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Newson breaks Gaffney’s winning streak

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | IMGSTG Admin

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The photo finish judges were required to separate two more North West athletes for the bronze with Abby Chapman gaining the nod by a couple of thousandths over Ashleight Corbett, both given 12.49.

 In the men's event, OVA's Jacob Depard celebrated his selection in the Australian team for July's World Junior Championships by claiming the gold in 10.98 into a one metre per second headwind over North West police officer John Howe (11.04) and Tom Farmer (ES) who recorded 11.21.

 2013 Stawell Gift winner Andrew Robinson led five men under 50 seconds in the men's 400 metres, taking victory in 49.09 from Sandy Bay pair current national under 17 champion Russel Taib (49.53) and Jarred Gilroy (49.87).

 Samantha Lind (ES) who will join Despard on the plane to Eugene in the USA had a commanding victory in the Lynne Mazey Memorial 400 metres for women in a time of 56.25, ahead of OVA pair Lauren Gorringe (57.14) and Maddy Scott (57.33).

 Julia Minnucci (ES) - 4.31.66 and North Launceston's Josh Harris - 4.00.18 won the 1500 metres titles by strong margins whilst in the field the star of the show was again 15 year old Jack Hale who leapt 7.20 metres, just short of the under 17 record he set last weekend to become the state long jump champion.

 But the Northern Suburbs lad did not have it all his own way with experienced team mate, Brandon Clark proving a fomidable opponent on the day - taking the silver at a near personal best 7.11 metres.

 Hamish Peacock seems recovered from his recent injury and warmed up for his preferred javelin competition tomorrow with a throw of 46.97 metres to win the discus title. The women's championship was won by reguar Victorian visitor Kim Mulhall at 52.54 metres, with youngster Alice Cox the first Tasmanian with 38.47m.

The Championships which also feature the State's Masters titles continue tomorrow and are sponsored by "Be the Influence" - Tackling Binge Drinking.

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