Seventh U15 league victory for Crawley

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Crawley Athletic Club won their seventh Sussex U15 League final comfortably from Brighton & Hove at Withdean Stadium on Friday evening.

Leading from early in the programme they never looked like being headed and eventually finished well clear with 486 points to Brighton & Hove’s 406 point who only just managed to turn the tables on last year’s runners up, Chichester, who totalled 402 with the rest of the teams more than one hundred points adrift.

The minor positions were quite close with Crawley winning the boys group with 248 Horsham second with 198, Chichester third with 189 and Brighton & Hove fourth with 176 but in the Girls group Crawley again came out on top with 238 points to Brighton & Hove’s 230, Chichester’s 213 and East Grinstead in fourth place with 115.

There were many fine performances in good conditions with Horsham’s Seb Wallace equalling the 80m hurdles League record, he had equalled earlier in the season with 11.5s as well as winning the long jump with 5.65m and clearing 1.70m to take second place in the high jump where he equalled winner Arthur Haines (Brighton & Hove) height but Haines won on count back.

There was another Horsham recording equalling performance when Surrey’s Dan Dearden cleared 3.76m to win the pole vault.

There were fine doubles in the sprints with Ruby Anning (Brighton & Hove) clocking 12.6s for the 100m and 26.4s in the 200m and Alessio Anah (Crawley) completed his double in 12.1s and 23.9s as well as chasing Wallace home in the hurdles in 12.1s..

In the girls hammer throw there was a tight battle with Crawley’s Chloe Lipscombe throwing 43.03m for victory to Worthing’s Freya Brennard’s 42.98m while other throwers to turn in fine efforts were Ollie Beach from Chichester who threw the discus 35.33m, Luke Twigger was well over the 40 metre mark again reaching 43.29m and Sasha Bowles who again topped the 37 metre mark in the girls javelin throw with 37.71.

On the track Worthing Ethan Muir recorded a fine win over Crawley’s Tom Kimber in the 300m in 40.4s to 41.4s while Tom James (Crawley) recorded a run-a-way win in the 1500m in 4:22.1s. .