A very cool and windy Domain Athletics Centre, Hobart hosted some of the country’s best athletes on Sunday the 25th of January for the Briggs Athletics Classic. A strong collection of five club athletes made the trip down to Hobart.
Tom Robertson kicked things off from lane 8 in the Men’s 400m Hurdles, finishing in 7th place in a time of 55.83. Although not his best race Robertson has now consistently run three 55 second races this season, hopefully that break out run is around the corner.
Conrad Coumaros was next up in the Men’s 400m B Race. The race was under manned with a number of causalities prior to the start, one being Kevin Rassool having to withdraw due to tightness. Coumaros came home strong to claim 3rd in 49.27. Much like Robertson, Coumaros has consistently run low 49 second runs this season, cracking the 49 barrier won’t be far away.
Eddie Vining was up against a classy Men’s 800m field, including World Relays Representative Jared West. Vining sat deep in the field early finding himself having to do considerable work at the bell lap. Vining finished strongly to take 5th place in a time of 1:51.82. This wrapped up a quality week of racing for Vining after running a seasons best of 1:50.40 at the Victorian Milers Club on Tuesday evening.
Abbey De la Motte didn’t compete in the main Sunday night program but was a starter in the Women’s 800m on Monday morning. She was a class above the rest as she ran away with the win in personal best time of 2:07.23. Predominantly a 400m runner, De la Motte is providing to be very versatile across the two events this season.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Hunter Track Classic in Newcastle on Saturday the 31st of January for the next instalment of the Australian Athletics Tour.