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North-West pair win Central Coast Gifts (TAL Report)

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North-West pair win Central Coast Gifts

By Jarryd McGuane
The Burnie Advocate
20 November 2017

Brooke Jones and Daniel Reeves following their wins in the
women's and men's gift at the Central Coast Athletics Carnival at
Penguin on Sunday. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

North West Athletic Club pair Daniel Reeves and Brooke Jones held off quality fields to win the 120 metre men’s and women’s gift at the Central Coast Athletic Carnival at the Penguin Athletics Track.

Coming into the men’s final after victory in heat three, Reeves, 28, started the men’s final with a mark of 8.75 metres and finished in a time of 12.93 seconds.

He finished ahead of Mark Nichols in second place in 13.09 from a 11.25 mark and Andrew Robinson in third in 13.18 from the back mark of four metres.

Reeves said the warm conditions the runners had to deal with helped level the competition in his favour with his expertise being over 400m.

“I believe my strength is over the longer distances like the 400m or 800m and the longer we were in the warm weather, the more it would be to my advantage,” Reeves said.

“It made it possible for me to make up extra ground on the other guys and it worked in my favour.”

Despite his strength over the longer distances, Reeves withdrew from the 400m race following the gift to recover.

Reeves said the conditions did affect the decision to not race in the latter race, as he builds for a tilt at the Australian Athletics Championships.

“I think it is right to just call it a day to go home to rest before I return to training this week.

“I am trying to build and run quick times so I can to nationals and normally the state champions get the chance to compete there.

“But next year, they have been scrapped and you need to hit a qualifying time which is about 0.3 seconds off my personal best.”

In the women’s gift final, Jones started as the front marker off seven metres and led for the entire race with her eventual finishing time of 14.33.

Abby Chapman off 4.25m finished in second with a time of 14.55, with Laura Downie off 6.75m rounding out the podium in 14.61.

Jones, 18, said being the front marker in the race meant she had to dictate the pace of the race and not worry about the chasing field.

“I was the front marker, which meant I had to run my own race, have a good start and run out as hard as I could because I wouldn’t know who is gaining on me,” said Jones, who also won the Launceston Gift last week.

“The only way you can tell someone is coming is by the PA system and other than that you really don’t know the situation of the race, which can be difficult.”

The Devonport runner, who had battled with a broken foot over the past two seasons, believed a strong heat with Chapman had her prepared for the final.

“I thought I was running good from the heats, in which Chapman ran really well and I knew then I would need my best for the tight final.”

In the other marquee events, Australian Paralympian Deon Kenzie swept the competition aside to take victory in the open 1600m handicap in a time of 3:58.74.

Coming in second was Aaron Humphrey in a time of 4:01.73 and Sam Clifford finished third in 4:14.19.

Sandy Loring took out the women’s in 4:18.05 ahead of Darcy Miller in second and Isabelle Sharman in third.

In the open 400m handicap final, Max Green broke away from the high quality field to finish first in a time of 46.98.

Second was Jack Colgrave in a time of 47.70, with women’s gift winner Jones backing up to take third, narrowly ahead of Morgan Gaffney and Lachlan Bonney.  

In the masters 300m handicap, Luke Whitney crossed the line with a comfortable victory with a time of 35.77, ahead of Tim Potter in 36.29 and Harvey Jones in 38.21.

The open 70m final was taken out by Alex Riddell in a time of 7.80, with Brendan Smart taking second place in 7.93 and the podium round out by men’s gift runner up Nichols in 7.99, narrowly defeating David McCrae’s competitive time of 8.03.

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