Rio 2016 Olympians Linden Hall (Vic) and Jenny Blundell (NSW) joined Stevens on entry lists, with the middle-distance duo finishing side-by-side in the women’s 1500m in 4:07.59 and 4:07.72 respectively.
Frustrated by the messiness of the race and because she missed the London 2017 qualifier, Hall was happy to be racing again after a stint of training as she prepares for the Prefontaine Classic, where she ran 4:01.78 last year.
“It was great to be racing again, I love racing and was certainly starting to get tired of just training. It’s always exciting to come to big meets and rub shoulders with the top athletes and being out there today has got me excited for what’s to come,” Hall said.
“The race was frustrating though, no one went with the pace and it ended up being quite erratic and messy through the first half. I’m not happy with the result, my minimum goal tonight was the London qualifier and to miss by such a small margin is annoying.
“I’ve got the Pre Classic in a few weeks, so hopefully I can get it done there. It’s my favourite track in the world.”
Competing in the women’s 400m, the Australian one-lap champion Morgan Mitchell (Vic) clocked 52.23 to place 8th, as Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) set a world lead of 49.77 to open her season.
Courtesy – Athletics Australia