Holly Smee (Smee Media)
EIGHT hundred metre specialist Max Green lived up to the pre-race hype to blitz the elite field in the inaugural Night of Fives at the Domain Athletics Centre in Hobart on Saturday. The 24-year-old led from start to finish in a clinical showing, stopping the clock in an impressive time of 16:15.81, as racegoers watched on and enjoyed music and Mexican street food from Taco Taco.
Green was almost half a lap ahead of Brad Kitto (16:40.06) in second place, with Tom Beard (16:46.67) rounding out the top three. Despite not being his ped event, the Ulverstone native is no stranger to the longer distance having broken through to claim the 5km race at the 2022 Burnie 10 in October 2022 following two second place finishes in 2019 and 2021. Green said he was happy with the performance as he builds towards having a strong 2023 on the Tasmanian running scene.
Earlier in the evening, Knockoffs treasurer Joe Sorrentino looked strong from the outset and didn’t waver to take home the chocolates in Race B. He crossed the line in 19:31.46 ahead of Ruth Wilson (19:38.99) and fellow KORC compatriot Declan Cuschieri (19:46.18).
In Race C, Aaron Graham (21:31.96) proved far too strong, saluting the judge the best part of a minute in front of his nearest competitors in Peter Lynden (22:21.20) and Isobel Webber (22:23.30).
A special shout out to Jarrod from Athletics South (AS) / KORC, thanks to the officials from AS, support from Athletics Tasmania, timing gear from Tasmanian Meters Association, the 47 entrants who took to the track and to the local support of On Running, Kieser Hobart and Running Edge.
We look forward to seeing you all next year. Watch this space!
Race Directors: Nate Morey and Andy Goyen