The Crawley men had another excellent result to finish third at Nuneaton  in the British Athletics League National Division 2 fixture on Saturday 2nd June.

The team got off to a great start on the opening track event, the 400mh. Sam Shore secured a third place finish in 54.38sec and Jack Avery made his debut to the BAL team with an excellent ‘B’ string win (57.19sec).

Joe Smith had another great performance in the 800m. The talented U17 athlete broke the thirty eight year old club record with a 1:53.81 clocking. The previous mark of 1:54.2 was set by Peter Davies in 1980. The performance has lifted Smith to third place on the UK rankings.

Fellow middle distance runners Paul Navesey and Howard Bristow secured fantastic points for the team in the 5000m. The pairing chalked up 26 points out of a possible 28. Navesey took the win in an impressive 14:56.95 in hot humid conditions while Bristow set a season best of 15.22.19 to finish second in the ‘B’.

Quarter milers, Matt Overall and Jack Avery again notched up great points in the 400m. Overall finished third in the ‘A’ clocking 48.85sec and Avery set a personal best of 50.48sec to finish second in the ‘B’.

The sprint hurdles were also in fine form. Sam Shore took third place (15.90sec) and multi eventer Justin Tarrant secured a fine win in the ‘B’ string with a rapid 15.88sec. Tarrant continued his winning streak by taking the Pole Vault ‘B’ string win with a clearance of 3.63m. Leigh Walker made it a double win in the ‘A’ by securing a vault of 3.83m. Tarrant continued his busy afternoon by contesting seven events in four hours and earning vital points for the team.

Elsewhere on the field talented U20 athlete Morgan Hayward continued his fine form in the triple jump with a leap of 13.16m to finish third. Decathlete Justin Tarrant again secured great points in the ‘B’ string with a second position (12.03m).

GB U20 athlete, Scott Staples completed the afternoon recording a second Javelin victory this season in the league with a fine throw of 63.59m.

The final match result standings were :
1) Bournemouth 348
2) Kent AC 284.5
3) Crawley 280.5
4) Havering 276
5) Newquay 266
6) Glasgow 241
7) Rugby & Northampton 233
8) Basingstoke 227

The third fixture will be held at Bedford on Saturday 7th July. Big Saturday will be a showcase event with all British League teams attending the same venue on the same day. The match will provide a great day of athletic viewing.