Stewart McSweyn will be targeting a world championship qualifier when he contests the Tasmanian steeple championships in Hobart in Saturday.
The King Islander’s PB of 8:34.45 sits him atop the Tasmanian all-time rankings list, but just outside the 8:30.00 required to qualify for the world titles in London.
Having completed six weeks of altitude training at Falls Creek, McSweyn is confident of achieving the time required to make his second national team for 2017.
Joining him in the event is fellow UTAS athlete Josh Harris, of Launceston, who will set the pace early.
McSweyn was recently announced on the Australian team for the IAAF world cross-country championships to be held in Uganda in March following his second place in the Australian trial. McSweyn completed the 10km course in 29:45.