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Sunday, 07 February 2010 20:39

Hunter Track Classic, Newcastle, 6th Feb

Sean Williams reports from Hunter Track Classic held in Newcastle on Saturday

Scott Westcott did a marvellous job as meet director. The music was pumping, the commentator was on the ball, the new track looked great and 2000 track fans were very vocal as many of Australia's best athlete's took to centre stage.





MEN 3000m: This race was the highlight of the night with international Isaac Kibiwot form Kenya plus 7 Australian reps in the field. Ben St Lawrence had an excellent run to defeat Beijing Olympians Youcef Abdi and Mitch Kealey. RBH junior Josh Johnson ran reasonably well as the rabbit taking St Lawrence through 1200m in 3.09. St Lawrence ran the rest of the race well clear of the field with his blinkers on. He kept drumming out the 63-64 second laps, very fast bearing in mind the windy (the wind readings for sprinters- around 2.5 m/s), humid (95%) conditions. Kealey, who had workded with Abdi the entire race, came second in 7.59.78, with Abdi 3rd in 8.03.40. After the race Abdi explained, "Conditions were tough out there. I was expecting sub 7.50 but it just didn't happen tonight". Kale Symons was the surprise of the race, coming 4th in 8.03.74. Harry Summers ran his first race since being injured and dipped under his pb to come 10th in 8.20.88. Summers was happy to beat Aussie world cross country reps Dave Ricketts (8.32.70) and Russell Dessaix-Chin (8.33.49).

800m: Wollongong whiz Ryan Gregson continued to impress with a fine pb in winning the 2 lap race in 1.47.06, putting 10 metres into former 400m world junior rep Tristan Garrett (2nd in 1.48.33) in the final 80 metres. Gurr was 3rd in 1.48.33, very pleased to knock off national champ Nick Bromley (1.48.98). Todd Wakefield ran well to win the B race in 1.53.47.

MEN 400m: 19 year old Kevin Moore from the Central Coast won the 400m sprint in a dashing 47.06. This was a fantastic effort considering it was Kevin's 3rd ever attempt of the 1 lap event. He used to specialise in 100m and 200m and is one to watch. RBH junior Steven Solomon clocked very good 48.59 to claim 4th place.

WOMEN 400m: Tamsyn Lewis ran a solid 52.86 to win by a big margin over a weak field.

WOMEN 1500m: National 10000m champion Eloise Wellings led for most of the race before being outkicked by Kaila McNight, who recorded 4.13.47. McNight put 20 metres into a tiring Wellings on the last lap, with Wellings running 4.17.81- a good test of speed before her big 5000m race in Hobart next week.

WOMEN High Jump: Amy Pejkovic lept a wonderful 1.80m but couldn't produce anything close to her 1.86m that she jumped earlier this season. The leggy Cherrybrook jumper performed her feat in front of a closely assembled crowd who were allowed on the infield, adjacent to the runway.

15 years old Harrier Josh Davies ran 1500m in Under 18 category and clocked very good 4:18.57.

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