The Crawley AC men’s team fought hard at Bournemouth in the British Athletics League National Division 2 match on Saturday 4th August to try and secure a promotion slot to Division 1. Unfortunately they were edged out to third overall in the team standings by a full strength Kent AC squad who stormed to victory and secured the second promotion slot to Division 1 alongside league winners Bournemouth. Team manager, Tim Kimber was delighted with the performance. “The Crawley men did the club proud by battling to the end. I felt for the guys who had worked so hard all season to try and achieve that promotion slot and just missed out. I am sure they will bounce back for next season.”

Without any doubt the performance of the day went to George Turner on setting a personal best with a clearance of 4.93m in the pole vault. Turner’s vault was a full metre ahead of his nearest rival and raises him to fourth best ever by a Sussex athlete. William Snashall secured excellent points to finish second in the B string with a vault of 3.23m.

Turner was one of three winners with Scott staples and Paul Navesey both gaining victories. Staples has proven unbeatable in the British league this season notching up his fourth league victory with an impressive 63.67m javelin throw. Luke Johnson secured a second place performance with a throw of 51.17m and help secure 26 points out of a possible 28 for the Crawley team in the Javelin event. Navesey has also proved invincible in the 5000m event in the BAL this season with a 15.00.56 winning performance.

Elsewhere in the field it was great to see Noel Butler, back in the squad after a fractured heel, setting a season best of 6.35m in the long jump. Aidan Coree notched up excellent points in the B string with a jump of 6.33m to secure second position. Coree went on to set a season best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.88m. Fellow U20 jumper Morgan Hayward had another fine performance to secure excellent points in the triple jump with a 12.95m third place finish.

There were also second place finishes for sprinter Niclas Baker who clocked 21.45sec in the 200m, Matt Overall clocking 49.23sec in the 400m and Sam Shore gave the team a good start in the opening track event the 400nH with a season best performance of 54.12sec. There were also solid points scored in the track B string with Joe Massimo securing second in the 100m (11.38sec) and 200m (22.32sec) for third. There were also thirds for Charlie Baldwin in the 400m and for Decathlete Justin Tarrant in the 110mH high hurdles (16.33sec). Tarrant had a busy afternoon competing in four events including shot, discus and high jump. Ishmael Smith-John was also in fine form in the non scoring sprints. Smith-John took the 200m win in a season best of 21.94sec following an 11.01sec performance in the 100m. There were also season best performances in the 3000m Steeplechase for Billy White (9.39.02) and Tim Ellis (11.09.43). Jack Avery (400mH), Jamie Lambert (100m n/s), Rob Creed (800m), Jack Woods (1500m & 5000m), George Skevis (Hammer & Discus) and Gorm Young (Hammer & Shot) all helped the Crawley team secure a third place finish.

The final match result standings were :
1) Kent AC 323
2) Bournemouth 319
3) Crawley 292
4) Glasgow City 283
5) Havering 279
6) Basingstoke and Mid Hants 268
7) Newquay and Par 251
8) Rugby and Northampton 164

The Crawley men were rewarded with securing another year in top class competition in the National league Division 2 for next season.