The third fixture of the British Athletics League National  Division 2 was held at the Bedford, on Saturday 7th July. The Crawley men had an excellent result to finish third, their best performance to date this season.

The field events kicked off with great points in the pole vault. George Turner took the ‘A’ win with a vault of 4.60m and Leigh Walker finished an excellent second place with a clearance of 4.00m. Former GB Decathlete, Richard Reeks had a busy afternoon covering five events included a Discus season best (39.14m), Javelin (43.77m), Shot (11.48m)  and third in the 110m Hurdles (15.07sec). Reeks completed the afternoon with an anchor leg in the 4x100m relay.

GB U20 athlete Scott Staples notched up his third British League win in the Javelin with a throw of 58.39m. Sam Heawood was also in fine form in the Shot to secure second place in the ‘A’ with a putt of 15.71m.

Elsewhere on the field Aidan Coree set season bests in the long jump (6.42m) and secured excellent points to finish second in the triple with a jump of 12.79m.

The track events kicked off with excellent points in the 400m Hurdles. Sam Shore secured third in the ‘A’ (55.01sec) and Jack Avery matched the position in the ‘B’ with a 58.04sec clocking. Shore went on to take the 110m sprint hurdles ‘B’ win with a personal best performance of 15.49sec.

There was some fine sprinting for the Crawley team with Rhys Turner (10.93sec) and Ishmael John Smith (10.94sec) both clocking season best performances in the 100m. Nic Baker was denied a new club record in the 200m with a +2.6 wind reading. Baker ran an impressive 21.07sec to secure an excellent second place. Talented U20 athlete Joe Massimo took third in the ‘B’ with a 22.24sec performance.

Paul Navesey also recorded a personal best performance in the 3000m to finish third with 8min36.77sec. Fellow middle distance athletes Tom Niner and Chris Dodd secured excellent points in the 800m. Niner finished third in the ‘A’ (1min54.75sec) and Dodd took the ‘B’ string win (1min55.25sec).

Paul Navesey
Paul Navesey

The Crawley men completed the afternoon with an excellent third place finish in the 4x400m relay. Jack Avery (52.53sec), Sam Shore (49.85sec), Matt Overall (48.84sec) and Nic Baker (49.96sec) secured great points for the team.

The final match result standings were :
1) Glasgow City 369
2) Bournemouth 336
3) Crawley 294
4) Rugby and Northampton 261
5) Kent AC 259
6) Newquay and Par 241
7) Havering 234
8) Basingstoke and Mid Hants 190

As a result of the solid third place finish the Crawly men have moved up to second place in Division 2 with one match remaining. The final match will be held at Bournemouth on Saturday 4th August and could see Crawley gaining promotion to Division 1 for next season.