Five Bicester AC athletes took part in what is the traditional curtain raiser to the Oxfordshire track and field season the Charles Kear Memorial open graded meeting hosted by Radley AC which took place on Sunday at Tilsley Park. This was a good opportunity for athletes to blow off the winter cobwebs with performances assessed on a new England Athletic’s grading system called PB awards which complements the existing grading system and introduces a broader range of levels.
Kyle Rayson enjoyed a very successful weekend’s competition. Fresh from competing for Oxfordshire at Saturday’s National Sportshall finals held in Stoke. Rayson was making his debut in the under 17 age group and showed little sign of any tiredness from the previous day’s competition. Rayson achieved a hat trick of personal bests which included his first 5 metre plus long jump (5.05m), a national level 3 performance, and he also cleared 1.60m for the first time in the high jump (level 3). Rayson also made a fine debut in the 100m hurdles clocking 16.18secs which was a level 3 clocking.
Fresh from his efforts from the cross country season Ben Groves had a very busy afternoon but performed well over a range of different jumping events as well as the 400m. Groves’ highest national level performance was in triple jump where he continues to show promise and he was only just short of his best with an under 20 level 4 performance of 12.08m. Groves also jumped well in the long jump with a level 3 5.54m distance and also attained a level 3 mark in the high jump (1.63m), which was also the highest jump of any of the competitors on the day. Turning his attention to the track Groves also clocked a level 2 57.46secs in the 400m.
Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah has been busy over both cross country and sportshall during the Winter and he made a promising start to competition in the under 15 age group with a new best clocking in the 800m of 2mins 21.36secs (level 3) knocking some 4 secs of his previous best. Yasmin Shepphard was also competing in the under 15 age group for the first time and she came away with two new bests. Sheppard was well inside her previous best in the long jump leaping to a level 2 mark of 3.69m and competed on her first ever discuss competition throwing 11.16m.
Oliver Jarvey was Bicester’s sole competitor in the under 11 quad competition whose performances included the 75m (12.06secs), 600m (2mins 7.46sec), long jump (2.54m) and howler throw (20.67m).