 girl’s 100m with a big new personal best and PB level 5 performance of 13.4secs.  Naidu Johnson also finished an excellent 2nd in the A long jump with a PB  level leap of 4.19m which was just short of her best.  Grace Jarvey’s efforts included a 3rd place in the A 200m (30.8secs) and a 2nd in the B long jump (3.97m).  Grace Fulcher threw the discus for the first time (10.56m) and both Fulcher and Liv Babister threw the increased weight of the shot for the first time with putts of 5.22m and 4.10m respectively.  The under 15 girl’s team finished equal 5th.

Wins were hard to come by for Bicester’s under 15 boy’s team but Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah was in splendid form in bis three individual events producing a trio of new bests.  Best of these was in the A 800m where he ran a PB level 5 time of 2mins 12.5secs to beat 5 others.  He competed in only his 2nd high jump leaping to another PB level 5 mark of 1.45m to finish 3rd and also produced his best outdoor shot to putt 8.32m.  Darragh Cassidy ran well for 3rd in the A 1500 metres clocking 5mins 3.6secs.  Theo Cogan was in personal best form in the 100m (14.80secs) and long jump (3.31m).  There were also a best for Max Finnegan in the 800m where he was 2nd in the B string (2mins 47.3secs) and the long jump (3.70m).  The team finished 6th.

There were just two Bicester AC athletes in the under 17 woman’s competition.  There was a double first in the 100m with Naomi Ejiogu taking a competitive A event in a PB level 5 time of 13.10secs.  Georgia Bower best 4 other athletes to take the B string in anew personal best time 12.0secs, also a PB level 5 time.  Bower did well to finish 2nd in the A long jump with a PB level 4 mark of 4.51m whilst Ejiogu competed in her first shot putt of the season where she finished 2nd with 8.55m.  The team finished 6th.

Bicester AC’s George Hart and Kyle Rayson covered the under 17 men’s events.  Kyle Rayson produced two PB level 4 performances in the jumps finishing 2nd in the A long jump with a new best of 5.44m as well as finishing 4th in what was a closely contested high jump (1.50m).  George Hart finished runner up in the A 1500 metres (4mins 52.9secs) and competed in his first ever 400m where he clocked 64.30secs.  The team finished in 6th place.

All but one of the Bicester AC’s under 13 girl’s performances was a personal best with the team finishing 6th.  There was an outstanding performance by Olivia Neptune in her first ever long jump in the under 13 age group and she produced a new personal best and PB level 5 performance of 3.54m for 5th in the A event.  Neptune also ran well for runner up spot in the B 100m clocking 15.8secs.  Bicester’s highest A string position was achieved by Maya Korn who produced a new best of 4.20m to take 4th place in the shot.  Megan Surman was having only her second competitive track and field outing and she ran well to duck under the 6 minute barrier for 5th in the A string 1500 metres (5mins 57.7secs) as well as finishing 4th in the B 200 metres (34.00secs).  Brianna Senior was having her first run in the older age group and her efforts included a 17.50 secs in the 100m.

Bicester were prominent in some of the non scoring races which allowed some of the older Bicester athletes to compete.  Having recently broken the under 20 men’s 100m club record Django La Porte was at it again as he lowered the club record still further to a new mark of 11.5secs.  He is now one of three Bicester athletes who have run the 100m in 11.5secs.  La Porte also ran well in the 200m where he clocked 24.5secs and was in good form in the long jump where he leapt to 5.17m.  Noah Gulvin, fresh from running on the road on Thursday, ran his first ever 400m and produced a good looking time of 57.6secs.  Gulvin was just outside of his best in the 1500m where he clocked 4m38.7secs.