2008 Women's Bay Sheffield winner and former national relay representative, Alicia Wrench-Doody scorched down Colley Reserve on Sunday to easily win the Women’s 70m at the Pre-Bay meeting. It was Wrench-Doody’s third SA Athletic League sash of her career – coincidentally all have been won at Colley Reserve.
In the most impressive performance of the day, the only woman to win both the prestigious Women’s Bay Sheffield and Burnie Gifts, Wrench-Doody was simply stunning blowing away the field by 3m off the very tight handicap of 1.50m in the super quick time of 8.60secs. The Steve Butler trained Emma Freer (3.25) finished 2nd while the recently married Zoe Steele (8.25) finished 3rd.
Wrench-Doody burst on the scene two years ago; winning medals in both the 100m and 200m at the national titles before joining 2011 world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson in a 4 x 100m team in Osaka. The Western District athlete has suffered a few set backs through injury since 2009, but on Sunday the diminutive Wrench-Doody left no-one in doubt she was back to her best and a serious chance for the Women’s Bay Sheffield on December 28.
Coastal squad athlete Luke Buchanan (8.25) followed up his recent Henley Gift win with another victory in the 70m Open. Buchanan was too good leading home Camden’s Brad Schutz (9.00) and 2004 Bay Sheffield winner Andrew Steele (4.50) in 7.76secs.
After a quiet season last year, 30 year old Dylan Hicks (9.75), returned to some of the form that netted him the rich Whyalla Gift in 2009, winning the Mort Daly 120m Open in 12.97secs. Camden athlete James Cibich (7.00) continued his impressive Gift form with his third runner’s up prize of the season while dual Bay Sheffield finalist Ryan Hancock (9.50) was 3rd.
The 550m Open became a race between two athletes running from the same mark. With both starting on 44m, Sam Royans took the lead down the back straight, to hold out Andrew Brown while Brad Jones (68m) from the newly formed Southern Intensity Squad held on for 3rd. Royans’ time of 1min 12.02secs was very good considering the extremely windy conditions.
McKinnon Parade’s Katherine Robb (52) won her first race for several years, when she took out the Women’s 550m in 1min 21.70secs. Robb had to work hard to overcome tenacious frontmarkers Lauren McHugh (86) and Lisa Roberts (82).
SANFL boundary umpire, Dillon Tee (190) developed a commanding lead in the first two laps of the 1600m Open, effectively putting the race out of reach for the gallant Flinders athletes Rob Killmier (70) and Shane Thiele (105) and scoring in 4mins15.55secs. The ease of the win, suggested Tee is looking ominous for the 1600m at the Bay Sheffield carnival.
Tee’s comfortable win was replicated in the women’s 1600m when Flinders’ Tasmin McMahon ( 175) scooted away with the race in 4mins 40.01secs, McMahon ran a well judged race to quickly round in the frontmarkers before storming away to win from Lauren McHugh (240) and Courtney Ryder (310) who filled the minor placings.
As part of the Pre-Bay meet the SA Athletic League conducted several junior races involving over 100 athletes. Beach sprinters won both the sprint events with Grange Surf Club’s Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera (10.00) winning the Under 20’s 120m and Coastal squad’s Taylah Scapens (16.00) scoring in the Under 17’s 70m. The Under 20’s 1000m was won for the second year in succession by McKinnon Parade’s Max Stevens (70) while 12 year old Kyle Roberts (56) from the Camden club, won the Under 14’s 550m.
In the veteran’s events Camden stalwart Mick Abbott (82) was a popular winner of the Over 35’s 550m, holding out Shane Rubino (64) and Steve Wilson (32) who finished 2nd and 3rd, while a thrilling finish in the Over 45’s 120m saw Ross Hill-Brown (19.50) narrowly beat Brett Stokes (21.00) and Ali Saliu (8.00).
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