David Brehaut, Feb. 05, 2017
Keely Henderson confirmed her running career is back on track by taking out the MARS Ballarat Women’s Gift at the Eastern Oval on Sunday. The 19 year old became concerned about where her running was going for a while.
With this in mind last year’s Stonnington Women’s Gift winner did not believe a win of this magnitude would come so soon- saying Ballarat was in the top three event on the Victorian Athletic League with Stawell and Stonnington.
It did though and in emphatic fashion in a classy final.
She hit the line ahead South Australia’s Amie Mittiga (5.25m), with Maddie Coates coming off the back mark of 2m for third.
Henderson’s win completed a rare Ballarat double. She is coached by Craig Mair, who won the Ballarat Gift two years ago.
Henderson from Morang completed a clean sweep, winning her heat and semi-final as one of the best fields for a Ballarat women’s gift came together.
2013 winner Holly Dobbyn marked her return to the meet with a promising showing. She progressed on Saturday as one of the fastest losers in the heats and then burst into the final as a semi-final winner.
ACT-based Ararat runner Sarah Blizzard, who won the open 70m on Saturday. was another impressive heat winner to make the final, while two-time Ballarat Women’s Gift winner Sophie Taylor was in the hunt for a third right to the end.