Over 40 entries have been received for this Hilson Builders-backed Sally Conroy Memorial 200m as part of this Saturday’s Memorials and Rare Air track and field meet. A big night of action at the Bendigo Regional Athletics Complex in Retreat Road, Flora Hill kicks off at 5.30pm and includes two of Bendigo most sought-after track classics: the 200m Sally Conroy and the 1500m Richard Kitt Memorial.

Heats of the Sally Conroy Memorial 200m will be contested from 7pm ahead of semi-finals at 7.35pm and the final at 8.30pm.
The Flack Advisory Services Group-sponsored Richard Kitt Memorial 1500m has attracted a quality field for the 7.50pm showdown.

Both memorials are run under handicap conditions and have been long-standing features of the Bendigo International Madison, but the likelihood of a modified program for the 50th carnival in March meant a change in planning.

Victorious in last year’s Conroy final from the eight-metre mark on the grass track at the Tom Flood Sports Centre, South Bendigo’s Oliver Muggleton is in superb form.

Other runners to watch include Eaglehawk clubmates James Bentley, Kathryn Heagney, Terry Hicks, Angus McKindlay and Jorja Morrison, and South Bendigo’s Allie and Belle Guillou, Aaron and Jemma Norton, and James Woods.

Contenders from Bendigo Harriers include Geoff Jordan, David Morrissey, Eric Baker and Lachlan Carr.

Richard Kitt Memorial 1500m

A dual winner of the Richard Kitt Memorial, Yvette Palmer from Bendigo Harriers will chase victory once again.
Yvette won the race as a Tuohey in 2015, and Palmer in 2020. The field for this Saturday’s contest includes South Bendigo’s Logan Tickell, Taryn Furletti and Debby Kirne; Eaglehawk’s Shaylee Anderson and Kevin Shanahan; and University’s Nathan Crowley, Ebony and Mason Woodward.
A strong group from Harriers is led by Anne Buckley, Eric and Mychael Baker.

Pole Vault

Summer competition manager for AB, Peter Barrett said Saturday’s meeting under lights would include another round of pole vault action for the Rare Air club. Mixed pole vault for novices will be on from 5.30pm ahead of the women’s open at 6.40pm and men’s open at 7.30pm.
Little Athletics will also be involved through the running of 200m handicaps at 7.20pm.

South Bendigo star James Woods will be aiming to soar high on home turf against some of the state’s best from metro and other country clubs.

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This article was previously published on the Bendigo Advertiser. Words by Athletics Bendigo volunteer, Nathan Dole.