Melissa Breen continued her great from in Melbourne to take out the Women’s 100m in commanding fashion in a time of 11.41 (1.3). The conditions on the night were not as favourable as Sydney and without Sally McLellan in the field to push her along this run was extremely impressive.
It has already been an outstanding domestic season for the 19 year old with numerous runs in the 11.40’s which is under the B standard for the Commonwealth Games on various tracks around the country. This consistency is sure to lead to a another jump in improvement in the next month with a couple of runs on some of the fastest tracks inthe country planned.
With no 400m Hurdles on the program for the Women Lauren Boden tried her hand at the flat 400m. Lauren set up the race with real agression and coming into the straight with 100m to go she was just behind race winner Jody Henry and runner up Tamsyn Lewis. Despite losing some form in the past 50m Lauren held on to run a new personal best of 53.70.
Brendan Cole put up a strong challenge to multiple major championship medalist Danny MacFarlane in the 400m Hurdles. Cole set up the race much quicker then his race in Sydney and going through half way was right with Danny. Unfortunately he hit 3 of the last 5 hurdles costing him valuable time and a chance to take victory. Despite this he finished with another B qualifier for the Commonwealth Games with 50.45.
The night finished with a very exciting race for the Matty DEPT. with the running of the 4 x 400m. The squad team took on two Australian teams, New Zealand, Australian Junior and various other state teams.
Lead off by Tom Burbidge (@48 second leg) the team changed the baton in 3rd position. Brendan Cole ran a superb second leg (@46.9 second split) to take the squad team to the lead at the half way point. Jesse Matthews (@49 second split) lead down the back straight until the 2 Australian teams made there move in the last 100m. The final runner Brendan Matthews (@47.9 second split) then proceeded to show little respect for himself or the Australian team runners namely Ben Offereins and Sean Wroe when he charged past Ben down the back straight and then ran right up along side Sean with 150m to go. He did pay the price in the past 50m but it was very exciting action indeed.
The squad team broke their own ACT record running 3.12.44