The Crawley men had another excellent result to finish third at Kingston in the British Athletics League National Division 2 fixture on Saturday 6th July. Team Manager, Tim Kimber was delighted with the team performance securing eight victories across the afternoon.
It was great to see the Lasis brothers team up again following a three year gap in the opening field event, the Hammer. Matt took the early lead in the first round until his younger brother James sneaked a victory in the final throw with an impressive 53.94m. Matt held second place to secure a 'B' string win 53.53m and gain maximum points for the team. The brothers continued their winning ways with another double win in the Discus. The professional Rugby player, James again took the 'A' string victory with 45.84m and Matt wrapped up the 'B' string win with a 39.07m
Elsewhere on the field the pole vaulters were in fine form. William Snashall earned great points with a third place finish with a 3.80m clearance. Dillan Tierney matched the third place in the 'B' to gain excellent points with a vault of 3.20m
On the track the team got off to a great start in the opening event, the 400mH. Sam Shore secured a second place finish in 55.18sec and Ben Okeiyi continued his recent form to take the 'B' string win in another personal best performance of 56.46sec.
Charlie Baldwin had another great performance to run negative splits in a tactical 800m. Baldwin clocked a 54sec final lap to take second place with a 1:54.79 clocking. Ollie Johnson made his BAL debut to finish an excellent third place with 1:57.66.
There was some fine sprinting from Ishmael Smith-John with a solid 10.93sec in the 100m and U20 Joe Massimo 11.20sec. Massimo looked in great form in the 200m with a 22.32sec clocking while Ishmael recorded 22.76sec in the 'B' Jamie Holme continued his return to fitness following a foot injury with a solid 12.00 sec clocking in the non scoring 100m.
The sprint hurdlers were also in fine form. Sam Shore recorded 16.09sec and Richard Reeks ended his athletic career with a 'B' string win in 16.27sec, 1.85m high jump and a 44.85m Javelin. The former GB Decathlete has been suffering from an achilles tendon injury. Reeks will be missed from the squad after a commitment to the team for the last nine years.
Matt Overall continued his fine form with an 'A' string victory in the 400m clocking 48.32sec, Jamie Lambert completed the 'B' string despite suffering from a hamstring injury.
Super vet Howard Bristow ran an impressive 5000m despite the hot humid conditions. Bristow clocked 15.19.80 to take fifth place..The steeplechasers, Tim Ellis 11:21.10 and Rob Creed 11:21.10 also suffered in the conditions.
Elsewhere on the field Sam Heawood was in top form to break the club record with a 16.94m Putt and take victory in the Shot. Matt Lasis ended the afternoon with an excellent third place in the 'B' string (12.17m)
Sanchez Davis ended the day with excellent points in the final Field event, the Triple Jump. Davis secured third place with an impressive bound of 13.10m. Sadly Morgan Hayward had to retire from the competition with a back injury.
Man of the match went to Rob Creed who stepped up to cover four events to secure extra points and as a result moved the team up another place.
The final match result standings were :
1) Kingston 325
2) Glasgow 297
3) Crawley 289
4) Havering 281
5) Nottingham 262
6) Herne Hill 252
7) Bristol 237
8) Chelmsford 224
The final fixture will be held at Glasgow, on Saturday 3rd August which will be an exciting match with the Crawley Men only one league point adrift from a promotion spot to Division 1.