ATHLETES mark a return to the Bendigo track for Saturday night's seventh round of Athletics Victoria's Shield League.
For all athletes it's a crucial build-up to the Victoria Country track and field titles being run across January 28 to 30 in Bendigo.
There's also the fight for the AVSL premiership in which Eaglehawk has starred in premier division to be third in a competition led by Essendon and Diamond Valley.
Bendigo Harriers and South Bendigo will be desperate for points in division two.
The twilight meet kicks off at 5.30pm when hammer throw is contested at the Bendigo Regional Athletics Complex in Retreat Road.
A field of 28 for the hammer throw includes Eaglehawk's Olivia and Craig Graham and Rhondda Dundas; South Bendigo's Jemma and Kai Norton and Kellie Doering; and Bendigo Harriers' Hunter Gill and Haylee Greenman.
Track action begins with the distance hurdles at 6.30pm.
A highlight of the meet will be the 100m and 200m sprint showdowns.
Athletes to watch in the 200m include Eaglehawk's Cameron Smith, winner of last Saturday night's Sally Conroy Memorial, and clubmate Kye Mason.
A talented field in the first of the women's 200m heats includes Eaglehawk's Laura Kadri, Andrea Archibald and Jorja Morrison; and Bendigo Harriers' Caitlin Evans.
Eight heats of the 800m will be run.
Bendigo Harriers' Brady Threlfall will mark his return to the Bendigo track by racing in the 800m and 5000m.
High jump star Liam Shadbolt from Bendigo Harriers is in the first flight and will be determined to soar above the 2m mark again.
A major strength of South Bendigo and Eaglehawk is in the 50-plus classes and above.
Some of the Hawks' best in the veteran categories include David Chisholm, Terry Hicks, Kathryn Heagney and Antony Langdon.
Key members of South Bendigo's 50-plus group include Trudy Haines, Greg Hilson, Carol Coad, Jackie Guillou, Debby Kirne, Jennifer Payne, and Joan Self.
Other events on the field program are long jump, discus, and pole vault.
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