HOSTS Colchester Harriers boasted a record-breaking number of youngsters at their latest Eastern Young Athletes League meeting - and recorded a huge points tally.

A hundred of the club's youngsters took on teams from Colchester and Tendring, Thurrock, Havering, Herts Phoenix and Waveney Valley, in their third league meet of the season.

And with many personal best (PB) times set, they finished third with a massive points total of 682, surpassing their previous haul of 592 points.

Milly Presland broke her own club record in winning the girls' under-15 1,500 metres in four minutes 54.4 seconds.

In the under-17 triple jump, Joseph Clarke gained a huge PB of 11.50m before claiming another best in the long jump (5.89m).

Under-17 non-scorer Danny Millward smashed his 1,500m PB, winning in a fantastic time of 4m 20.1s.

Sam Shippey triumphed in the under-15 800m in 2m 05.8s, while Niamh Higgins (5m 39.7s) and Daisy Hilson (5m 45.8s) in the under-17 women’s 1,500m both clocked PBs.

There was also a PB of 6m 02.6s for Emily Mcgill in the girls' under-13 1,500m.

Harriers' 100m debutant Kai Chilvers clocked an impressive 12.6s to finish second, in the under-15 B race.

There were also PBs for Holly Martin-Whymark (13.1s) and Chloe Prosser (13.6s) in the girls' under-13 hurdles, while under-15 girls Zion Ateba and Lilly Sillett earned valuable points and PBs in their respective 75m races.

Rachel Sale slashed 48 seconds off her under-13 800m PB, while under-13 runner Alexandra Bell-Cobbold was second in the 800m.

Thomas Palmer led from start to finish in the under-17 men's 800m and also set a PB in the men’s under-17 400m, finishing second in 54.2s.

In the shorter distances, under-13 Olivia Gillon was second in her B string 100m race and then led from the start in her non-scoring 200m race, claiming a new PB (30.1s).

Jessica Scotchmer performed well in the under-13 100m (14.8s) and 200m (31.8s) and there were PBs for Lilly Sillett and Lauren Roan in the under-15 100m.

Roan went on to complete a hat trick of PBs in the 300m (48.6s) and long jump (4.22m).

Women's under-17 sprinter Maya Rattray claimed a fantastic 100m win in a new PB of 12.9s, while Ella Gray also brought home maximum points in the B string.

Both Rattray - in a PB of 26.8s - and Gray claimed second-place finishes in their respective 200m races.

Thomas Ashley was second in the under-13 boys' 100m as was Noah Papley in the under-13 boys' B string 100m (15.2s) and 200m (31.0s).

Oliver Mitchell equalled his under-15 PB of 12.5s, while George Lavender won the B string in 12.4s.

Under-17 men's sprinter Daniel Jones won his 100m in 11.5s, before running a phenomenal race to win the 200m.

Henry Lawes won his under-17 100m race and then claimed another win in the 200m, holding off Harriers' training partner Jimi Sijuwola.

Harvey Daniels set a new PB of 41.2s in the under-15 boys' 300m, as did his new team-mate Jack Banyard who clocked 46.1s.

In the under-17 300m, Mary Olayiwola finished third with a PB of 44.1s while Jennifer Palmer was fourth.

In the field events, Olivia Simon won the hammer with 35.49m and then set a new PB of 15.59m in the under-15 girls' discus, for third place.

There were under-17 discus PBs for Ziggy Lambton (17.06m) and Keegan Berg (26.85m), along with under-13 boys' Harrison Leek (10.56m) and Bhramav Rajesh (12.63m).

There were also PBs for Jimi Sijuwola (1.60m) and Jack D’eath (1.65m) in the under-17 men's high jump.

Ateba was second in her under-15 high jump and gained another PB in the long jump (4.35m).

Eliza Betts won the under-17 women's long jump with 4.87m and Megan Stevens set a new women's under-17 high jump PB of 1.35m.

Eleanor Hopgood won the under-17 women's triple jump (9.72m) and Thomas Ashley also set a PB in the under-13 boys' high jump (1.25m).

Charlie Palmer gained PBs in the under-15 boys' javelin and discus (12.83m), as did under-15 girls' Kayleigh Hale (26.6m) and Grace Gardiner (20.2m) in the javelin, along with Lily Waterson in the women's under-17 category (24.89m).

In the shot putt, under-13 girls' Rachel Sale (5.50m) and Chloe Goddard (4.44m) both recorded best distances while women's under-17 athlete Aliyah Soames threw a new PB of 8.17m.

In the boys' under-15 event, Micah Shaljean (6.12m) and Charlie Palmer (6.83m) both set new bests.

There were brilliant wins for the Harriers' under-15 B and under-17 M teams, while their under-13 G scorers were second with a PB of 56.7s.

Harriers' under-15 girls took third and the under-17 W team finished fourth.