The Crawley men had an excellent result to finish third at Chelmsford in the British Athletics League National Division 2 fixture on Sunday 9th June. Team Manager, Tim Kimber was delighted with the performance as several athletes were missing due to injuries.
The Crawley men secured six victories starting from the opening track event, the 400m hurdles. U20 Ben Okeiyi made his debut in the National league smashing his personal best with a first time sub 57 performance. Okeiyi took the 'B' string with a 56.83sec victory. Sam Shore returned to racing after recently finishing his law degree exams. Shore recorded an impressive 55.80sec to finish fourth despite limited training in recent weeks after concentrating on exam preparation.
Quarter milers, Matt Overall and Fred Afrifa notched up fantastic points for the team in the 400m. Overall clocked a sub 48 performance (47.99sec) to finish second in the 'A' and Afrifa took the 'B' string victory with a 48.41sec performance. This event secured 26 points out of a possible 28. Overall was back out on the track 30minutes later to secure a second place finish in the 'B' string 200m.
Tom Niner followed soon after with an impressive display in the 1500m. Coming off the final bend Niner kicked in the afterburners to gap the field by 2 seconds in the last 100m to record an impressive 3min53.74sec win. Jack Woods secured excellent points in the 'B' string to finish third in 4min02.94sec.
There was some fine sprinting from U20 athlete Joe Massimo. Joe recorded 11.23sec 100m and 22.55sec 200m in a very windy -3.8m/s head wind. A special mention to Jamie Holme for running through the pain barrier by stepping in to cover the 'B' 100m to help secure points for the team. Jamie made his BAL debut recording 11.8sec despite carrying a suspected stress fracture to his foot.
There were also season best performances in the 3000m steeplechase from Tim Ellis (10min56.77sec) and a third place finish for Rob Creed in the 'B'. Will Cork made his debut to the BAL team in the 3k flat with 8min47.46sec and Vet 40 Howard Bristow recorded an impressive 8min53.09sec.
Elsewhere on the field it was great to see Matt Lasis back in the team after a three year gap. Lasis opened the afternoon with a Discus 'B' win (40.39m). Matt was then back in the circle 40minutes later to take the 'A' string Hammer victory with an impressive 51.94m. Lasis then ended the afternoon with a 12.46m performance in the Shot to secure fantastic points for the team across the afternoon.
Another athlete securing massive points for the team was Decathlete Justin Tarrant. Tarrant stepped in to cover six events across the afternoon starting with a third place Discus (40.86m), Long Jump (5.84m), Shot (11.39m), High Jump (1.65m), Javelin (33.93m) and a second place 110m Hurdles (16.50sec)
William Snashall was again in fine form finishing second in the Pole Vault competition with a personal best clearance of 4.00m. Dillan Tierney made his debut in the BAL with a 3.40m vault to secure an excellent second place finish in the 'B' string competition.
It was great to see Sanchez Davis back in the squad recording a personal best of 5.93m in the Long Jump. George Skevis threw 34.55m in the hammer after returning from an ankle injury and Marcin Balun made his debut to the National League team in the Javelin with 49.33m despite carrying an elbow injury.
A s a result of injures there were a few event gaps at late notice but the team pulled together to cover. A special mention to the following athletes for stepping in on the day to cover. Matt Overall (200m), Rob Creed (800m and High Jump), Jamie Holme (100m), Tim Ellis (Triple Jump), Justin Tarrant (Long Jump) and Sam Shore (4x100m). The extra points proved essential in the final league standings in this closely matched competitive league.
The Crawley men completed the afternoon with an excellent win in the 4x400m relay. Ben Okeiyi (52.90sec), Sam Shore (50.77sec), Matt Overall (48.34sec) and Fred Afrifa (47.92sec) anchored the team to victory. As a result, the win lifted the team up an additional place to secure third overall in the team standings.
The final match result standings were :
1) Havering 325.3
2) Glasgow 316
3) Crawley 290.3
4) Kingston 287.3
5) Bristol 278
6) Nottingham 270
7) Chelmsford 221
8) Herne Hill 177
The third fixture will be held at Kingston, South London on Saturday 6th July.