Another fine weekend of athletics at Horspath Road was marred only by steady rain later on in Saturday’s timetable. With photofinish and electronic distance measurement now firmly established, there were some great performances on both track and field in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire joint County Championships.
There were Championship records for the host county in four events. First to go was Claire Trigg’s 2007 record in the Under 20 Women’s 400, when Ella Turner (OCAC) sped to a time of 56.70 seconds, also an English Schools’ qualifying time. There was another ESAA qualifying performance in the Under 17 Women’s Hammer, where Ella Lovibond (Radley) shattered the existing championship best performance with a massive throw of 53.09m. Back on the track, Radley’s Quinn Miell-Ingram shaded Henry Channon’s Under 13 Boys’ mark from last year, with a time of 4:46.67.
In the Field Luisa Chantler-Edmund (Radley) stood out on the second day, with a winning throw of 12.01m in the Under 20 Women’s Shot, adding 60cm to her own record from the previous year.
Other ESAA qualifiers
Four other athletes took advantage of the high standard of competition and generally favourable weather conditions to register ESAA qualifying performances. Banbury’s Senior Girl Abbey Anson backed up her previous weekend’s 12.3 clocking in the 100 with a 12.35 victory. Adam Chesterman (Radley) threw the Junior Boys’ Discus 35.24m and Junior Girl Maddy Dowden (Banbury) recorded 11.55 in the 75m Hurdles, while multi-eventer Jade O’Dowda (OCAC), with qualifications in several Senior Girls events, registered a 25.2 victory in the U20 200.