Victorian Laura-Jane Hilditch salutes after storming to victory in yesterday’s Burnie Gift.LAURA-JANE Hilditch made it a Victorian double recording a comfortable victory in the women’s gift at Burnie yesterday.
The 22-year-old Victorian university student from Altona coached by John Henry, ran from a mark of 9.25 metres and crossed the line ahead of Canberra Australian 100m sprint champion and backmarker Melissa Breen (0.25m) with Latrobe Gift winner Carmen Oakley third from 10m.
Hilditch’s winning time for the 120m event was 13.74 seconds.
She finished third in the Latrobe Gift and was Victorian Athletic League sprinter of the year for 2010-11.
She won the Bendigo 400m Gift last year and was second in the Queanbeyan Gift.
“It was really good and I just got out and ran fast and hoped they wouldnt catch me,” she said.
“The false start didn’t affect me and I didn’t get a good start the first time so I was glad they called us back.
“I was really happy with the race _ I came second at the big gift in Canberra and this has been my goal after that so it’s good to succeed in my goal.”
Hilditch said she enjoyed the atmosphere of the Burnie Carnival with a vocal crowd and rated the victory as “up there with my best” in her first taste of Tasmanian carnival running.
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