Bicester AC produced a superb effort to finish 3rd in the final round of their lower age group UK Development League Midland North East Division B match held on Saturday in Daventry. This was due in no small part to the 24 personal bests set by the Bicester contingent of out of the 33 events they competed in.
Bicester’s sole win came in the under 15 boy’s 800m where Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah finished close to his best winning a closely fought contest with 2mins 18.3secs. He was supported by Marcus Baker, who made it a double first for Bicester, in winning the B event in a new best of 2mins 27.1secs. Appiahkorang-Mensah ran a new best himself in finishing runner up in the 100m (13.1secs) as well competing close to his best in the long jump taking 2nd with 4.71m. Baker’s other efforts included a national grade 4 and new EA level 7 clocking in finishing 2nd in the 300m with a 41.3secs clocking.
There were some very good performances from the three Bicester under 15 girls. Georgia Bower produced a superb EA level 5 1.35m clearance in only her 2nd attempt at the high jump to take 3rd. She also took 3rd place in a high quality 100m with an EA level 6 time of 13.4secs as well as finishing runner up in the discus with a throw of 12.66m. Grace Jarvey also contested a very classy 200m finishing 5th in a new best and EA level 7 time of 29.1secs. Jarvey took 2nd in the B Long Jump with a new best leap of 4.10. Her teammate Angelica Bird also performed well to take 2nd in the A event with 4.21m. Bird also ran a new best of 14.9secs in finishing 2nd in the B 100m.
All of Bicester’s 6 competitors in the under 13 events are at the junior end of their age group. Jayden Curtis, who was only competing in his 2nd event for Bicester, produced some very promising performances in the three events he contested. He produced a very good 1.20m clearance for 3rd place in his first ever high jump. He also threw a very fine 15.99m for 3rd in the A javelin as well as placing 4th in his first ever 150m (22.6secs). Cameron Waters ran under 3 minutes for the first time with a good runner up spot in the 800m (2mins 51.5secs). He also produced another new best finishing a good 2nd in the shot (5.18m) as well as throwing 10.40m for 3rd in the B event in his debut at the discipline.
Finlay Harrell and Jayden Beadle competed well for Bicester in the under 13 boy’s long jump both exceeding 3 metres for the first time. Harrell’s jump of 3.41m qualified him for the A event where he was 3rd. And Beadle had the consolation of winning the B event with a good leap of 3.35m. Both Harrell and Beadle paired up again in the 75m with Beadle finishing 2nd in the A string event with a new best of 12.0secs. Harrell also lowered his best with 12.2secs in the B event. Beadle also supported Waters in the shot where he was 2nd in the B event, in his first attempt at the discipline putting a decent 4.91m. Harrell also cleared 1.05m in his first ever attempt at the high jump for 3rd in the B string. And the quartet of Curtis, Harrell, Water and Beadle narrowly missed out on 2nd as they combined in the 4 by 100m metre relay for 3rd and a 61.6secs clocking.
Bicester’s two girls performed well in the under 13 competition. Maya Korn produced a promising effort for 3rd in the 1200 metres with a good clocking of 4mins 45.7secs in her first attempt at the distance. Her teammate Lily Childs was also making her debut at the distance and was 2nd in the B event with 5mins 5.1secs. Childs was the faster of the two in the 150m, despite contesting the B string, clocking a good 22.3secs on her debut at the distance. Korn, also making her debut at the distance, was 5th in the A event (25.7sec). Lily Childs was also a good 3rd in a competitive long jump (3.37m) where Korn was also 3rd in the B event with her first ever 3m plus jump (3.09m).