COLCHESTER Harriers' juniors did the club proud in their maiden Eastern Young Athletes League Plate Final appearance.

They finished sixth at the event in Stevenage to claim a 12th-place league finish overall, their highest ever.

Athlete of the match was Sam Shippey, who claimed maximum points in all three of his under-15 boys' track events, just 24 hours after winning in the Inter Counties meet at Horspath.

He claimed a new personal best (PB) of 11.97 seconds in the 100 metres and crossed the line with 12 metres to spare to win the 300m in 38.79s, before completing a hat-trick with a fine 200m win (23.92s).

Siblings Thomas and Jennifer Palmer won their respective races in style.

Tom claimed maximum points for Harriers after winning the under-17 men’s 800m (two minutes 04.46s) before finishing second in the 400m, just short of his PB.

Jennifer saved her best 300m performance of the season until the final meet, winning in 45.82s.

Akin Akinboh won both his under-17 men's 100m and 200m races with PBs, running 11s in the 100m and 22.45s in the 200m.

Under-15 boy Kai Chilvers showed his versatility in the 80m hurdles (third, 12.45s, PB), B string javelin (first, 31.53m) and 1,500m (first, 4m 33.87s).

Olivia Simon won the under-15 girls' hammer (33.65m) and pole vault (2.50m) and also threw a PB of 16.63m in the discus.

Evan Crocombe claimed a fine new under-15 boys' pole vault club record, clearing a PB height of 2.50m while Keagan Berg cleared 2.50m in his first-ever pole vault in the men's under-17 event.

In the B string under-17 women’s sprints, Ella Gray claimed a solid second place in 13.34s and held out for second in a closely-fought 200m (26.88s, PB).

Olivia Gillon was second in her under-13 girls' B string 100m in 14.55s and was first in the 200m, in 29.55s.

George Lavender was second in the under-15 boys' discus (26.61m) and won the javelin with a PB of 41.05m, having earlier finished third in the 200m (24.82s).

Zion Ateba held for third in the under-15 75m hurdles (12.36s, PB) and was second in the high jump (1.50m) while Maya Rattray was third in the under-17 women’s 100m (13.14s) and also finished fifth in the 200m.

Joseph Clarke was third in the B string under-17 men's 100m (12.26s) and second in the long jump before claiming fourth in the triple jump (11.14m).

In the under-15 boys', Oliver Mitchell won the B string 100m (12.44s) and had a fifth-place finish in the long jump (4.66m).

Millie Presland was third in the under-15 girls' 1,500m in 5m 01.70s and Emily Henderson was third in the B string version (6.18.77).

In the under-13 girls', Alexandra Bell-Cobbold (fifth) and Daisy Rickwood (third) did well in their respective A and B string 1,500m races.

In the same age group, Rachel Sale (sixth) and Alice Begg (third) competed in the 800m while Hollie Martin-Whymark came fifth in the 70m hurdles (13.5s) and sixth in the high jump (1.15m).

Talia Wynter was sixth in 100m (14.68s) and 200m (30.72s) and fifth in long jump (3.93m), Chloe Prosser was fifth in the 70m hurdles (14.6s) and javelin (15.46m) and Jessica Scotchmer was fifth in long jump (3.59m).

In the under-13 Boys', Bhramav Rajesh fell twice in his debut hurdles race but still managed to cross the line.

He also completed shot putt (4.44m, fourth) and discus (12.06m, sixth), while Thomas Ashley was fifth in 100m (14.22s) and 200m (29.67s).

William Long gained a new javelin PB (5.85m), was fifth in 1,500m (5.25.77s) and sixth in high jump (1.15m).

Harriers' boys' under-13 relay team came sixth, in 64.10s.

In the under-15 girls', Lilly Sillett was fifth in 100m (13.95s) and fifth in 70m hurdles (13.57s) while Katherine Harvey claimed two PBs in 200m (32.55s) and javelin (12.93m).

Anna Ritchie had a discus PB (11.46m), Jessica Longstaff was sixth in 800m (2:54.31s) and Missy Buxton ran a great B string 800m taking third in a new PB (2.49.79s).

Madeleine Claydon took fourth in 300m (46.24s) and fifth in long jump (4.11m), Lauren Roan came fifth in 100m (14.20s), third in 300m (49.52s) and fourth in long jump (4.06m), while Mia Farrell was fourth in shot (6.76m).

Harriers' under-15 girls' relay were fifth (54.84s).

In the under-15 boys', Harvey Daniels was third in the B string 300m (42.59s) and high jump (1.50m) as was George Mann in 1,500m (2m 18.43s).

Charlie Palmer claimed a shot putt PB (7.04m) and was sixth in discus (10.61m), while Harriers' under-15 boys' relay won in 47.30s.

In the under-17 women's competition, Daisy Hilson was fourth in 1500m (5.51.79s) and sixth in javelin (17.12m) and Chanel Mba got a trio of fifth-place finishes in high jump (1.30m), shot (9.10m) and discus (20.31m).

Ayra Anderson was third in the A string 300m (45.74s), Ebba Patterson came sixth in A string 800m (2:47.54) and Savannah Harrison B string 800m (2:47.93s) and fourth in triple jump (8.75m).

Katie Rice claimed fifth in 80m hurdles (15.41s) and sixth in javelin (8.62m), Megan Stevans was fifth in high jump (1.30m) and shot putt (6.87m) and Eliza Betts was second in her long jump (4.73m).

Harriers' under-17 women’s relay team were fourth (53.14s).

Harriers' under-17 men’s team was completed by Jack D’eath finishing fourth in high jump (1.55m) while Chris Smith was second in 800m (2:16.35s), sixth in shot putt (6.70m) and fifth in javelin (15.50m).

Bradley Hicks was third in hammer (23.70m) and fourth in discus (24.66m) while Harriers' under-17 men’s relay came third in 48.37s.