Devil made ‘em do it: Aussie outdoor nationals are in Tasmania
The logo for the March 7-10 Australia Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships features the Tasmanian devil. How cool! The meet is being held in the Taz towns of Hobart and Launceston (for throws and regular pentathlon). Early results are posted. Organizers said of the meet dates: “This is a trial away from Easter in response to many members so that Easter can be spent with family. … Championships away from Easter will be of great benefit because we struggle to get officials at Easter and numbers tend to be down because of increased airfare and accommodation costs.” Entrants are listed here. Like USATF outdoor nationals, athletes of the year will be feted. But not in age groups. They pick honorees by event groupings. Here are the nominees. They have 11 finalists in the sprints-hurdles category, for example, including our friend Marie Kay. Six vie in the jumps. Same for distances. How strange to have outdoor nationals one weekend and world indoors two weeks later. Not much of an off-season.