Humphrey and Colgrave Take St Helens Doubles
North West athletes Aaron Humphrey and Jack Colgrave have taken a pair of titles each at the final carnival of the 2018/2019 Fulton Hogan Tasmanian Christmas Carnival series in St Helens.
It was a special week in many ways for Humphrey, as his wife Elizabeth gave birth to their third child, Ruby, on Monday.
It was a double double for the Latrobe school teacher, as he also won the same 1000m/3200m double last year. The points he earns today also gave him enough to surpass his stable mate Deon Kenzie to win the $500 bonus for The Advocate runner of the year series.
"It's been a big week. To be honest I'm just happy my wife Elizabeth let me come away for the weekend. There's a fair bit happening at our house right now," the 33 year old laughed.
In both races, back marker Sam Clifford placed second as the teenage prodigy continued to produce impressive performances.
Running from 5.25m, Burnie sprinter Jack Colgrave was unstoppable today taking out both the 70m and the 120m Gift.
"I'm really happy to get the win today. It was super close in the gift and the 70m was a real surprise," Colgrave said.
It provided consolation for the consistent performer who placed second at Latrobe and just missed his season goal of making the final at Burnie.
Launceston's Josh Duffy bookended his series with victories, adding today's St Helens Wheelrace to his major titles in Rosebery and his hometown.
The trio of titles giving him the title of The Advocate cyclist of the series and awarding him the $500 bonus.
"The win today was special because I was the backmarker. Obviously winning at home in Launceston was a huge highlight for the series but this one is special," the 18 year old said.
20 year old university student Emma Penney had the win of her career taking out the women's 120m Gift.
"It's my first season back and it was pretty exciting to get up and it's just really good to be back out here," the Frankford sprinter said.
"It was really close on the line, I didn't know who'd won. This is the biggest win of my career so far which is exciting," she added.
The women's wheel saw a win to front marker Suzanne Strates, as they held off a hardworking group of back markers, with Jessie Sawyer, Amalia Langham and Winanda Spoor all working hard to get into contention on the last lap.
"It was hard. Sometimes in track racing it isn't an individual race, but when your co-markers are going hard too it really helps. It was awesome today they were going fast too and we were able to hold off the scratch girls," she explained.
The open 400m final proved to be an exciting carnival finale, with Jarrod Gilroy flying home in the red to dip past Laura Downie on the finish line and a strong finishing Dan Lemoto.
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