British Athletic League – National 2 – Round 2
Nuneaton Saturday 2nd June 2018
|5||Newquay & Par AC||266.0||4|
|6||Glasgow City AC||241.0||3|
|7||Rugby & Northampton AC||233.0||2|
|8||Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC||227.0||1|
A great fourth place finish at Nuneaton on Saturday keeps the Men's British League squad in second place in the table and firmly in the promotion hunt at the half way stage of the four match season.
The middle distance events presented the track highlights. Rob Warner was second in the 3000m 'chase in a season's best and Ben Davis won the B event at his first crack at the senior distance. Warner was also fourth in the 5000m, as was B string Jamie Buckley-Stanton. Finn Hutton's PB placed him joint fourth in the 800m, to jump into the club all time lists while higher claim athlete Max Jones won the B race. First year Under 20s Tom Keevil and Elliot Cordery both set 1500m PBs for third place in the A & B strings.
The throws were also productive. Laurence Goodacre and Emmanuel Quarshie were both shot runners up, as was discus thrower Duane Jibunoh, who added fourth in the B javelin. Higher claim Baddar Echakch scored well placing second in the hammer and fourth in the javelin, despite cutting his hand when his pole snapped during the vault, which earned him fourth place points. Graham Holder was third in the hammer and fifth in the B discus, and Luke Williams was fourth in the vault and sixth in the B hurdles.
There were welcome returns from injury from Tom Pitkin in the 400m and 400m hurdler Adam McCarthy, while Karl Tucker ran faster than before in the 110m hurdles, and there were also personal bests for the sprint pairing of Lewis Bailey and Ayo Akingbehin who set new marks in the 100m & 200m respectively. Skipper Jason Lendon filled a gap in the B 400m hurdles.
After their promotion to Division 2 last season the squad had not expected to challenge to step up to Division 1 this year but that is now a real possibility. If they can field strong teams in the matches at Bedford in July and Bournemouth in August a second successive promotion could be on the cards.
STANDINGS AFTER Match 2 of 4
|4||Newquay & Par AC||10.0||560.0|
|6||Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC||6.0||516.0|
|7||Glasgow City AC||5.0||494.0|
|8||Rugby & Northampton AC||3.0||410.5|