Bicester AC performed superbly in last Sunday’s lower age group Midland North and East C Youth Development League Match held at Sutton Coldfield.  Bicester finished a superb 2nd out of the 6 competing teams finding just Coventry Godiva too strong.  Their efforts included two new club records in the girl’s sprint relays.

The under 15 girl quartet of Naomi Ejiogu, Georgia Bower, Jasmine Hendon and Bethany Wetton pushed Coventry Godiva all the way finishing 2nd with a 55.9secs clocking which was well inside the previous club record that had stood since 2015.  Not to be outdone, and after several near misses, the under 13 girl’s quartet of Olivia Naidu-Johnson, Grace Jarvey, Amber Busby and Isla Wooding ran a superb 58.2secs for 2nd place out of the 4 competing teams.

There was another tour de force from Naomi Ejiogu as she recorded superb wins in the shot and 200m. Ejiogu’s effort in the shot (7.87m) was a new best and her win in the 200m (27.8secs) was a national grade 4 effort.  Georgia Bower was again in superb form taking 2nd in the long jump with a new best of 4.25m and winning the A 100m with a swift 13.7secs.  She also gained good points in the discus with 13.90m, which was only just short of her best.  Bethany Wetton achieved something of a milestone with her first ever sub 3mins clocking in finishing 2nd in the 800m (2mins 49.6secs) and doubled up on bests with a putt of 5 metres in the shot.  Jasmine Hendon made a welcome return to action and her efforts included 2nd places in the B 200m (29.9secs) and B long jump (3.57m).

Bicester’s under 13 girls achieved two A string wins. Isla Wooding continues to improve in a range of events and produced a new magnificent best in winning the shot with a putt of 5.70m.  Wooding also improved her best in the 70m hurdles with 2nd in the A event and a 14.6secs clocking.   There was a good win for Amber Busby in the 800m (2mins 46.2secs).  Olivia Naidu – Johnson was beaten into 2nd place in the 75m but ran inside 11secs for the first time where her time of 10.9secs was a national grade 3 effort.  Grace Jarvey was in superb form in the sprints. She finished 2nd in the A 150m with a new best and national grade 4 clocking of 21.7secs.  Jarvey’s 2nd place in the B 75m (11.2secs) was also a new best and national grade 4 mark.

Fresh from his combined event’s performance last week, Rayson recorded a surprise win in the under 15 boy’s 800m with a new best time of 2mins 23.5secs.  Rayson was also 2nd in the 80m hurdles with a national grade 4 effort of 12.9secs.  Lincoln Jones also made an advancement in the javelin with a new best and A string 2nd place in the under 15 boy’s javelin (23.23m).  Jones was also 4th in the A 200m (27.7secs) and 3rd in the A 300m (43.2secs).  There was an excellent 2nd place in the under 15 boy’s A long jump for Robson Matthews (4.49m).   Kyle McLeod continue to progress in the shot and he produced a new best of 5.67m for 2nd and also took 3rd in the 100m (13.3secs).  And Jesse Carter achieved a trio of B string 2nd placings which included new bests in the 100m (13.2secs) and long jump (4.23m) as well as a 2nd place in the shot putt (5.65m).  And the quartet of Jones, Rayson, McLeod and Carter again performed well for 2nd in the sprint relay for runner up spot (52.2secs).

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah has an incredible win ratio in what is his first season in track and field athletics.  He was an easy winner of the under 13 boy’s 800m with a national grade 4 time of 2mins 31.3secs.  He equalled his long jump best with a national grade 4 leap of 4.27m.  And he was again victorious in the shot with a putt of 6.34m.  Finlay Haynes, in his first year in the under 13 age group continues to show promise in the throws and he was a good 3rd in the javelin (14.67m) as well as winning the B shot with 5.27m.