- Published: 10 May 2018 10 May 2018
The Crawley men had an excellent result to finish sixth in the British Athletics League National Division 2 fixture on Saturday 5th May at Yeovil. Team Manager, Tim Kimber was delighted with the performance as the team did well to escape the relegation zone as many of the top athletes were competing at the British University Championships (BUCS) which clashed with the opening BAL fixture.
The Crawley men secured five ‘A’ string victories starting from the opening track event, the 400m hurdles. Sam Shore was in dominant form clocking 53.03sec and later producing good points in the 110mH with a 16.19sec performance.
Tom Niner followed soon after with an impressive tactical win in the 800m with an outstanding kick in the home straight to clock 1min55.3sec. Charlie Baldwin controlled the B string event and just missed victory to the Glasgow athlete by four hundredths of a second with a 1min54.93sec clocking. Niner went on to create history later in the afternoon by being the first Crawley HCA athlete to win both middle distance events in the same afternoon. Niner again came off the final bend with the pack and kicked to victory in the 1500m in 3min57.52sec. Chris Dodd had a cracking run in the B string to produce a sub 4min performance to take the win in 3min59.38sec and help secure maximum points for the Crawley men.
There was another Javelin victory for Scott Staples to top the 60m barrier with a 62.65m performance.
The final ‘A’ string victory came in the final event of the day with a 4x400m win. Chris Dodd (51.22sec), Charlie Baldwin (52.73sec), Sam Shore (50.13sec) and Niclas Baker (48.25sec) helped the team move up another place in the standings with the winning performance.
Leigh Walker was again in fine form finishing second in the Pole Vault competition with a clearance of 4.00m. William Snashall made his debut to the BAL with a 3.50m vault to secure an excellent second place in the B string event.
Former GB Decathlete Richard Reeks had another busy afternoon and secured great points covering five events. He made a solid start in the high jump to clear 1.85m followed by third places in the Shot Putt (12.34m) and Javelin (46.73m)
Sam Heawood was in great form in the final field event of the afternoon to finish second in the Shot with a Putt of 16.04m..
Man of the match went to Karl Jenner who stepped into the team to cover an athlete withdrawal at late notice and contested five events and secured an excellent fourth place in the 400m Hurdles.