ATHLETICS: CHESHIRE Tigers consolidated their second spot in the National U20 Junior League at Bebington on Sunday.
The combined might of West Cheshire AC and Vale Royal AC showed their strength in the third round behind league leaders Wigan.
Nicola Gore won the hammer with a throw of 30.15m and went on to provide placed performances in shot, discus and javelin.
Nicky Archer showed impressive pace to clinch victory in the 3,000m with a time of 11 minutes 28.4 seconds, while Michelle Robbins took the triple jump with 10.66m.
Leanne Henning claimed victory in the B 200m, Fiona Rudkin was second in the 800m and Emma-Leigh Heighway ran in the 800m and 1,500m B races.
Catriona Boyd and Lucy Knight secured second-place finishes in the 400m hurdles and Natalie Abrams won the B triple jump with 9.92m.
Match result: 1 Wigan AC 207 points; 2 Cheshire Tigers AC 176; 3 Wirral AC 121; 4 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC 93; 5 Southport Waterloo 79; 6 Warrington 74; 7 Macclesfield Harriers 48.
After three rounds: 1 Wigan AC 687 points; 2 Cheshire Tigers AC 571.5; 3 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 456; 4 Wirral AC 381; 5 Warrington AC 333; 6 Southport Waterloo 240; Macclesf ield Harriers 170.
Cheshire Tigers' depleted men's squad produced a series of quality performances. Stephen Butterf ield equalled his personal best of 11.1 seconds in the 100m for a decisive victory, while Chris Rushton bagged two victories, clocking 11.7 for his 100m B race and 23.9 in the 200m B event.
Andrew Gore won the B 400m hurdles race after Thomas Stringer had dug deep to clock 60 seconds for second spot in the A race.
Stephen Mitchell clocked 4.40.9 in his 1,500m debut for Tigers and Nick Clay made a welcome return to 400m running after being sidelined with an injury.
Match result: 1 Trafford AC 267 points; 2 South-port Waterloo 201; 3 Warrington AC 188; 4 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 186; 5 Wirral AC 136; 6 Cheshire Tigers AC 98; 7 Macclesf ield Harriers 18; 8 Wigan AC 0.
After three rounds: 1 Trafford AC 834 points; 2 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 681; 3 Warrington AC 562.
Anyone from Chester and Ellesmere Port looking to prepare for the rest of the track and f ield season is welcome to attend training sessions at West Cheshire AC. Contact Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254 for further details.
Fixtures this weekend include the fourth round of the Northern Men's and Northern Women's Track and Field League for West Cheshire AC at Longford Park, Trafford, Manchester, on Sunday.
Entries are being accepted for West Cheshire AC's Sutton Six 10km Road Race at Guilden Sutton, Chester, on Sunday, September 21. Further details are available from Richard Batterham, Ranelagh, School Lane, Guilden Sutton, Chester CH3 7ET.