County Championships Report and Results

CBPs fall at County Championships

Henry Channon brought off a fine 800/1500 double in the U13 Boys’ age group of the Oxfordshire Track & Field Championships, held on 13-14 May. The Oxford City youngster achieved a Championship Best Performance in both victories, recording 2:16.08 in the two-lap race and 4:46.69 in the 1500.

There were 7 other CBPs by Oxfordshire athletes competing in the 2017 event, which was once again held jointly with the Buckinghamshire Championships at Horspath Road, Oxford. Two of these performances came in the Hammer competitions, where Senior Woman Aislinn Baird (Radley, Kevin O'Hara) threw 45.82 and U20 Michael Dawes (Banbury, Felicity Dawes) 49.93. Alice Byles (Oxford City, Marcia Marriott) was delighted to go well inside her PB with a CBP of 61.82 in the U20W 400H. She had earlier taken the flat one lap race with a time of 58.18.

Victoria Harte (Radley, Peter O’Keefe) recorded a CBP of 33.73 in the Javelin, as well as winning the 300H (48.86). The other CBP came from U15 Boy Jack Spencer (Great Milton), who backed up his record-breaking 38.88 secs win in the 300 with three other age-group wins – 100 (11.99), 80H (11.93) and LJ (4.93). A fine weekend’s work for the Pat Read-coached athlete.

Alfie Rowett (Banbury) took the Senior Men’s double sprint crown, recording 11.32 (into a headwind) and 22.38 for the 200. Another Banbury athlete took both short sprints in the U20 Women’s age group. Also coached by Chris Bazeley, Abbey Anson clocked times of 12.81 and 26.72, in both cases in adverse wind conditions. This same age group saw a throws hat-trick from Luisa Chantler Edmond – 40.57 DT and 35.28 JT, as well as the 11.41 CBP in the SP. Other winners in this age group included two further OCAC athletes coached by Marcia Marriott - Sophie Seger took the sprint hurdles in 15.59, and Katie Hetherington the HJ with 1.65. Sophie Daenen (Banbury) won the TJ with 10.66. Other winners in this age group included two further OCAC athletes coached by Marcia Marriott - Sophie Seger took the sprint hurdles in 15.59, and Katie Hetherington the HJ with 1.65. Sophie Daenen (Banbury) won the TJ with 10.66.

Other highlights in the age groups

U20M
Matthew Johnson won the 100 in 11.11 and Oliver Stacey the 100H in 15.52, with negative wind readings for both of these Radley athletes.

U17M
There was a fine front-running middle distance double from Nick Wiltshire (Reading, Rob McKim) – 2:01.60 in the 800 and 4:17.04 in the 1500, while Ollie Sprio (Banbury, Chris Bazeley) won both sprints – 11.43 for 100 and 23.05 for the metric furlong. Charlie Yates (Banbury) leaped out to 6.09 in winning the LJ.

U15B
Rivalling Jack Spencer’s exploits in this age group, Kody Johnson (Banbury) threw a fine 42.13 in the Javelin.

U13B
Double victories here from Archie Jones and Samuel Rayson. Jones (Banbury) took the sprints (13.60/27.22) and Rayson (Bicester) the 75H and LJ (13.88/4.23). Charlie Evans, another Banbury javelin thrower, pitched the spear out to 30.55.

U17W
Zoe Pollock (OCAC, Marcia Marriott) was a triple victor in this age group – 200 (25.32), 11.73 (80H and 5.14 (LJ). There was also a double from Ella Lovibond (Radley, Kevin O’Hara) – SP (10,76) and HT (44.89).

U15G
Three athletes recorded doubles. Alex Scrivener (Banbury, Graham Button) showed that she can shine on the track as well as over the country, winning comfortably in both 800 and 1500 in (2:22.26/4:51.86). Tegan Armstrong (Banbury, Chris Bazeley) was timed at 12.18 for the 75H and took the LJ with a leap of 4.49. Francesca Powell (OCAC) high jumped 1.45 and hurled the shot out to 8.83.

U13G
One of the best performances here came from Maisie Westbrook (OCAC, Marcia Marriott), with a HJ of 1.46. Chantal Born (Reading) also showed promise with a javelin throw of 26.10.

Elsewhere the results were dominated by three athletes – Topaz Samuel (Reading), Olivia Martin (OCAC) and Natalya Keller (OCAC). Topaz Samuel took the sprint double (13.58/28.33), Olivia Martin the middle distances (2:33.13/5:08.74), and Natalya Keller (OCAC) the 70H (12.03) and LJ (4.32).

With so many excellent performances on both track and field, the success of the joint Championships was further assured by tremendous support from a very large body of officials and helpers from the two counties.

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