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AA preview of the Adelaide Track Classic via Runners Tribe

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Gayen to lead local charge at Adelaide Track Classic

From AA
RT Ross
Runners Tribe
on February 13, 2014

Margaret Gayen (SA) headlines the local charge at the Adelaide Track Classic this Saturday night, with the Commonwealth Games hopeful keen to burst out of the blocks in the women’s 100m and 200m.
Competing in the short sprints at the SA Athletics Stadium as part of her preparation to push for selection in the women’s long jump for Glasgow 2014, the 19-year-old Gayen, who competed at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in the long jump, will this weekend face the toughest of rivals in Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson (Qld).
“I’m keen to get out there and have a crack at the sprints this weekend. So far this season the long jump has been going really well, and I hope this translates to my track performances too,” Gayen said.
“I don’t normally run the 200m at national level so I am looking forward to seeing how I shape up in the longer race. And I’m excited to race against Sally again. I haven’t had too many chances to run against her and I know that she is someone that will push me to my best, and someone I can learn so much from as a younger athlete.”
Gayen has this season already soared 6.62m to achieve her first Commonwealth Games ‘B’ Standard. With plans to compete as part of the Australian Athletics Tour in the coming weeks, the 19-year-old is keen to work on her speed on the track as preparation for future long jumping events.
“The long jump is definitely my preferred event though. I’ll be jumping in Sydney and Perth, and of course at Nationals. My biggest jump this year is just three centimetres off the A Qualifier and I am hoping to jump that before or at the Australian Championships to really make a play for selection. It’s quite a competitive event this year with a few girls around the mark, so cementing my spot isn’t going to be easy.”

Australian Flame Nicholas Hough (NSW), Alex Beck (Qld), Craig Burns (Qld), Kelly Hetherington (Vic), Alex Rowe (Vic) and Josh Ralph (NSW) join Gayen on track.
Hough starts in the men’s 200m after running a Commonwealth Games ‘B’ Standard in the 110m hurdles at the ACT Athletics Championships last weekend, while Beck and Burns, who made the 4x400m relay final at last year’s IAAF World Championships, will battle it out with a returning Sean Wroe (Vic) in the men’s 400m.

On the hunt for Glasgow 2014 qualifiers, two-lap specialists Hetherington and Rowe will tackle the 800m for the first time this season, with Ralph, who ran a Commonwealth Games 800m ‘B’ Standard at the Zatopek:10, to also race.

Launching in the women’s pole vault after soaring 4.61m, a Commonwealth Games ‘A’ Standard, at a Rare Air Club event in Melbourne on Wednesday night, is Alana Boyd (Qld), with the national record holder to be joined in the field by Linda Leverton (Qld) in the triple jump and IPC Athletics World Championships medallists Guy Henly (NSW, discus) and Katherine Proudfoot (ACT, shot put).

In the women’s javelin, IAAF World Championships silver medallist Kim Mickle (WA), London 2012 finalist Kathryn Mitchell (Vic) and Commonwealth Games ‘A’ Qualified Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT) will compete.

“It's not a surprise that the women’s javelin is strong at the moment, I knew that Kelsey was capable of the ‘A’ Standard, but it is exciting that’s for sure,” Mitchell said.
“Adelaide is going to my first competition for the year, and I will throw in the middle of a pretty heavy training load. I want to get the year off to a great start, but it’s hard to know how much of an effect my training will have on my ability to throw big.

“I am coming into this year strong, and after missing a bit of work last year following my surgery, I think that will mean big things for me. I hope to hit a PB, continue to perform well on the Diamond League as I did in 2013 and hopefully finish atop that podium in Glasgow.”

The Adelaide Track Classic is the last National Athletics Series event before the Australian Athletics Tour thrills fans of track and field in Perth (22 February), Sydney (15 March) and Melbourne (22 March) in the coming weeks.

The South Australian capital has played host to a National Athletics Series event for the past three years, with the National Athletics Series returning to the city for the first time in seven years in 2012.



AQ Preview of the Queensland athletes competing in Adelaide


The third major competition in the Australian Athletics Tour is the Adelaide Track Classic. Following some impressive results at the recent Hunter Track Classic and the Briggs Memorial 25th Track Classic in Hobart, Adelaide will hopefully put on some hot conditions to light up the track with some great performances.

On the track from QLD, Sally Pearson will be lining up for her 2nd 100m race since June 2012. After a fantastic opening race in a time of 11.27s against the new Australian 100m Record holder, Melissa Breen at the recent ACT State Championships, we hope to see Sally in even better shape than her first race. Pearson is also entered in the Women’s 200m.

Nicholas Boylett, Tom Gamble and Alex Hartmann will be making up the strong fields in both the Men’s 100m and 200m. Boylett has been in great shape this season taking out the 200m in the Hunter Track Classic in January in a time of 21.39 and Hartmann coming in 2nd in a time of 21.70s.

In the 400m Alex Beck, Craig Burns and Dylan Grant will have a good race on their hands against Victorian Sean Wroe and Richard Haggie from NSW. Burns is currently ranked 3rd on the Australian rankings with his time of 46.99s from the 18th of January.

Brittany McGowan will be doing her 3rd Track Classic this season after winning the Hunter Track Classic in 2.04.75 and running strongly in the 1500m at Briggs. Eliza Curnow from Victoria will be strong competition for her to perhaps push her to that Commonwealth Games B qualifier of 2.02.10.

Pole Vault, Triple Jump and High Jump will be strongly represented from Qld, with a line up including Alana Boyd starting the first of her full run up competitions after recently jumping a Commonwealth Games A qualifier off a short approach. 2006 World Junior athlete’s Matt Boyd and Charmaine Lucock will also be jumping in Pole Vault. The three Triple Jumper’s Tetteh Anang, Aliyah Johnson and Linda Leverton will all be having their first competition off a full run up. Women’s High Jump has shown to be a very strong event across Australia this year and Qld will be represented by Hannah Joye and Ashy Reid.

With a Commonwealth Games B qualifier already under his belt, Matt Stopel will be looking to better that throw in the hotter conditions along with Sonia Weatherley in the Women’s Javelin.

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