Bicester AC’s athletes put up a sterling effort in their 2nd round UK Development Midland Division North and East C match held last Saturday in Nuneaton.   Nine Bicester athletes made the trip covering the full programme of track and field events in the boy and girl under 13 and 15 age groups.   In the event they amassed an impressive 160 point haul to place 4th out of the 6 competing teams.  During the afternoon an impressive 18 personal bests were set by Bicester athletes and three national grade marks were achieved.

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah was only appearing in his second track and field meeting having made an impressive debut just a few weeks ago.  Appiahkorang-Mensah achieved ani impressive triple of wins setting new personal bests in the under 13 boy’s shot putt (6.79m), long jump (4.14m) and 800 metres (2mins 28.9secs).  Each of these performances would have headed the corresponding Bicester under 13 boy rankings for 2021 and the new season has barely started.  Appiahkorang-Mensah’s performance in the 800m was a national grade 4 mark and he is starting to close in on the under 13 boy’s 800m record which has stood since 2010.

By his standards it has taken Kyle Rayson a bit of time to get up to speed in the 80m hurdles but he came good with a vengeance on Saturday winning the under 15 boy’s 80m hurdles in a new personal best time of 12.7secs.  This was also a national grade 3 mark and was one of two wins for Rayson as he impressively took the shot putt with another personal best (7.57m).  Rayson was also 3rd in the long jump (4.30m).

Georgia Bower has started the season impressively and set an impressive new 100m best in winning the under 15 girl’s 100m (13.50secs) which was also a national grade 4 mark.  Bower again jumped well for runner up spot in the long jump (3.92m) and gained good points for the club in the discus placing 3rd (12.21m).

Apart from Rayson, the other under 15 boys competed superbly.  Rayson combined with Kyle McLeod, Lincoln Jones and Jess Carter to produce a superb performance in the under 15 boy’s 4 by 100 metre relay.  Although pipped at the post by one tenth of a second, Bicester ran the fastest time by an under 15 boy’s quartet sine 2013 clocking an impressive 51.20secs, which was not far short of the club record.

New Bucks County 100m champion, Kyle McLeod, set three new personal bests.  This included a 13.00secs clocking in the 100m and 26.2secs in the 200m.  McLeod also leapt to a new personal best in the high jump with a best clearance of 1.30m.  Lincoln Jones also set two new bests in finishing 2nd in the 300m (42.70secs) and 200m (26.30m).  Jones also threw 18.10 m in the javelin.  And Jesse Carter ran well in clocking 13.40secs in the 100m as well as setting a new best in the long jump (4.10m).

Bethany Wetton was another Bicester athlete to achieve a trio of personal bests.  Wetton smashed her previous high jump with a new best clearance of 1.35m in the under 15 girl’s event.  Wetton came tantalisingly close to breaking the 3 minute barrier in the 800m but still produced her best ever run for 3rd  (3mins 00.50secs).  Wetton was also 3rd in the 300m (56.10secs).  Angelica Bird made her sprinting debut clocking 15.10secs in the under 15 girl’s 100m and 32.60secs in the 200m as well leaping 3.28m in the long jump.

Finlay Haynes continues to perform well in the throwing events where his throw of 14.70m was good enough for 2nd in the under 13 boy’s javelin as well as winning the B shot putt with 5.16m.        

Written by N Dolden