SESEMANN SEIZES HIS CHANCE
THE distance races here were of a higher standard to those in the Premiership and saw Blackheath & Bromley’s Phil Sesemann score an important double.
Firstly he tracked the pace of Dewi Griffiths to win the 3000m before a final sprint got him home in 8:04.25. It was a similar finish for the 24-year-old in the 1500m as he just got the nod over Euan Gilchrist in 3:52.07.
Of the 3000m win, he said: “I thought about going earlier but I didn’t have it, but I was quite ill after that 3000m.” Griffiths added: “I nearly had it and should have picked it up earlier but I raced a good 5000m on Wednesday in 13:33.”
Despite Welsh clubs Cardiff and Swansea battling out the two previous fixtures, Sale got their act together to take the match and, after Matt Sumner took the 400m hurdles in the rain, had a good series of National division one field wins. Callam Brown’s hammer was 65.44m, Alan Hamilton’s long jump 7.25m and Chris Baker’s high jump 2.18m.
The most dramatic event in the second flight was the 3000m steeplechase where Ieuan Thomas had his eyes on a World Championship qualifying time (8:32). He set off with a 2:45 first kilometre and was still on target with a lap to go. A 67-second circuit would have done it but it was not to be.
The Cardiff man caught his trailing leg on the back straight barrier and tumbled to the ground. He dusted himself down and jogged home in 8:57.39. “My legs were shot and I was too tired so I am disappointed,” was his verdict.
Brett Morse was below par for Cardiff despite his 57.91m discus win, while Jason Copsey threw 62.36m to take the javelin for the Welsh outfit. Windsor dragged themselves out of a relegation place with a fourth spot and had Deji Tobias add the 100m in 10.50.
Rory Graham-Watson too ran well for Windsor before being jumped by Cardiff’s Alex Coomber at the end of the 800m, with a PB 1:49.03, after a 53.6 opener.
Perhaps it may have been better if the final round of matches were chosen as the debut of this new format as promoted and demoted clubs could then see with whom they would be competing next season.
Phil Sesemann (2): 1500m and 3000m double
Owen Smith: 48.17 win for 400 metres
Iuean Thomas: sub-9min steeplechase