Athletics: City face scrap for survival

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In a disappointing start to their British League (Premier Division) campign at Lea Valley on Saturday, City of Sheffield finished seventh, leaving themselves with a rearguard action to avoid relegation.

Sheffield had no A string winners. Rick Yates was runner up in the 400 hurdles (51.13) with Steve Garrett second in the B race with 53.65. The 5000 metres was a good event for Sheffield, Matt Bowser finishing third in 14:49.71 and newcomer Waynay Ghebresilasie winning the B race just two tenths of a second slower.

Bowser was also second in the 1500 metres (3:56.66) with Oliver James just inside four minutes to place third in the B race.

Tim Burn was in good form for Sheffield in the 400 metres, placing second in 47.52 and there was a personal best for Liam Ramsay, third in the B race in 48.69.

The best Sheffield field event performance came from 15 year old Adam Hague who cleared 4,80 for third place in the pole vault.

Match score: 1 Shaftsbury Barnet 351.3; 2 City of Manchester (Sale) 300; 3 Newnham and Essex 296.3; 4 Enfield and Haringey 291; 5 Woodford Green 265; 6 Birchfield 233.3; 7 City of Sheffield 223; 8 Herne Hill 197