Athletes star in classic at Hobart's Domain

BENDIGO athlete Tim Driesen achieved a Commonwealth Games B qualifier in his latest hammer competition.

The Canberra-based Driesen hurled the hammer 67.46m to win the final at the Briggs Classic run at the Domain Athletics Centre in Hobart.

The national hammer champion the past three years, Driesen is a long-time member at South Bendigo Athletics Club.

A goal will be to increase distances in the lead-up to the national titles in Melbourne in early April and possibly selection for another Commonwealth Games campaign.

Kyabram sprinter Emily Lawson also excelled in the sprints at the Briggs meet.

Despite the windy conditions, Lawson starred on the Hobart track.

The 17-year-old won the 100m in 12.61 seconds (wind reading was -3.2), and the 200m in 24.83 (wind reading was -1.2).

Runner-up in both finals was Tasmania's open champion Morgan Gaffney.

The Peter Barrett-trained Lawson will be one to watch at the Victorian under-age titles on February 15, 16 and 17 at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne.

Another Bendigo athlete in form at the Hobart meet was Brady Threlfall.

The Bendigo Harrier raced in the Bendigo region strip against a quality field in the 5000m.

Although he finished mid-field, Threlfall cut his personal best by eight seconds as he crossed the line in 14:18.55.

The Echuca-based primary schoolteacher ran under the national qualifying mark by six seconds. 

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