A number of Bicester AC athletes contested Sunday’s Radley AC Open meeting held at Tilsley Park. Five performances achieved national grade performance standard. Louie Harris ran a grade 4 time in his first ever 800m. Harris in clocking 2mins 33.27secs was the fastest under 13 boy on the day. Another of the graded performances came in the 1500m as Finley Colverson Martin lowered his previous best mark in the 1500 metres with a national grade 4 clocking of 4mins 24.63secs which was the second best under 17 men’s time.
Kyle Rayson continued his fine run of form in the 80m hurdles with another grade 4 and win in the under 15 boy’s race clocking 13.02secs. Rayson also achieved a landmark effort in the 100m as he broke 13secs for the first time (12.88secs), which was also the fastest time by an under 15 boy on the day. Samuel Rayson was not far short of his best winning the high jump with 1.80m clearance and also set a new personal best in the discus (26.65m)
There was a good contingent of Bicester AC athletes competing in the quad competition. Best placed on the day was Finlay Haynes in 13th overall position with 166 points which included another impressive vortex throw of 34.47m. He was challenged hard by Jaxon Lews, who is still an under 9, and was just 9 points behind Haynes on 157 points. Lewis produced an impressive sub 12mins personal best clocking in the 75m (11.96secs) as well as setting a new personal best in the long jump (2.81m). Other Bicester competitors included Joshua Bird, Amaya Lewis and Nancy Alcraft.
Noah Gulvin competed well in both the 300m and 200m. Gulvin achieved another national grade 4 mark in winning the 300m (41.9secs) and was not far off his best in the 200m (26.27secs). Grace Jarvey clocked a sub 15mins clocking (14.97secs) for the first time in the 100m and also set a personal best in the long jump (3.47m). Teammate Angelica Bird finished 4th in the under 13 girl’s long jump with a new best of 3.83m.
Emily Benfield competed in both the long jump (3.94m) and 100m (14.76secs). Freya Derry, in her first ever external athletics competition did well to place 3rd in the shot with a putt of 5.95m as well as clocking 15.5secs in the 100m.
Written by N Dolden