Lawson races to worlds

KYABRAM sprinter Emily Lawson has qualified for this year's world junior track and field titles in Oregon.

Lawson was in superb form at the Australian junior track and field titles run in Sydney.

She won gold in the under-20 women's 200m in 24.05 seconds and silver in the 400m in 54.25.

The South Bendigo Athletics Club member broke the Bendigo residential records for the 200m and 400m from under-18 to open.

Lawson won silver in the under-20 4 x 400m relay.

The talented teen is coached by Bendigo's Peter Barrett.

This season is the third they have teamed up.

"Emily had been racing really well in the lead-up to these titles," Barrett said. "The bronze medal-wins in the 200m and 400m at the Australian All Schools in Townsville in early December lifted her confidence."

Barrett said a lot of training programs and racing tips were given via email or text message.

"Emily has worked really hard to be running the times she is."

He said there was a great rivalry between Lawson and Molly Blakey, daughter of former AFL player John Blakey.

"She has regularly travelled to Bendigo for the Saturday afternoon meets.

"A year ago she was battling a foot injury and there were some setbacks in last winter's training."

Lawson's run to Sydney included gold in the open 200m and 400m at the Bridge Classic in Hobart, gold in under-20 200m and silver in the 400m at last month's Victorian junior titles.

Lawson won the under-20 200m and 400m at the Victoria Country titles in Ballarat in January.

Away from the track, Lawson is studying year 12 at Goulburn Valley Grammar.

The junior worlds will be in Eugene, Oregon in July.

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