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Brian Wilson rewarded for going the extra distance (PreBay Gift review)

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ALL PRE-BAY carnival results can be found here: http://www.saal.org.au/index.php?id=30&meeting=125

Brian Wilson rewarded for going the extra distance

Walkerville athlete Brian Wilson’s move to focus on the 800m paid off when he outlasted backmarker Sam Russell in a thrilling battle to the line in the 550m at the Pre-Bay carnival at Colley Reserve on Sunday.

Russell hit the front with 50m to go before Wilson drew level and went stride for stride to the line. Only 10cm separated two of the state’s best 400m athletes with Wilson getting the verdict from the judges.

Wilson competed in the sprint events last season, winning the Sacred Heart Gift.

“I’m focussing on 400’s and 800’s this season, Wilson said.

I’ve been training with the best 800m athletes in SA, Dylan Stenson and Bryce Watkins, and it is paying off”.

“I’m hoping to qualify for the 400m at nationals.”

Wilson will attempt to record a national qualifying time at the ACT championships next month.

Czenya Cavouras (7.75m) showed her class with a strong win in the Women’s Gift beating home Kayla Lemm (10m) and Taylor Phillis (8m) in 14.20sec.

Kyle Roberts (7.5m) made it back to back Gift victories, when he held off Sebastian Baird (5.25m) and Mitchell Tucker (6.75m) in 12.94secs.

Wynn Vales’ Harrison Hunt could not have been more impressive when he flew down Colley Reserve to triumph in the 70m Open. It was the 18-year old’s second 70m sash this season. Despite not competing over 120m since January, Hunt will start as one of the favourites for the Bay Sheffield on 28th December.

Coastal’s Lily Micklethwait made it consecutive sprint wins adding the 70m to her 100m sash from Kensington.

The 1600m open saw McKinnon Parade’s Tim Earle score his first sash since taking out the 800m and 1600m double at Marion in January.

It was a tight finish in the 70m Novice when NBD’s Lachlan Grubb, who turned 15 this week, edged out Flagstaff Hill’s Ryan Williams and Pembroke’s Liam Moss.

All four junior events went to first-time winners with Brandon Smith (Under 14’s 70m), Calum Scrivens (Under 18 Boy’s 120m), Natalie Brooks (Under 18 Girl’s 120m) and Harrison Evans (Under 18’s 550m) each opening their sash account.

In the Women’s’ and Over 35’s 1600m, Team Tempo’s Julia New-Tolley took home her second sash in as many weeks while Camden’s David Holmes also collected his second sash in the Over 35’s 550m.

Kelly Ferber made it a double for Team Tempo, with victory in the Women’s 550m.


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