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PROTRACK » GENERAL » 2014 ACT Championships - 8th & 9th Feb - Decent fields for the Sprints: Breen v Pearson

2014 ACT Championships - 8th & 9th Feb - Decent fields for the Sprints: Breen v Pearson

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Some pretty decent fields are listed for the ACT championships this weekend.
For the Men’s & Women’s 100m/400m (most of the 100m runners are doubling up in the 200m) the leading contenders are listed below.

The highlight will no doubt be the match up between Melissa Breen and Sally Pearson.

Last week Breen ran an 11.25 PB, while Pearson ran 7.41s for 60m.

My experience converting 60m times to 100m time for athletes who can run around 11.2 would be to add 4.0s for the next 60m.

So going on Sally's 60m time, she was probably 11.4 shape last week. Given it was her first hit out, she should be in the 11.3's this week.

Based on that, I'm tipping (providing she remains composed) Melissa might have her first win over Sally in the 100m. If she does, it will be the first time Sally has been beaten by Mel in the 29 races between the two.

Men’s 100m –Overall  24 entries
Leading contenders:
(Seed time order)

Jake Hammond (10.45)
Simon Greig (10.61)
Justin Merlino (10.65)
Jake Lynch (10.80)
Jin Su Jung (10.82)
Matthew Bertacco (10.88)
Rod Wainwright (10.95)
Adam Rabone (10.95)
Ollie Wurm (11.20)

Women’s 100m – 18 entries
Leading contenders:
Sally Pearson (11.2)
Melissa Breen (11.25)
Ashleigh Whittaker (11.53)
Monica Brennan (11.59)
Ella Nelson (11.76)
Eloise Graf (11.80)
Laura Whaler (11.90)

Men’s 400m – 20 entries
Leading contenders:
Kurt Mulcahy (47.07)
Joel Milburn (47.13)
William McNamara (47.41)
Deluca Lawson-Matthews (47.69)
Joshua Johnson (48.00)
Ollie Wurm (48.05)
Richard Haggie (48.19)
Lewis Horenko (48.22)

Women’s 400m – 10 entries
Leading contenders:
Caitlin Sargent  (52.16)
Anneliese Rubie (53.52)
Jess Gulli (54.08)
Lauren Wells (55.11)
Laura Whaler (56.00)


I'm tipping Melissa Breen for the win in a close one!! Should be a ripper though



Melissa Breen set to take on Sally Pearson at ACT track and field championships

By David Polkinghorne
Canberra Times
February 4, 2014

Having lost all 29 of her meetings with Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson, Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen will go into Sunday's 100-metre showdown at the ACT track and field championships at the AIS track on Sunday as a massive underdog.

But the two-time national 100-metres champion says she is in ''great shape'' for what is shaping to be a dress rehearsal for this year's Australian sprint title.

Breen posted a Commonwealth Games A-qualifying time of 11.32 seconds in Canberra less than two weeks ago, all but booking her ticket to Glasgow.

The 23-year-old just needs to finish top-two at the nationals in Melbourne next month to get to her second Commonwealth Games.

Breen said it looked like being perfect weather for a fast time in the ACT on Sunday, with a predicted 37 degrees ideal.

She will look to beat her personal best of 11.25 and hopefully get her first win over Pearson in the process.

Pearson is preparing to defend her 60 metres hurdles world indoor crown in Poland next month, before she contests the Australian nationals in April.

The pair have not raced each other ''for a few seasons'' due to both battling injury last summer.

''It'll be a good battle, she's beaten me every other time we've raced. The odds are definitely in her favour … so I'm definitely the underdog,'' Breen said. ''I feel like I'm in great shape, so if I can execute a great race and take it to her then I'd be happy to do that.''

Breen said it was not just her and Pearson competing on Sunday, with emerging sprinters also making their way to the nation's capital.

With the national athletics series in progress, Breen said it was a boon for ACT athletics to have a quality field come to Canberra.

Canberra is not part of the national series but Breen felt this was a tick for the strength of the state championships.

It also means it is the first time all the leading contenders for the Australian 100 crown will race each other this season.

''It'll be a great comp on the weekend, we've got a lot of the young girls coming through from Victoria and NSW … so it will be a lot like a tour meet this weekend in Canberra, which is great because we don't actually have one on the calendar,'' Breen said.

''With so many of the great girls here this weekend, it will be a rehearsal of what's ahead through the Perth Track Classic, Sydney, Melbourne and then obviously on to trials back in Melbourne.''

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