Kingston keep hold of the RosenheimTrophy
9:15am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
By David Green
Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers retained the Rosenheim League trophy on a wet Wednesday evening in front of home support at Kingsmeadow.
More than 200 people braved the inclement conditions to watch the showdown between the eight best senior men’s teams in the eastern and western divisions of the League.
It was a comfortable victory for Kingston in the end, despite only recoding a couple of out-right victories, while Croydon surprised to take second and Belgrave finished in third.
Kingston’s Jordan Smith-Bent provided the stand-out performance in the 100m, coming from behind to pip Hercules Wimbledon’s 16-year-old dynamo Theo Etienne by one hundredth of a second in 11.02, after the latter made the kind of electric start that could put him in the frame for national honours over 60m.
Driving summer rain, a slick track and a slight headwind kept a lid on the sprint times, but Dwayne Cowan recovered from a shaky start to romp home in the 200m for Hercules in 21.65secs while Croydon’s young star Marcelle Rowe clocked a solid 53.02secs in the 400 m.
Belgrave stalwart Paskar Owor’s showed his pedigree in the 3,000m, cruising to victory in eight minutes, 40 seconds.
Herne Hill’s Jonathon Stead came in second at 8:48, recovering in the last 10m to see off a strong challenge from Croydon’s David White, who finished with the same time.
Owor’s victory came despite the Ugandan picking up a slight hamstring strain earlier in the evening after he was forced to put the hammer down in the final straight of the 800m to beat Walton’s Hugo Fleming by four-tenths of a second in 1:58.12.
Elsewhere on the track, Croydon’s Peter Chambers led from start to finish to take the 1,500m in 4:05.44, while Hercules’ Rob Tuer’s superior technique helped him withstand the challenge of St Mary’s Richmond’s Sathira Don and win the 2,000m steeplechase in 6:38.6.
Andy Wheble led for Kingston in the field, hurling the discus to a top distance of 43.55m, while Stuart Thurgood of Herne Hill Harriers was the best of the bunch in the hammer, his one legal throw reaching 56.79m.
Herne Hill’s Dami Omohwa provided the sparkle in the long jump, with the 19-year-old, who is a triple jumper by trade, leaping to 6.94m despite the soggy sandpit and difficult runway.
Croydon’s Ned Quiney won the pole vault after clearing 4.50m on his first attempt.
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