Bicester AC athletes were busy representing their schools in the various school county championship events that took place over the weekend. Alyssa Johnson was making her track and field competitive debut in last Saturday’s Bucks Schools County Championships held at Milton Keynes. Johnson won her heat of the 100m in impressive style and her time of 14.2secs was 5th fastest out of the 26 competing year 7 girls as well as being a national grade 4 mark. Johnson was also in impressive form in the minor girl’s high jump where she finished with a best clearance of 1.25m which was also a national grade 4 height.
Bicester AC’s Katie Groves was crowned champion in the inter girl’s high jump clearing 1.30m. Groves was also 3rd in the inter girl’s shot putt (7.79m). Tabitha Bosley improved her 800m personal best in finishing 2nd in the year 7 girl’s 800m which attracted a field of 16 runners. Bosley clocked 2mins 42.6secs which was 6 seconds quicker than her previous best time. She also competed in two field events which included a debut in the minor girl’s high jump where she was 7th (1.05m) and the javelin, where at her best she would have placed 2nd but was not able to produce a legal throw on the day.
William Morris competed in his first 800m of the year in the East Area Prep Schools Athletic Championships held in Bedford. He was 5th clocking 2mins 26secs, which represented a 17second improvement on his previous best.
Three Bicester AC athletes competed in the Oxfordshire Schools Athletics Championship. George Weston completed a sprint double in the under 20 men’s events equalling his personal best in the 200m (23.7secs) as well as running a season’s best in the 100m (11.8secs). Lewie Harris lowered his 800m personal best further with a superb effort in the under 15 boy’s race finishing 4th in 2mins 20.4 secs. And new Bicester AC runner Isaac Moran made his competitive track and field debut in the 1500 metres finishing 8th in the under 17 men’s event (5mins 10.7secs).
Two Bicester AC athletes both represented their independent schools area in the recently held National Independent Schools Association Athletics Championship held at Sportcity Manchester. Tabitha Bosley produced her best performance of the season to take a superb 2nd place in the under 13 girl’s 1500 metre event. Bosley was one of two athletes who dominated the race with Bosley missing out on first place by just 15 100s of a second. Bosley’s time of 5mins 16.14secs was over two seconds inside Bicester ACs under 13 girl’s 1500m record which had stood since 2016. Bosley’s time was also a national grade 3 mark. Alyssa Johnson followed up her fine effort in the Bucks Schools County event with another personal best leap in the under 13 girl’s high jump with a leap of 1.27m which was good enough for 3rd place.
Written by N Dolden