Lara Nielsen, Vandy Kanneh, Sarah Buchanan, Lauren McAdam and Matt Denny are representing the maroons down in Tasmania Sunday the 25th and Monday the 26th of January.
Lara Nielsen will be starting the Hammer Throw in a strong position ranked in the number one position with 63.11m ahead of Emma Keleher with 60.21m so she could potentially take home a win for the Queenslanders.
There are five men seeded with sub 11 times for the Men’s first heat in the 100m and Vandy Kanneh is one of them. Vandy will be racing from lane one in the same race as the recent schoolboy superstar of the track, Jack Hale from Tasmania.
Lauren McAdams and Sarah Buchanan will have a very good race on their hands, lining up against Commonwealth Games Finalist and Australian Champion Lauren Wells. McAdams personal best of 61.91s and Buchanan’s best of 61.53s ranks them mid pack with three girls with bests in the vicinity of 61s.
With defending champion Tim Driesen missing through injury, the hammer throw at this weekend’s Briggs Athletics Classic in Hobart is now one of the tightest field events on the program and local Commonwealth Games representative Huw Peacock, 22, and Queenslander Matthew Denny, 18, and Jack Dalton, 20, will be one of the top events to watch over the long weekend.
Despite being the youngest, Denny has the top personal best of 67.23m, just 1cm better than Peacock’s.
It looked like the event would be a straight shootout between Denny and Peacock, but Dalton, who only recently returned to Australia after a year training in Germany, put his name right in the mix with a 63.67m throw in his first competition in Australia for 2½ years on the weekend and Peacock couldn’t be happier for him.
“It’s going to be a good competition, I threw 65m on the weekend and that came after a long week of training so I think if everything goes well on the day I can go over 70 metres.” Denny said.
Day one of the Briggs Athletics Classic begins at 4.45pm on Sunday with the second day of competition starting from 8.45am on Monday.
*Parts of article by Simeon Thomas-Wilson. The Mercury.