Ballarat sprinter Domaschenz claims women's classic again

BALLARAT sprinter Tara Domaschenz is riding the crest of a wave.

The 21-year-old is still basking in the glory of a second-straight win in Australia’s richest female footrace – the $15,000 Stonnington Women’s Classic, 100m – which she claimed under lights at Toorak Park on Friday night.

Domaschenz, the newly crowned Australian Athletic Confederation female sprinter of the year, stormed to victory in the final from her handicap mark of 5m.

The performance follows her win off 6.75m last year.

Domaschenz said going back to back was something she never thought was possible after her triumph in 2012, but she began to believe it was after recording the fastest heat time.

“It has sunk in a bit more (winning a second time).

“I took it all in. I made the moment last,” the fourth-year University of Ballarat student  told The Courier.

“Half-way through the final I’d thought ‘I’ve lost this’. I was kind of shocked and I think it was determination that pulled me through.”

Domaschenz, who recorded 11.53sec in the final, said she was in the form of her life.

Friday night’s win follows placings in the Ballarat and Keilor women’s gifts, as well as dual third placings in the 100m and 200m at the Victorian Country Athletics Championships in late January.

Domaschenz said focusing solely on sprint training and doing away with 400m practice had been beneficial.

“I thought last season was awesome but maybe this season might be just as good,” she said.

Domaschenz will now prepare for this coming weekend’s Victorian Open and AWD Track and Field Championships in Melbourne before a return to the Stawell Gift at Easter.

She then heads to her third national titles, in Sydney, where she will compete in the 100m and 200m.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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