Bicester Ac’s athletes were back in action for the second round of their Midland Division 1F Youth Development League match held at Rugby.  As with the first round the competition was as hot as the weather.  However, several athletes emerged with personal bests with the team finishing a creditable 4th.

Tabitha Bosley produced two very promising efforts in her first attempts at the 800 metres and the javelin.  Bosley finished 4th in a competitive A string under 13 girls 800 metres heat clocking 2mins 48.5secs. a good effort for an athlete at the junior end of her age group.  She also enjoyed a very good javelin competition with a best throw of 14.99m, good enough for 2nd in the A string and only just short of a national graded throw distance.

Fresh from winning the internal Bicester AC under 13 girl’s quad competition the previous weekend, Angelica Bird competed in her first ever club competition.  And Bird was rewarded with a national grade 4 clearance of 1.25m earning her 3rd place in the A high Jump.  Bird was also a good 2nd in the A 70m hurdles clocking 14.2secs.

Grace Jarvey has made good progress in the running events during the Summer, and she returned a national grade 4 time of 22.4secs in finishing 3rd in the under 13 girl’s B 150 metres.  Jarvey also finished 4th in the A 75 metres (11.6secs) knocking 2.4secs off her previous best.

Jarvey, Bird and Bosley combined with Amber Busby to finish 4th in the 4 by 100 metre relay clocking 61.9secs, a season’s best for the under 13 girl’s 4 by 100 metres quartet.  Busby also managed to break the 800 metre barrier for the first time clocking 2mins 59.8secs and also set new personal bests in the 75m metres (23.8secs) as well as the long jump (3.20m).  Other Bicester AC under 13 girl competitors included Eloise Le Monnier Press who ran a new personal best in the B string 75m (12.0secs) and Maya Evans who set a new personal best in the 75m (14.0secs).

Bicester were short on numbers in the under 15 boy events but both Bicester AC athletes came away with personal bests.  Kyle Rayson just failed to win the under 15 boy’s 80m hurdles but improved almost a second on previous runs (13.4secs).  Rayson also ran well in the 200 metres clocking a swift 26.9secs taking 4th place in the A 200 metres.

There was also a massive new personal best and impressive advancement for Robson Matthews in the long jump.  Matthews finished 4th in the under 15 boy’s A event jumping 4.62m which was 1.32m in advance of his previous best.  Matthews produced a trio of bests on the day clocking 29.5secs for 4th place in the B string 200 metres (29.5secs) as well ducking under 16 secs (15.9secs) for 2nd in the B 80m hurdles.

William Richardson made his track debut for the club and ran a competitive 3rd in the A under 13 boy’s 800 metres clocking 2mins 53.4secs.  William Morris produced a big improvement in the under 13 boy’s 75metres clocking 11.1secs for 3rd in the A string as well as clocking a decent looking 4mins 15.1secs for 5th in the A 1200 metres.  Luke Whitmore placed 3rd in the under 13 boy’s B 1200 metres (4mins 33,5secs) and leapt 3.55m for 4th place in A long jump.

Bicester had three athletes covering the under 15 girl events.  Katie Groves produced her longest jump in club colours leaping 4.01metres in the A event.  Groves also cleared 1.25m in the A high jump as well as putting 6.68m in the shot for 2nd in the A event.  There was a new personal best for Jasmine Hendon in the A 200 metres (29.3secs) where she finished 4th.  Hendon also took 4th in the A 100 metres.  And Bethany Wetton had a successful day setting a trio of new personal bests which included a 3mins 6.1secs clocking in the 800m, a sub 16second clocking in the 100m (15.8secs) and a 41cms improvement in the long jump (3.53m).

Written by N Dolden