Melbourne’s Nikki Chapple forced the pace during the women’s 10,000m before being the fifth woman home in under 32:30. In only her second track race over the distance Eloise Wellings was victorious in 32:19.08, leading home Lisa Weightman (32:20.14), title holder Lara Tamsett (32:20.39), Rebecca Lowe (32:24.70) and Chapple (32:29.92).
Wet conditions greeted the runners but this didn’t prevent a great race between Australia’s top women. Wellings was delighted with her performance.
“I can’t believe it, I’m so emotional,” Wellings said.
“I’ve been training really well but I didn’t expect that, that’s for sure. I had nothing to lose, I knew the other girls were in good shape and I just tried to follow them for as long as I could and tried to relax.”
National record holder Collis Birmingham took out the men’s tussle in 28:04.14 in a close race ahead of Ben St Lawrence (28:05.73) and Michael Shelley (28:13.13).
Ryan Gregson closed out a stellar junior career with a meet record of 8:02.56 in the De Castella junior 3000m. Gregson beat home defending champion James Nipperess who clocked a classy 8:06.11.
World discus champion Dani Samuels blew out the cobwebs with an early season throw of 59.94m.
Athletes in the men’s 800m had to deal with the worst of the meet’s weather.