Hercules men prepare for Southern League final show-down

Sutton Guardian: Top show: George Longworth won the 800m at the final Southern Men's League meeting Top show: George Longworth won the 800m at the final Southern Men's League meeting

Hercules Wimbledon AC's men ended their Southern Men's League Division 1C season on a high with a narrow win in their final match at Tooting Bec on Saturday.

And, putting icing on the cake, Dwayne Cowan won the man of the match award.

As a result, the team has been invited to compete in the League final at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre, Eton, on Saturday, August 2.

South of England 200m champion Cowan led the way by storming to victory in the 400m in 47.75 seconds, the outstanding performance of the day.

He was just outside his personal best of 47.28secs set last season, Hamed Agboke secured maximum points in the event by taking the B race.

The match started with a win on the track as former junior international Austin Ferns, returning to action after injury, took the 400m hurdles in 56.13secs.

There were also maximum points in the pole vault with Mike Franklin and David Harris taking the A and B contest.

Nnamdi Odum took the triple jump with 13.75m, Joseph Chukwuadinula the 100m in 11.04secs, Alex Robinson the 1,500m and Antonio Douglas the high jump.

Douglas then linked up with Chukwuadinula, Odum and Kevin Owusu-Manley to secure victory in the 4x100m relay.

There were other good performances from George Longworth and Liam White, who won the 800m and 5,000m B races, and Esmond Ferns, Steve Bayton, Jonathan Cornish, Robert Tuer and Alex Urban who were second in the 800m A, 1,500m B, 5,000m A, 3,000m steeplechase A and 3,000m steeplechase B races. Kevin Owusu-Manley was second in the B long jump.

Match result: 1 Hercules Wimbledon 221; 2 Soouth London Harriers 213; 3 Kent AC 211; 4 Herne Hill 198; 5 Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets 126; 6 Dorking & Mole Valley and Reigate Priory 23; 7 London AC and Queen's Park 20.

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