Ballarat athletes in action in national track and field championships

RACEWALKERS Kelly Ruddick and Rachel Tallent, and 400m hurdler Kate Ryan hit the track at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Melbourne today.

Sprinters Tara Domaschenz and Joel Bee are also among Ballarat representatives in action today.

Ruddick and Tallent line up in the 10,000m at 7pm, while Ryan runs in a heat about 12.55pm.

While the titles double as the Commonwealth Games trials, Ruddick and Tallent have only a championship to compete for, with racewalking not on the program at Glasgow.

 Domaschenz has entered the women’s 100m and 200m, with the 100m heats today from 5pm.

Bee takes on men;s 100m heats from 5.35pm.

Unfortunately, Ballarat javelin thrower Kathryn Mitchell has withdrawn from her event this morning owing to a shoulder injury.

Mitchell has already thrown A qualifying distances for the Commonwealth Games, but was looking to cement her place in the team with another strong performance.

Mitch Thompson ran in the men’s open 800m heats yesterday, but missed out on advancing to the semi-finals, while hammer thrower Emma Werner was unable to progress from the qualifying the round.

Collis Birmingham (10,000m) is among Ballarat athletes who will compete over the weekend.

BFNL LAUNCHES SEASON

Ballarat Football and Netball League has its season launch tonight.

Former Australian netball captain and now radio broadcaster Liz Ellis will be special guest.

She will also lead two clinics in Ballarat today for juniors at the City Oval at 4pm and BFNL coaches at 5pm

Former Melbourne football and now media personality David Schwarz will also be at the BFNL launch.

MASTERS BASEBALL STARTS TODAY

The three-day Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival starts in Ballarat today.

Games start at Prince of Wales Park at 9am, with the last on the opening program at 6.30pm.

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