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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Jacarna Bain-Fenton will run in AA 4 x 400m relay in Brisbane

Jacarna Bain-Fenton will run in AA 4 x 400m relay in Brisbane

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Bain-Fenton joins Aussie relay qualifying bid

Maitland Mercury
15 Dec, 2011

One thing has led to another for Jacarna Bain-Fenton in recent times.

First it was a national talent camp in Hobart, then it was a silver medal at the Australian All Schools Championships and now it is the prospect of wearing the green and gold at next year’s World Junior Championships.

The 17-year-old Abermain athlete has been invited by Athletics Australia to participate in a 4x400 metre relay team at the Brisbane Track Classic on January 14 and the squad will attempt to qualify for the international meet being held in Barcelona in July.

“It’s all going well at the moment and it has been one thing after another,” Bain-Fenton said.

“This [the Brisbane Track Classic] will test my ability but ever since I got back from [national talent] camp my confidence has been great.”

Bain-Fenton attended a national training camp in the Tasmanian capital late last month where Cathy Freeman’s former coach Peter Fortune was full or praise for the talented teenager.

“Just to be selected was amazing but it was great to get good feedback – it was a real boost for my confidence.”

It showed in her performance the

following week at the Australian All Schools Championships in Brisbane where she scored a silver medal in the women’s under 18 400m race.

Bain-Fenton finished behind Tasmanian Abbey de la Motte, who has already qualified for next year’s World Junior Championships after clocking a time of 54.95s.

Bain-Fenton’s personal best is 56.06s and the qualification mark is 55s flat.

“She [de la Motte] is unbelievable but I’m still trying to get there [individual qualification],” Bain Fenton said.

“I just need the right day with the right preparation so hopefully I can get there if I put my mind to it.

“Just to go to World Juniors would be awesome, even if it was just in a relay I would still be happy and the experience would be incredible.”

Bain-Fenton and de la Motte will team up in Brisbane next month as part of the push for relay qualification.

Following Brisbane for Bain-Fenton will be the Hunter Track Classic (January 21) and the NSW Country Championships (January 27-29).

In other athletics news, East Maitland’s Kara Bull placed second in the women’s 100m and third in the women’s 300m at the Cowra Gift on Saturday.

Bull will contest the rescheduled Queanbeyan Gift on Saturday after the event, now the richest amateur women’s race in Australia, was washed out last month.

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