Dou­ble gold for Sheat

Nelson Mail - - SPORT - PHILLIP ROLLO

Lucy Sheat is hop­ing to con­tinue her win­ning run when she dashes across the ditch later this week.

The Marl­bor­ough sprint star se­cured the 100m-200m dou­ble at the New Zealand Track and Field Cham­pi­onship at Por­ritt Sta­dium in Hamil­ton on the week­end, edg­ing her clos­est com­peti­tor, Ge­or­gia Hulls, twice in the W20 age group.

She’s now look­ing to con­tinue that suc­cess at the week-long Aus­tralian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney where she will line up in both the ju­nior and se­nior grades.

She said the mo­ti­va­tion for head­ing to Aus­tralia, and en­ter­ing in the se­nior grade, was to ‘‘get more ex­pe­ri­ence’’.

‘‘Rac­ing against the cal­i­bre of peo­ple over there will be so cool and also I just want to try and in­crease my times and make the most of the amaz­ing con­di­tions,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m not re­ally head­ing over to any ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions like I did last win­ter so this is a good chance to head over- seas and get more ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore I go into win­ter train­ing.’’

The 17-year-old Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­lege stu­dent dom­i­nated the 200m in Hamil­ton, win­ning the fi­nal in 23.96sec - a time that would have seen her fin­ish sec­ond in the se­nior women’s grade.

But her 100m vic­tory was a close one. She only edged Hulls by 0.01sec in a time of 11.96sec.

Though it was well out­side her per­sonal best of 11.68sec, na­tional cham­pi­onships are all about the wins and Sheat said she was just pleased to strike gold after fin­ish­ing sec­ond last year.

‘‘My times aren’t 100 per cent what I wanted but it was good to get there and get the dou­ble,’’ she said.

Sheat also teamed up with Amanda Fi­tise­manu, Sa­man­tha Hardie and Beth Versey in the 4 x 400m to fin­ish sec­ond be­hind Hawke’s Bay Gis­borne in 3min 59.04sec.

Sheat’s haul was just two of Tas­man’s five gold medals with Fi­tise­manu win­ning the W20 400m hur­dles in 62.99sec, Bai­ley Cot­ton the M20 200m in 22.25sec and Jared Laut­enslager the M20 5000m in a 73sec per­sonal best of time of 14min 43.71sec.

Marl­bor­ough’s Alex Daw­son was just out of medal con­tention in the M18 100m fi­nal, end­ing up fourth place in 11.50sec.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK HAMIL­TON/ FAIRFAX NZ

Lucy Sheat won the 100m-200m dou­ble at the New Zealand Track and Field Cham­pi­onship in Hamil­ton on the week­end.

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