The Crawley Men made an excellent start in the British Athletics League on Saturday 9th May following their promotion from last season to Division 2. The Crawley squad finished third place at the K2 home fixture behind Harrow and Thames Valley Harriers.
The Lasis brothers made a great start in the field by recording a double victory in the hammer.
Matt Lasis won the ‘A’ hammer with 62.98m which was not only a personal best but also broke Mick Jones’ 33-year-old club record of 62.82m.”Crawley AC men’s team manager Tim Kimber
Matt won the ‘A’ Hammer with 62.98m (pictured right) which was not only a personal best but also broke Mick Jones’ 33-year-old club record of 62.82m.
Younger brother James took the ‘B’ hammer win with a personal best of 54.25m and later sealed an ‘A’ string discus win with a throw of 43.29m.
Bradley Hall cleared 1.80m to win the ‘B’ high jump after team-mate Dave Bishop returned from injury to clear the same height in the ‘A’ competition.
Elsewhere on the field James Hollins recorded a new personal best in the long jump to finish fourth with a leap of 6.81m.
Leigh Walker took a fine second place with an equal season best of 4.40m in the vault.
There were also debut performances for U20’s Sam Cunningham (Javelin) and Jacob Veerapen in the triple jump leaping 13.93m to take second place and making a welcome debut to the BAL squad.
Competition on the track was also of a very high standard. Jason Hussain clocked up an impressive personal best in the 100m (10.65sec) to finish fourth. Fellow sprinter Frederick Afrifa also chalked up a personal best in the 200m with a time of 22.08sec to finish third ‘B’.
The sprint quartet of Hussain, Afrifa, Stefan Mitchell and new signing Aaron Carter sealed an impressive victory in the 4 x 100m relay at the end of the afternoon.
Elsewhere on the track, distance athletes Tim Ellis (10min52.61sec) and Ewan Short (8min55.44sec) recorded new personal bests in the 3k chase and 3000m respectively. It was encouraging to see young talent emerging in the middle distance area with U20’s Ben Golding, Billy White and Dan Eeles making their
debut to the team in the 800m and 1500m.
Likewise in the 400mH U20 Matt Overall made his debut to the BAL team with an impressive third place with a clocking of 57.22sec in windy conditions.
The final match result standings were :
1) Harrow 321
2) Thames Valley Harriers 310
3) Crawley 294
4) Kingston 291
5) Bristol & West 281.5
6) Notts AC 266
7) Nene Valley Harriers 232.5
8) Gateshead 157
The next fixture at Watford is on the 6th June.
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