Mason Keast is a quiet, unassuming teenager.
He is hard to get a word out of.
On the athletic track that makes no difference. He lets his legs do the talking.
Keast, who runs under the guidance of Rob Lehmann, had a break-out year in Victorian Athletic League sprinting ranks last season, getting into the Stawell Gift final.
He has gone on with the job and while yet to land a Gift victory this season has reached a string finals – Daylesford, Rye, St Albans, Maribyrnong and Parkdale.
He is hoping to do the same off 8.25m in the Len Templar Ballarat Gift, 120m, on a home track at the City Oval this weekend.
Keast, who won a 70m at Castlemaine, said he had been “very happy” with his results.
“I’m happy with the way I’m running.”
Keast rarely misses a meet and the constant competition works well for him.
“I’m getting stronger.”
The Ballarat Gift heats will be run on Saturday, with semi-finals and final on Sunday.
BALLARAT Athletic Club will again offer the richest masters prizemoney pool.
The 35-plus 120m is worth $1000 and 300m $2000, while the women's/masters 1600m, will carry $1000.