REIGNING Victoria Country champions, Eaglehawk Athletics Club is eyeing many medals and personal bests when the 2019 titles are run in Bendigo from January 26 to 28.
Hawks’ young guns – James Bentley, Jamie Harrison, Kye Mason and Lachlan Start – will play key roles in the club’s bid to retain the Margaret Saunders Country Cup, and to claim the David Kitt
Memorial trophy as number one men’s team.
It’s a big commitment by all four of the Terry Hicks-coached athletes to compete and train.
Harrison and Mason live in Cohuna; Bentley is from Moama; and Start lives in Charlton.
After starring in school events, all four have gone on to excel at state and regional meets.
At the country titles, Bentley, 14, will contest the under-16 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and shot put.
Highs this season include a best of 11.22m at shot put, and the 800m is his favourite event.
Harrison will race the 200m, 400m and 800m in the under-20s division.
The 18-year-old has a personal best of 50.9 in the 400m.
Mason’s time of 10.8 in the 100m is the Bendigo Centre record for under-17, 18, 20 and open level.
The sprint ace will also contest the 200m and long jump on the Australia Day holiday weekend.
First cousins, Mason and Harrison train in Bendigo twice a week.
It’s the field where Start will be in the under-20 long jump, triple jump, javelin and discus.
Start has a PB of 13.28m at triple jump, and 48.5m at javelin.
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