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Hicks makes it three from three (Henley Review)

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Hicks makes it three from three

by Paul Young
adelaidenow website
November 05, 2012 11:20AM

Edwardstown runner Dylan Hicks has been lighting up the track this season.

EDWARDSTOWN sprinter Dylan Hicks has continued his blistering early-season form by winning his third consecutive meet, the 120m Henley Gift at Henley and Grange Memorial Oval last Sunday.

Hicks, 31, ran off a handicap of 8.75m to cross the line in 12.57sec to claim his third-straight sash.

He beat McKinnon Parade stable mates Adrian Harris (8.00m) and Brad Letton (8.75m) to become the first sprinter to record wins at the opening three South Australian Athletics League meets since reigning state 100m champ Robbie James won the opening four meets in 2008.

Hicks' win comes after blistering runs in the Port and Flinders gifts last month and sets him up for a tilt at the Whyalla Gift on November 17, an event he won in 2009.

If he is successful in Whyalla, he will become the first athlete in the meet's 69-year history to win the event twice.

At Henley last Sunday, South Coast beach runner Yasmin Openshaw, who ran off 13.75m, won her first 120m event in eight years on the SAAL circuit when she narrowly edged out Megan Letton (13.25m) and Lauren Edwards (8.50m) to cross the line in 14.32.

The difference between first and second was 0.008 seconds.

Sacred Heart student Sam O'Grady (13.50m) made it a double for Luke Hildyard's South Coast squad when he took out the under-17 120m in 12.75.

It was O'Gradys first win with the SA Athletic League.

Patrick Cusenza (15m) was only centimetres away in second place with backmarker Jack Hannah (10m) just behind in third.

In other results, Tim Johnson won his second event of a scratch start this season when he took out the over-35 120m in 13.62.

Despite the field being lifted a half metre from where it started in Johnson's win at Port Adelaide last month, the four-time Bay Sheffield finalist was able to overcome Daniel Flesfader (5.75m) and Alex Jefferies (17m), who tied for second place.

Camden's Riordan Welsh caused a boilover in the Open 300m when he outlasted hot favourite Alex Saliu to record his first open win.

Saliu had earlier comfortably beaten Welsh in the second heat and looked to have the race at his mercy but Welsh (26m) found something extra in the final to hold out Saliu (14m) and Tim Johnson (21m) in 33.80sec.

Deng shows clean pair of heels
DENG Bulabek has become the first ever Sudanese runner to win a pro-running event South Australian Athletic League history with an impressive victory in the under-20 300m event at the Henley Gift last Sunday.

Bulabek, who stands at 198cm, moved to Australia five years ago from a refugee camp in Kenya.

The Young Guns Track Squad member stormed down the outside to beat Prince Alfred College student Riley Bonner, who was running off a 35m handicap, and Sam Gill (22m), to record a win in 33.64secs.

After overcoming a serious knee injury that required a 12-month rehabilitation, Amy Robb finally returned to the winners list when she won the women's 300m at Henley.

The Steve Butler coached Robb (30m) was never headed and crossed the line ahead of Bridgid Connolly (16m) and Andrea Di Paolo (17m) in 39.07.

The Open 800m event was won by Tim Earle (59m), who held off Ryan Hage (58m) in the final 200m.

Brad Jones (90m) finished third.

Teagan Kustermann (44m) beat Flinders Athletic Club stablemates Courtney Ryder (110m) and Melissa Lloyd (42m) to cross the line in 2:14.42.

Flinders dominated the 800m events winning three of the four on offer.


tjimarri sanderson/milera didnt dead heat for 3rd
in the u20 300



Under 20's 300m FINAL
1 Deng Bulabek (17) 33.64
2 Riley Bonner (35) 34.31
E3 Tjimarri Sandersn-Milera (14) 34.85
E3 Samuel Gill (22) 34.85

Yeah he did birdman, I missed it when writing the article. Sorry about that. Under the pump to get the article out on time and didn't have time proof read it as thoroughly as I'd have liked.

(The original version actually missed the women's 300m altogether and then had to be re-done when I realised I'd left it out......)

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