Bicester athletes in stunning form

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Bicester Athletics Club were resounding winners of their first Division Three league fixture held at Banbury.

Despite the season only just starting, several of Bicester’s track and field athletes were in fine form with a string of excellent performances.

Amy Gould has already lowered the 1500m club record for the U13 age group this season and she produced another top notch performance to land the A string in 5.39 minutes.

She followed this up with a surprising first place in the high jump, leaping to a new personal best mark of 1.23m.

The ever-improving Tom Couzens also pushed the bar up to win the U13 boys’ event with 1.34m. He made it a jump double by landing the long jump with a leap of 4.39m.

Fellow U13 competitor Hayden Durrant was in brilliant form in the field events as he won both the javelin (23.29m) and B string long jump (4.11m). He was well supported in the B string javelin as Joshia Edwards-Giroud landed the spoils with 19.66m.

Holly Griffiths Brown once again showed her versatility in the U13 events, landing her specialist event the 800m (2.43), which she combined with an excellent winning leap in the long jump (3.63m). Molly Acton was also a winner in the long jump, taking the B string with 3.17m. In the boy’s U13 800m event, Thomas Kavanagh was runner-up in 2.44.

Jess Cherry produced another excellent effort in the U17 girls’ shot, falling just short of her personal best with a winning putt of 10.40m. The U15 girls were also successful in the shot put as Rhiannon Penfold (7.84m) and Orlaif Lyford (5.71m) both won, while Holly Hunter took the javelin.

Bicester were completely dominant in the U11 girls’ quad events as they dropped winning points in only one of the eight strings contested.

Millie Cozens won both the long jump (3.56m) and 75m (11.9secs). Amelia Cox and Emelia Sims had a good battle in the howler with the former landing the A string with a mark of 19.73m, just 17cms ahead of Sims.

Freddie Taylor was in scintillating form as he took the 600m as well as finishing second in the howler (21.50m) and the long jump (3.20m).