CHICHESTER Athletics Club’s under 15s rounded off the season, making it a hat trick of county runners-up titles.
After a battling campaign which has seen the young squad travel across the region competing, the final event took place at the Withdean Stadium in Brighton.
Going in to the meet, the home town club were favourites to win the crown.
But, after a day of fierce competition, it was Crawley who took the honours with Chichester rising from third to take the runners-up spot for the third year running.
All 22 members of the Chi squad in both the A and B teams proved their worth in the three hour event.
It was Ollie Beach who notched up Chichester’s only A string win in the whole match with a fine discus effort of nearly 30 metres.
With Dylan Giles finishing second in the B string, the event marked the club’s best total of 19 out of a maximum 20 points.
The sprints were no less competitive with both Jacob Piper and Ollie Sanderson able to give a good account of themselves against some nationally ranked opposition.
Ollie then formed a good pairing with Zack Entiknapp in the hurdles while new member Niall Mears produced a fine run in the 800 metres to gain a well-deserved second place in the B string in his first ever race for the club.
As in the boys’ match, it was good teamwork from the girls which enabled Chichester to finish the match as high as it did. Once again, it was the throws which provided the best haul of points.
Millie Grant was a fine third in the A string for the shot which enabled Holly Trinder to win the B string with both athletes over seven metres and 18 points towards the club’s overall total.
Holly was then joined by Freya Chandler for a third and second respectively in the discus while Freya was a good 3rd in the javelin with over 25 metres.
Battling performances from the four relay teams in the 4 x 100 metres and 4 x 300 metres kept the margin to Brighton at just over 10 points to give Chichester the place and crucially move the club into second position on the all-time club rankings.