Superb U11s storm to overall victory

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A team of 34 athletes from Bicester Athletic Club competed in round four of the Oxfordshire Sportshall League at Kidlington Leisure Centre.

Leading the way was the U11 boys, who finished the day with another first place and overall victory. The quartet of Josiah Edwards-Giraud, Lucas Williams, Thomas Kavanagh and Charlie Shaw set the tone for the day with victory in the one-lap races.

Edwards-Giraud then teamed up with Ellis Griffiths-Brown, Cody McDonnell and Ben Groves for another win, this time in the speed bounce, before Kavanagh and Williams ran strongly to triumph in the three-lap races.

The on-form Edwards-Giraud threw a new league record of 23.10m in the soft javelin and, with Shaw throwing the third-furthest distance, gained first in this event. The final event of the day, the 4x1 lap relays proved one of the most exciting. 
Williams, Shaw, Kavanagh and Edwards-Giraud ran out of their skin to a new league record in this event. With the second quartet of Seion Alexander, McDonnell, Griffiths-Brown and Groves also running well, the boys finished overall first.

The U11 girls were up against some stiff competition, but Millie Couzens, Amelia Cox, Erin McDonnell and Holly Hunt gained a fantastic first place in the one-lap races, which was followed by Cox, McDonnell, Katie Ford and Abigail D’Silva taking second in the speed bounce.

Rushani Arumugham and Couzens were superb in standing long jump and three-lap races, earning victories in both which, along with 
Georgia Usher, saw the girls take a one point lead into the final round of the season.

The U13s boys, meanwhile, produced a dominant display to rack up a maximum score of 56 points, 22 clear of their nearest rivals. The day started strongly with JJ Welham, Tom Couzens, William Sims and Harvey Attrill winning the obstacle relay.

Excellent performances continued in the two-lap races, standing long jump, four-lap races, speed bounce and shot putt with victories in all. The boys finished their competition in style with Olly Lewis, Welham, Fergus Jones and Attrill breaking the league record in the 4x2 lap relay by nearly four seconds.

It was a much closer affair for the U13 girls. They started their competition well thanks to victory from Isabelle Kinsella-Miles, Amy Gould, Alice Daniel and Holly Griffiths-Brown in the obstacle relay. A trio of second places were recorded from Lauren Garside and Kinsella-Miles in the two-lap races, Daniel and Garside in the standing long jump, and Griffiths-Brown and Orlaith Lyford in the four-lap races. The girls finished second on the day, but take a five point lead into the final fixture.

In the U15 age groups, Tom Gould leapt to success in the standing long jump with Alex Jack taking second. Connor Wilce earned victory in the standing triple jump with Zak Wilce taking third.

The U15 girls also performed well in the jumps with Rhiannon Penfold second in the standing long jump and Emma Ford third in the standing triple jump.

Performances by these athletes in all their events were no lower than sixth against some tough opposition, showing excellent all round ability. The boys finished in second place on the day and the girls in third.