Top work in track and field feature
THE first of the season’s feature events kicked off Round 4 of the Athletics South’s track and field competition, with the running of the men and women’s 1500m.
The women’s race was a terrific contest, with four athletes in contention with a lap to go, including early leader Emily Best and the OVA pair of Hannah Sheers and Metasebia Duggan.
However, it was Sophie Cooling from Eastern Suburbs who pulled away in the closing stages to win in 5:17.88.
The men’s race was a battle between 1500m specialist Ben Covington and the newly crowned state half-marathon record holder, Dejen Gebreselassie. Covington cruised home in the final lap to win in 4:01.84.
The sprint events were marred by strong winds but Laura McShane managed to produce a solid time of 26.54 to take out the women’s 200 event. John Howe took out the men’s 200m race in 23.23.
In the women’s 400m, Bianca Taglieri clocked 65.14 to beat Bella Farid and Madi Casey.
In the men’s 400m, Noah Patterson-Robert won in 51.64, by half a second from Jarred Gilroy and Brandon Clark.
Jane Hickie won the women’s high jump, long jump and 100m hurdles, a feat nearly emulated by Tyson Hartill, who won the men’s long jump, shot put and finished second behind Dillon Dickson-Jaques in the high jump.
Sam Morey produced an excellent run in trying conditions to win the 5000m.
The 4x100m relays were won by Eastern Suburbs (women) and Sandy Bay (men).