Commonwealth Games bid for Byrt in Gift

SHARP Geelong sprinter Angela Byrt will fine-tune her bid for a Commonwealth Games spot in Daylesford today.

Byrt is the sole female entered in the $2000 Daylesford Gift 100-metre field and will run off the 10.25m mark in the pink in heat three.

The 25-year-old from Geelong narrowly missed a chance to compete in the IAAF World Championships last year – Byrt was selected in the preliminary Australian Flames squad for the women’s 4x100m but the team failed to qualify for Moscow.

Byrt will run off one metre in the Daylesford women’s 100m in the Victorian Athletic League meet at Cricket Willow.

In-form Ballarat teen Holly Dobbyn (5.5m) will line up next to Byrt in the white for heat three with veteran Narelle Lehmann (6m) the next lane over.

Newly crowned Maryborough Gift winner Lee Forrest, from Tallangatta near Albury-Wodonga, is not named in the Daylesford field.

AFL boundary umpire Adam Coote will attempt to capture his second sprint title this week, after claiming the Burnie Gift 120m sash on New Year’s Day.

Coote will run off 7.5m in the eighth and final Daylesford heat, that will feature Maryborough runner-up Noddy Angelakos (10m).

Ballarat’s Jordan Keast (7.5m) enters the meet in strong form after winning the Ararat under-20 sprint title on Monday.

The Rob Lehmann-trained junior has drawn tough competition in heat seven against traditionally strong rivals Shaun Fletcher (5m) and Cam Dunbar (6m).

Lehmann (6.75m), who has made an impressive array of veterans finals this season, will go head-to-head with fellow seasoned Ballarat performer Peter O’Dwyer (8.25m) in heat five.

Nathan Fox (6.75m) is the first Ballarat athlete in heat action for the Gift, racing in heat one, while and in-form Liam Procaccino (6.75m) and veteran Evan King (9.75m) are named in heat four.

Lachlan Innes, Shaun Fletcher, Adam Jackson and young long jumper Ryan McNamara will share the shortest mark of the field and race off five metres.

Ballarat will boast an exciting band of young runners in the women’s 100m.

Cleo Anderson (5.75m), Jenna Cartledge (6m) and 13-year-old Jess Lehmann (5.75m) will also contest the new VAL Rox Moynihan under-17 100m.

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