Written by DB
K&P enjoyed home advantage for the first time in the 42-year history of Rosenheim League Finals,edging to victory over a resurgent Croydon,with Herne Hill and Hercules Wimbledon in 3rd and 4th.
On a warm,calm evening at Kingsmeadow,the team kept their noses in front for almost the whole of the contest,eventually triumphing for the second time in 3 years with 81 points to Croydon?s 76.
Final scores : K&P 81/Croydon 76/HHH 73/HW 57/R&T 41/Serpentine 38/BA 31/Bank 15 ? the full individual results,with non-scorers,can be found via Results on the Home page menu.
The main architect of our summer campaign,Humphrey Waddington ? 128pts from 32 events in the 7 matches(so who?s going to replace him next summer when he?s at Cambridge University?!?!) ? set the ball rolling with a pb 17.2 in the 110 hurdles with a later near-pb in the LJ(2nd 6.28); fellow U20 Alex Thomas took 3rd in the 800(2.11.2);Victor Nwagbara epitomised his own personal contributions to the Club this and recent summers,as well as those of all Chuck Isetts? sprints group,by having 2 battles royal with Lawrence Mensah(HHH),being edged out of the 100(both 10.8) but exacting revenge in the 200 with a 22.2 to 22.4 victory thanks primarily to a fine bend;Draco Mkpa took 2nd over 400(51.7),coming back well from a recent hamstring strain;Gareth Cook continued to maintain the high standards he has brought to K&P since he joined,with a 56.36 win in the Hammer and a 38.39 2nd place in the Discus ? he has scarcely lost a HT comp since coming to K&P in 2002;Maurice Joyce again came to our rescue both in the PV(4th 2.60) ? and then on the Timekeepers? stand;joint Team Captain,Mike Maranzano,steamed over from late duty in Colchester and then steamed past his rivals in the home straight to win the 1500(4.19.7),just ahead of Ross Shaddick(4.20.4),this time representing the Bank;Ant Budarkiewicz(M45) belied his years yet again to take 5th team place in a large 32-strong 3000(9.45.8);whilst our 4 x 200 squad of Emmanuel Olukoya,Rugare Mabika,Draco Mkpa & Victor Nwagbara swept to victory in 1.33.7 to crown a successful evening. There were also several good performances in the non-scoring including 11.1 100 from Andre Nembhard and a 23.0 200 from Rugare Mabika.
Well done,all,not least our own and visiting officials!
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