Top work in track and field fea­ture

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - HOLLY SMEE 67

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).

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