Bicester AC finished a very competitive 2nd in last Sunday’s Youth Development League Midland Division North and East C match held in Leicester.  Given the distance of the venue from Bicester there was a decent turnout on the day and only Coventry Godiva were stronger than Bicester of the 6 competing clubs.

Olivia Naidu – Johnson had not competed on the track since 2019 when still an under 11.  She performed superbly on the day producing the fastest time of the day in the under 13 girl’s 75m with a national grade 4 mark of 11.1secs.  Naidu – Johnson also produced the beat leap in the long jump competition with a massive new personal best of 3.87m, nearly 2 metres longer than her previous best.  Naidu Johnson also won the under 13 girl’s B string javelin in her first competitive attempt at the discipline  (6.82m).

Following on her performance in the previous week’s Oxfordshire Junior League, Naomi Ejiogu enjoyed another superb competition.  She again sprinted superbly to win the under 15 girl’s comfortably in 13.6secs which was just outside her best.  Ejiogu improved on her previous week’s long jump, leaping over 4 metres for the first time to finish 2nd in the A event (4.25m).  Ejiogu was also runner up in the shot with a  fine putt of 7.51m.

There was a big new personal best for Tabitha Bosley who knocked 25secs off her previous best in finishing 2nd in the under 13 girl’s 1200 metres (4mins 20secs).  Bosley also won the javelin competition (8.72m).  Bosley also ran her first ever 150m and did well to finish 2nd in the B event (23.1secs).   There was also a good win for Amber Busby in her first ever shot putt competition (4.94m) adding to Busby’s 2nd place in her specialist event the 800m (2mins 47secs).  Busby also won the B long jump with a best mark of 3.11m.  Grace Jarvey knocked 4 tenths of a second off her previous best in the 150m in finishing 2nd in the under 13 girl’s A 150m.  Jarvey also finished 2nd in the A 75m equalling her previous best (11.6secs) as well as taking 2nd in the A high jump (1.05m).  Jarvey then combined with Bosley, Busby and Naidu-Johnson to finish 2nd in the under 13 girl’s sprint relay just ducking under the 1 minute mark (59.9secs).   

The under 15 boys competed well as a team.  There was a double first for Kyle Rayson in the high jump where he leapt to a new personal best height of 1.49m as well as winning the 80 hurdles with a season’s best of 13.5secs.  Rayson also finished his second 800m of the Summer with 2nd in the A event (2mins 36.0secs).  There was a debut win in the A 300m for Kyle McLeod (43secs) and his putt of 3.59m was good enough to win the under 15 boy’s shot.  Jesse Carter had his busiest competition with the club and his efforts included a big new personal best in the 200m (28.0secs) as well as a good 2nd in his first ever shot (5.96m) as well as a win in the B 300m(45.0secs).  Robson Matthews was 2nd in the under 15 boy’s A long jump (4.62m) and also won the B javelin (15.10m) as well as running a personal best in the 200m (28.6secs).  And Lincoln Jones threw 18.40m in his debut at the javelin whilst his other efforts included a win in the B long jump (4.52m).  Matthews, Carter, McLeod and Jones also combined to run a swift 52.6secs for 2nd in the sprint relay.

Georgia Bower earned Bicester good points winning the under 15 girl’s B strong 100m with 14.2secs and recorded a further win in the B long jump (3.87m).  She also finished 2nd in the B shot with a good debut distance of 6.47m.  Abigail Jones and Bethany Wetton both teamed up in the under 15 girl’s 800m to record new personal bests of 2mins 58.0secs and 3mins 3.0secs respectively.  They also combined in the javelin with Jones throwing a best of 9,68m and Wetton winning the B string (7.68m).  Wetton also jumped right up to her best in the high jump with a 1.25m clearance. Jones, Wetton, Ejiogu and Bower combined forces in the sprint relay for 2nd (59.8secs).

Finlay Haynes carried the Bicester flag in the under 13 boy’s competition. He produced a winning putt in the shot (4.59m) as well as taking the high jump with a winning leap of 1.05m.  Haynes also finished runner up in the javelin (10.71m).  

Written by N Dolden