Congratulations to Oxford City juniors on winning Oxfordshire Track and Field League – Sunday 9th September

Published: 13 September 2018

The club sends massive congratulations to all our junior athletes, coaches and team managers for a successful Oxfordshire Track and Field League campaign 2018.

The girls, who last year won under 13 and under 15 titles, went one better to win the under 17 age group as well, and the overall girls title for 2018. The boys, who were 3rd, 5th and 5th last year, and 3rd overall in the league, went one better, achieving 3rd places in all age groups and 2nd place overall.  The Quadkids had a slightly less successful season, not retaining the titles they won last year, but there is lots of talent coming through so we will hope to put that right next season.

Overall the club won the league outright, and were the most consistent across all age groups. We were more than 400 points clear of the 2nd placed team, Bicester and managed to score more than 300 points more than last year, which shows that our team managers succeeded in getting more athletes involved, which is as important as winning.

Trophies will be presented at the League AGM in November, and will be on display in the club house after that.

The athletes, coaches and team managers can be very proud of what they have achieved together.

Richard Hart

Full results on the results page – and the match report by Sam Jonkers follows here:

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The final league match of the season coincided with the return to school, but any signs of weariness were pushed aside by the large (and vocal) home team. The girls teams have had an amazing summer and filling all the events and operating as a cohesive team helped them storm to victory in this third and decisive match.

For the U13’s Maisie Kavanagh, Lily Martin and Bronte Bennett were unbeatable in the throws, winning first place in A and B string of each throw. On her first outing for the club Libbie Blackstock took equal 1st place in the A string 100m, with a very promising grade 3 time of 14.1, while back on the track after a few months away Nasrin Aminu stormed to victory in the B string 100m. Further victories came from Lily Brabbin in the 1500m (A), Charlotte Ashby 800m (B) and Annie Jonkers running a 12.1 grade 2 in hurdles(A). To end the season on a high the girls fielded three relay teams, with the scoring team snatching victory after a gutsy anchor leg from Ellen Bruce. The girls won this match an incredible 47 points clear of 2nd place Radley and finish the league in first place.

The U15 girls fielded a strong home team. Two victories in the field came from Margot Ward, B string Long Jump, and Emma Wardle, B string discus. Eugenia Mutero continued to shine on the track, with a 13.5 (G4) 100m and a win in the A string 200m.; while Amy Shayler took full points in B string 300m; Grace Whitty and Sharon Kanu won A and B string 800m. The relay team of Sharon Kanu, Olivia Barton, Emily Haines-Gray and Eugenia Mutero were on winning form once again. A third match win saw the U15’s win the league after scoring maximum points.

The U17 girls completed the clean sweep of match and league victories by the girls teams. Wins came in Long Jump where Tori Daniels jumped a grade 3, 5.10m to win A string and Priya Ahulwali, won B string with 4.15m. Gracie Buchanan won B string shot and threw a G4 27.88 for 2nd place in javelin. Harriet-Kimber Nicholson also gained a G4 in discus, taking 2nd place with a throw of 25.52m. On the track Chloe Taylor and Amy Leung won both A and B string 200m.

The U13 boys were fewer in number, but between them racked up some good points and secured second place in the match. Gospel Kanu ran an impressive 13.8 (G4) in the A string 100m, Joseph Conway took victory in both 100m and 200m B string. The relay team of Gospel, Charlie, Thomas and Joseph won by a margin of almost half a second. Then an on form Gospel notched up another grade 4 performance in the long jump, with a PB of 4.28. Charlie Cooper-Edwards won the B string high jump, while Freddie Jones (1500m, long jump & shot), Thomas Cove (high jump& hurdles) and Jonathan Davies (800m, shot & javelin) put in solid performances across a range of disciplines.

A decent turn out from the U15 boys saw some good results and an excellent first place finish in this match. This shows what the club can achieve when we begin to field full teams and our best athletesd. Moses Sadler won the B string long jump with a G4 jump of 5.10m, while Roshan Mowat jumped 5.33 (G3) in the A string and his high jump of 1.55 was also a Grade 4, as was Billy McCauley’s 27.69 discus throw. The 800m races were dominated by Oxford vests, as Louis Enskat took the A string in a G3 time of 2.11.5 and Drew Hogger the B string in 2.26. More full points came in the B string 300m won by Matthew Stacey. Overall the boys gained a very respectable third place in the league.

The U17’s put in some good performances with Ben Davies winning the 800m, Willem Walker-Smith and Ben Davies securing maximum points in B string shot and B string javelin. The individual performance of the day came form Alex Ighofose in high jump where his grade 4 clearance of 1.70m won the A string competition. The team finished with a very respectable second place in this match and 3rd place in the league.

Well done to all who competed in the league matches this season.  The more athletes we field the better your results and the final league results now confirm that the female teams finished in first place overall, while the male teams came in in 2nd place. These results combine to make Oxford City league champions.

In the Quadkids competition the U9 girls team finished in first place, while the U11 girls finished 2nd. Individual winner of U11g was Izzy Haines-Gray, who then anchored the relay team to a comfortable victory, before stepping in to run leg one of an U13 relay. The boys U11 team finished 3rd and Bathie Faye and Joe Campbell finished 4th and 5th in the U9’s.

Sam Jonkers

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