THE new track at Leigh proved an inspirational setting for Halton & Frodsham Harriers for the National Young Athletes League meeting.
In the under 17s men’s competition, newcomers Colin Hornby and Ryan Jackson supported regulars David Tomalin and Mike Fryer.
All four scored points but the outstanding effort came from Fryer, whose personal best high jump of 1.52m won the competition.
Matthew Hulse had an excellent U12 boys event.
He triumphed in the A 75m hurdles in 16.4 seconds and took a grade-four standard award in the 1,500m, although blown back into second in five minutes and 16.8 seconds.
Colleague Thomas Jones’ best were fourth A positions in both 200m (33.9) and 100m (16.5).
James Crosby shouldered the responsibility for scoring in the U15 boys match, picking up top-six placings in four A events, his highest return being for fourth spot in the 80m hurdles (18.2).
New members Rebecca Pill and Rebecca Cartwright made pleasing debuts in the U15s girls events.
Pill locked 16.4 for eighth in the A 100m and went one better with seventh in the shot (5.01m).
Cartwright was fifth in the A javelin with 10.97m and threw 3.99m for sixth in the B shot.
Tori Acton and Emma Crosby led off in the 150m for the U13 girls.
Acton was third in the A-string event (23.9) while Emma claimed B points in sixth (29.6).
The former was runner-up in the A 75m in 11.9, team-mate Lauren Clare seventh in the B race (14.7).
Emma Scott led the A 800m from start to finish, producing a brave and well-judged run for 2:45.3.
Emma Pyatt also did well, finishing second in 2:55.3.
The A 1,200m witnessed a grade-four fourth place for Jess Parsons (4:44.4) while Amy Pearson followed suit in the 75m hurdles.
Pearson’s 13.8 was just a 10th outside a grade-three 75m hurdles time and enough for second spot while Martha Cottrell won the B race in 15.5.
Emma Pyatt scooped a grade-four long jump, clinching third in the A event with 1.21m, Pearson securing fourth B points (1.11).
Emma Crosby’s debut in the shot yielded a creditable seventh-placed A throw of 4.39m.
Adding to her 800m victory, Emma Scott conjured up a grade-four 3.66m long jump while B stringer Cottrell anchored the individual scoring in victory with 1.11m.
Pearson, Acton, Scott and Cottrell brought the 4x100m relay baton home second in 59.1.