Lincolnshire claimed an unexpected third place at the East Midlands Sportshall Athletics Championships, thanks to Boston-area youngsters.
Athletes from our patch proved their worth in assisting the points tally at Grantham’s Meres Sports Centre on Sunday.
Ten Boston and District Athletic Club year seven and eight boys competed against representatives from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Northamptonshire in a three-and-a-half hour programme of running, jumping and throwing events.
At the end of the 13 under 13 boys events, Lincolnshire had accrued a total of 510 points - finishing behind winners Derbyshire on 738 and runners-up Nottinghamshire, who had 613 points.
The best result on the day came courtesy of Freddie Carr, who added to his 2012 winners gold medal in the standing long jump by claiming the silver award this year.
Freddie’s best leap was 2.16m and he also made a good contribution to both the obstacle event and 4xone-lap relay team performance - Daniel Bradshaw, Freddie, Matthew Connelly and William Swain finishing third.
Four team members claimed splendid fourth positions.
Kieran Duncan-Johal (speed bounce), Matthew Connelly (high jump), Daniel Bradshaw (vertical jump) and William Parsons (shot putt) all impressed, while William Swain (vertical jump) added a fifth.
Aaron Bradshaw came fifth in standing triple jump and four-lap race, while Tom Johnson (shot) and William Parsons (four-lap) finished in sixth spots.
A seventh-place finish went to Kieran Duncan-Johal (two-lap), while Kieran Pickwell (speed bounce) picked up an eighth position.
Substitute Jack Rushby finished the six-lap race in eighth, also coming ninth in the standing triple jump.
The only non-Boston member of the Lincs team was Alexander Bevan (Peterborough AC). He achieved second place in the six-lap race, fifth in standing long jump and combined with Jack Rushby to claim fourth in the eight-lap Paarlaaf.