Bicester AC improved their points tally in round 2 of the UK Development League lower age group Midland North and East Division C fixture held last Sunday at Nuneaton.  Fielding a total of 11 athletes Bicester finished on 139 points.   Wins proved hard to come by with just 4 A string wins and three of those were from one athlete.  Bicester AC was not able to field an under 13 girl’s team.

Bicester AC’s Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah excelled in the under 15 boy’s team competition following his stellar performances in the County Championships a week earlier.  He recorded a hat trick of wins producing another excellent series of performances.  He produced another EA PB level 6 run in the 800m to win in a time of 2mins 9.70secs, his second sub 2mins 10secs 800m clocking within the space of 7 days.  He was also a winner in the 80m hurdles and his clocking of 12.9secs was only .03secs short of his personal best in what was only his second competitive outing at this discipline.  The other win in Appiahkorang-Mensah’s treble was the long jump where he leapt 4.82m.

Bicester had five athletes in the under 13 boy’s competition.  Felix Cassidy achieved the only under 13 A string in the 800m with his second sub 3 minute clocking (2mins 58.90secs) which was not far short of his best.  Finley Harrell was in good form with new bests in finishing 4th in the 150m (23.00secs) as well as setting a new best in finishing 3rd in the B 75m (11.50secs).  Harrell was also a good 3rd in the A string long jump with a season’s best of 3.43m.  Oliver Jarvey scored good points in the 75m where he was 4th in 11.50secs and also managed runner up in his first ever shot putt (3.91m).  Zach O’Regan was competing in his first under 13 competition and competed well in his first ever javelin (9.11m) for 3rd place as well as clearing 1.10m in the high jump for runner up spot.  And Shay Gallagher achieved Bicester’s only B win on the day with first in B javelin (8.32m) which was his debut performance in this event.  The quartet of O’Regan, Jarvey, Gallagher and Harrell combined to finish 3rd in the 4 by 100m relay (61.70secs) which was an improvement on their first round effort.                  

There was a good team effort by the under 15 Bicester girl athletes but wins were elusive.  Erin Griffiths is competing in her first competitive track and field season and she ended the competition with three new personal bests.  She managed to improve the mark that she set earlier in the season in finishing 3rd in the A long jump (3.88m).  Griffiths also set new bests in the 200m (31.30secs) and 1500 metres (6mins 11.5secs).  Olivia Naidu -Johnson was 4th in a very competitive under 15 girl’s 100 metres with her 2nd best ever clocking of 14.00secs.  Naidu-Johnson also did well in her first ever discus competition throwing 14.58m for 4th as well as jumping 1.20m for 3rd in the high jump.  Kate O’Malley blew away the cobwebs in her first track competition since the cross country season which included a new personal best in the A 300m with 53.2secs.  Grace Jarvey’s efforts included a good 3rd in the 200m clocking 29.9secs.  And Lucy Potter was having only her second ever competition and she was only just short of her best in the 800m where she finished 5th in 3mins 2.80secs.  The quartet of Naidu-Johnson, Jarvey, Griffiths and O’Malley combined to take 3rd in the 4 by 100 metre relay (56.70secs).