Harris claims state 5000m honours

Launceston runner Josh Harris.

Launceston runner Josh Harris.

LAUNCESTON runner Josh Harris narrowly defeated Phil McConnon for the 5000m crown on the final day of the Tasmanian open and masters championships in Hobart on Sunday.

Harris clocked 15 minutes and 44.09 seconds with McCannon on his tail with 15:44.09. Inessa Corney took out the women’s equivalent in 19:42.69, Kristy Brownrigg won the shot put with a 11.74 metre hurl.

Hamish Peacock backed up his 12-consecutive javelin titles with a state discus title (48.55m).

Samantha Lind ran 54.93 – almost four seconds quicker than North Launceston’s Courtney Stanley to win the women’s 400m title, while Daniel Reeves was the fastest man in 48.67.

Stanley won the women’s 400m hurdles in 63.95 from Newstead’s Jane Longstaff.

Brandon Clark won the men’s long jump with a 7.34m leap, Todd Hodgetts threw 15.97m to take out the shot put, Maddy Bergfield claimed the women’s discus (39.43m) and Jane Hickie secured the high jump (1.65m).

Morgan Gaffney took out the 200m from Kiara Chambers in 24.64 and John Howe claimed the men’s in 22.53.

Lind (2:15.82) also controlled the women’s 800m, while Reeves (1:53.38) narrowly beat Douglas Hamerlok (1:53.65) in the men’s.