Photos by Casey Sims
In a close race where he was just pipped on the line by Japan's Yoshihide Kiryu in a photofinish, 21-year-old Rohan Browning became the equal third fastest Australian ever over 100m with a run of 10.08 seconds.
The run was also the fastest by an Australian since 2007 when Josh Ross ran the same time to become the fastest Australian ever on home soil. It's a mark that Browning now shares.
Behind Kiryu and Browning the rest of the field also made good use of the maximum allowable wind of 2.0 m/s, with Jack Hale shaving one hundredth of a second off his PB with a run of 10.19 seconds, Alex Hartmann setting a PB of 10.27s in fifth and Jake Doran running a solid 10.32s for sixth.
Conditions were ripe for sprinting, with Kiryu capturing the sprint double later in the night with a 20.39 second run in the 200m, ahead of Hartmann's 20.59s (+1.5 m/s). But it was the efforts of the young Australian 4x100m quartet of Doran, Browning, Hale and Hartmann who opened the program with a 38.83s win using safe changes of the baton that perhaps augured best for future medal hopes in major championships.
In the field Brooke Stratton starred, responding to her narrow defeat last weekend in Perth, with her opening round jump of 6.74m (+1.6) good enough to win the competition. Homecrowd favourite Naa Anang approached the distance with her third round performance of 6.69m (+1.1) but couldn't improve further.
With three jumps over eight metres from the four attempts he made during the competition, Darcy Roper put in a consistent performance, with his best jump of 8.05m (+1.1) taking a 15cm victory from Henry Smith.
Kelsey-Lee Barber and Kathryn Mitchell opened their seasons with displays that demonstrated their world class ability, with Barber winning 62.65m to 60.73m.
It was Mitchell's first competition in 11 months, with the Commonwealth champion happy with the performance.
"We're working on some things and it was good to just try and get back into the rhythm of comp and try to practice what we've been doing," she told Athletics Australia.
"There's a lot of work to be done. Results wise we are heading in a good direction, I'm not stressed."
Meanwhile, Liam O'Brien broke through to the top ten Australian all-time list with a big opening round throw of 81.36m. It secured him victory, claiming the scalp of Hamish Peacock and making him the favourite for the upcoming Australian Championships.
Just short of the qualifying standard for the World Championships in Doha, Matt Denny was nonetheless impressive in the discus, showing his consistency this season with a throw of 64.85m. It was the Queenslander's fourth competition this year over 64m.
After smashing through the third hurdle Nicholas Hough showed all of his strength, speed and style to run through the field for a 13.64s (+1.2) win in the 110m hurdles.
In the 3000m walk Dane Bird-Smith took victory in a fast 11:01.32, while just more than a minute behind Katie Hayward set a world junior best of 12:10.17.
Bird-Smith, an Olympic medallist from Rio, bravely opened up about his struggles with mental illness in interviews published the day following the meet.
The youth exuberance of 16-year-old Ellie Beer as she celebrates her victory in the 400m in 52.53s ahead of Caitlin Jones (52.79s) and Lauren Wells (53.18s).
In the final event of the night an Australian 4x400m quartet was chasing the qualifying time of 3:05.00 for the World Relay Championships, to be held in Japan in May. An aggressive lead out leg from Ian Halpin set the momentum for the team, with Tyler Gunn and Alex Beck running well to extend the lead before passing to 2012 Olympic finalist, Steve Solomon, to anchor. With a classy and controlled performance Solomon brought the team home in a time of 3:03.67.
Photos by Casey Sims @caseysims_