THE four clubs in the Flack Advisory Bendigo Region marked a return to track and field action at the Tom Flood Sports Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The upgrade of the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill, which will include the track still being red, meant a switch in venue.
It was the first time since the early 1980s that Athletics Bendigo has run a club meet on the grass at the Barnard Street venue.
For several competitors the hit-outs were part of the build-up to next weekend’s Bendigo International Madison carnival where two of the Bendigo Region’s feature track events, the Flack Advisory Richard Kitt Memorial 1600m and the Hilson Builders-backed Sally Conroy Memorial 200m will be run.
Eaglehawk’s Asher Jones was in great form as he won the first of the men’s 100m and 200m heats in 11.58 and 23.2 seconds.
Jones’ clubmate from the Borough, Niah Langtree ran and won the second of the men’s 200m heats in 25.7.
The women’s 100m was won by Chelsea Tofful from Bendigo Harriers in 14.30 and clubmate Jorja Peace took out the women’s 200m heat.
Closest finish of the day was in the second of the 800m heats where Eric Baker edged out Bendigo Harriers clubmate Geoff Jordan by four-hundredths of a second.
Eaglehawk’s James Bentley ran brilliantly to win his 400m heat in 57.5 from Ryan Shaw of Bendigo Harriers in 58.0. The women’s 400m was closely-fought as Tiffany Bussem-Jorgensen won in 1:18.7 from clubmate Yvette Tuohey, 1:19.9.
University’s Wil McCaig continued his great form as he won the opening 800m heat in 2:11.4 as Declan Osborne from Bendigo Harriers was runner-up. A great afternoon for University athlete Craig Green included wins in the 3000m and his heats of the 200m and 400m.
Hunter Gill from Bendigo Harriers took out his 800m heat ahead of clubmate Garnet Rodda. The afternoon’s racing began with the 1500m walk in which John Watson from Bendigo Harriers was victorious.