Commonwealth Games javelin gold medallist Kathryn Mitchell has made a promising return from a lengthy time off.
Mitchell finished second at the Queensland Track Classic - her first competition in 11 months.
Canberra's Kelsey Barber won with a world championships qualifying throw of 62.65m.
Mitchell reached a best of 60.73m on her fifth attempt.
"We're working on some things," said Mitchell, who earlier this month was crowned Ballarat sportswoman of the year for a fifth time.
"It was good to just try and get back into the rhythm of competition and try to practice what we've been doing.
"There's a lot of work to be done. Results wise we are heading in a good direction."