TEAM Oxfordshire finished an encouraging third at the inaugural National Junior League meeting in Ware, Hertfordshire.

Fielding a team composed of under 20 athletes selected from Abingdon Amblers, Bicester, Goring & Wallingford, Oxford City and Radley), Oxon achieved a total of 346 points.

Bicester’s James Wright was the star of the show as he picked up superb victories in the long jump and triple jump.

He leapt to 6.97m in the long jump, before sailing out to 14.63m in the triple jump - both distances within the English Schools qualifiying standard.

Wright just missed out on the man-of-the-match award, which went to Cambridge-shire hammer thrower Jonathan Edwards with a remarkble throw of 58.78m.

The match started with two fine wins for Oxon in the 400m hurdles by Emily Carstairs and Peter Barnshaw.

The day very nearly ended with a clean sweep in the relays as the men’s 4x100m team missed out by a tenth of a second.

Elsewhere, Danielle Anderson was third in the javelin with an English Schools qualifying distance of 39.59m, while Becky Hussey clocked 25.7secs in the 200m.

Result: 1 Herts Pheonix 366pts, 2 Havering-Mayesbrook 363, 3 Oxfordshire 346, 4 NWC Herts 270, 5 Cambridgeshire 164, 6 Bedfordshire 74.




100m A3 Becky Hodgson(U17) 12.9 200m A1 Beckey Hussey 25.7 400m A3 Becky Hussey 60.5 1500m A2 Gemma Bridge 5:23.2 3000m A1 Gemma Bridge 11:06.6 100m H A1 Stacey Hazell 17.1 400m H A1 Emily Carstairs 75.9 Long Jump A2 Stacey Hazell 4.66m High Jump A6 Emily Carstairs 1.40m Discus A3 Megan Davies (U17) 28.41m Javelin A3 Danielle Anderson 39.59m 4 x 100m A1 Team Oxfordshire (Gregory, Hussey, Hodgson, Anderson) 51.3 4 x 400m A1 Team Oxfordshire (Hodgson, Carstairs, Gregory, Hussey) 4:25.9


100m A5 Nathan Rockett 12.2 200m A5 Nathan Rockett 25.2 400m A3 Peter Barnshaw 51.5 800m A2 James Cody 2:04.8 1500m A2 Mitchell Lomas 4:43.9 3000m A1 Jonathan Cornish 9:23.7 pb 400m H A1 Peter Barnshaw 56.7 2000m S/C A1 James Cody 7:06.5pb Long Jump A1 James Wright 6.97m Triple Jump A1 James Wright 14.63m Discus A5 Mark Warland 28.48m Javelin A4 Marcus Woodington 35.61m 4 x 100m Relay A2 Team Oxfordshire (Rockett, Wright, Downs Barnshaw) 46.5 4 x 400m Relay A1 Team Oxfordshire (Downs, Woodington, Barnshaw, Cody) 3:38.7