State Age Championships This Weekend
Hobart's Domain Athletics Centre will play host to the states first major athletics championships of 2018 this weekend with the Tasmanian Age Track & Field Championships.
Hundreds of the states top junior athletes will compete as the pointy end of the season starts to come into clear sight, ahead of the Australian Junior Championships next month, of which this weekend will be a key selection meet.
Fresh off competing at the Australian open championships last weekend on the Gold Coast where she cleared a 2018 best of 3.60m, Raphaela Corney (UTAS) will be in search of the state open record of 3.75m that has been teasing her for much of the 16 year olds youthful career.
The race of the meet is likely to be the men's U'20 800m, with a stacked field coming from statewide in search of fast times and the state crown.
UTAS Athletic Club athlete Samuel Field boasts the fastest lifetime best in the field with an impressive 1:53.53 to his name, however one wrong tactical move and he could miss a medal, such is the depth.
Burnie Gift 400m champion Lachlan Bonney (NWAC) has worked on his speed all season and will be dangerous in a sprint finish, as will training partner Max Green (NWAC) who took out the open 1,000m at the Hobart Bikes and Spikes last month.
With seven athletes in the field all with bests under 1:57-minutes, it is depth the event hasn't boasted in nearly a decade in Tasmania. The straight final will be held at 3:14pm on Saturday.
Outstanding power athlete Jane Hickie (ES) has a monster weekend ahead, as she lines up favourite in the U'20 100m, women's high and long jump.
The 100m race should be spectacular, as Hickie will be against current Burnie Gift Champion Kiani Allen (ES) and Bec Kovacic (OVA). With favourable winds, any three could give the 12second barrier a nudge in the final at 12:50pm on Sunday.
At 8:30am on Sunday morning, the Open Men's and Women's 10,000m championship will be conducted. The women's race will feature standout athlete Meriem Daoui, current Cadbury Half Marathon champion and 5th place-getter in last Sunday's Bank of us Run The Bridge.
The 19 year old will revel being against the men, including Phil McConnon and Michael Davis who lead the men's open line up.
For full timetable and start lists, click HERE
For further details, contact:
Athletics Tasmania Executive Officer
Gabby Steele - 0407 352 021
Athletics Tasmania Social Media Manager:
Dominic Anastasio - 0459 366 090