ATHLETICS: FORMER Tarporley High School pupil Will Lowndes made his mark at the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships at Macclesfield.
Will, representing Mid Cheshire, powered his way to a fabulous throwing double success.
The teenager smashed the senior boys' shot put championship record with a distace of 15.66m, and he secured the hammer title with a throw of 45m.
Will was one of many youngsters from Chester and Ellesmere Port who excelled in Saturday's event.
And many will be going for more glory at tomorrow's Inter-Counties Schools' Mason Trophy Competition - where they will be hoping to claim a place at the English Schools' Track and Field Championships.
Upton High pupil Lauren Hunt's perfomance last week has already secured her place in the Cheshire squad for the English Schools' fixture to be held at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium early next month.
Lauren, a member of West Cheshire AC, won the County Schools' Inter-mediate Girls' discus event with a throw of 35.48m, well beyond the English Schools' standard of 33m.
Her West Cheshire AC clubmate Sian Kelman posted a winning time of 12.7 seconds in the junior girls' 100m final, a tenth of a second inside the English Schools' standard.
Pupils hoping to secure their county vest for the English Championships include Carl Van Schie, James Callaghan, Stephanie Blackwell, Andrew Whitton, Emma Leigh Heighway, Shona Valentine, Gareth Preston, Tom Price, Rachel Stoakley, and Daisy Flynn-Piercy.
Emma Leigh Heighway clocked 2mins 26.4secs in her senior girls' 800m for success at Macclesfield but will hope to close in on the 2:15 time needed for Birmingham.
James Callaghan won the county schools' discus title with a throw of 37.93m, just short of the required intermediate boys' standard of 40m.
Stephanie Blackwell won the junior girls' 75m hurdles in 12.0 seconds.
Andrew Whitton, who claimed the county clubs' title last month, added the schools' title with an 11.98m triple jump, just 2cms short of the 12m junior boys' standard.
Carl Van Schie posted 60.80 seconds for victory at Macclesfield in the intermediate boys' 400m hurdles, but he will be looking to post the standard time of 58.0 seconds this weekend.
Gareth Preston was pushed all the way to the finishing line before clinching the junior boys' 100m title in 12.0 seconds, two tenths of a second away from the necessary time required for the English Schools'.
Shona Valentine was crowned county schools' junior girls' 200m champion after posting 26.8 seconds, just four tenths of a second outside the English Schools' standard.
West Cheshire AC colleague Tom Price won the intermediate boys' 100m crown in 11.4 seconds - two tenths of a second away from the time needed.
Rachel Stoakley was second in the intermediate girls' 100m final in 12.9 seconds, outside the 12.6 standard.
And Daisy Flynn-Piercy was just two tenths away from the 12.8 seconds needed after finishing runner-up behind clubmate Sian Kelman in the junior girls' 100m final.
Upton High's Tricia Jackson will head to the Mason Trophy meeting as Cheshire champion in the senior girls' 400m hurdles after posting a winning 76.9 seconds. Jack Ankers represented Chester in the junior boys' high jump and cleared a winning height of 1.65m. Tarporley High's Louise Woodward won the intermediate girls' 80m hurdles in an English Schools' qualifying standard time of 12.0 seconds.
Carl Hawthorne, from Chester, won the intermediate boys' high jump with 1.65m and Jack Bromley won the intermediate boys' long jump for 5.92m.
Richard Dunne, of Chester, rounded the senior boys' 1500m in a winning time of 4:21.9, and Zoe Prince, also from Chester, cleared a winning 1.45m to clinch the senior girls' county title.
Fred Brickland was Chester's other county schools' champion after spinning the junior boys' discus 26.65m.
Other local pupils aiming to impress this weekend in the Mason Trophy include Chester's Rob Meredith, who finished runner-up in the junior boys' 80m hurdles with 13.0 seconds.
Ed Reading was second in the senior boys' 800m with 2:22.9 and Christleton's Matt Fisher had 9:26.6 for second spot in the intermediate boys' 3000m.
Ed Brownrigg finished second in the intermediate boys' shot put with 10.53m and Alan Coates, also from Chester, was runner-up in the inter-mediate boys' triple jump with 12.18m.