Otago contenders in action at Classic

Several Otago athletes will be among the contenders in the feature race in Timaru today.

The Lovelock Mile headlines the Lovelock Classic — the first meeting of track and field’s national classic series.

A $600 prize is on offer for the winner of the mile, and an extra $400 if anyone breaks the four-minute mark.

Caden Shields and Josh Baan are both accomplished runners who will be among the names to watch.

Talented youngsters Josh Hou, Aleks Cheifetz and former Dunedin runner William Scharpf are all among the field.

The sprints look to be the other area in which Otago athletes could be successful.

Rosie Elliott has been among the country’s best women in both the 100m and 200m this summer.

Likewise Shay Veitch has impressed over both distances as well, and will also be a favourite in the long jump.

Schuyler Orr will also be among the top contenders in the sprints, as will Felix McDonald in the long jump.

Paralympian Anna Grimaldi makes her return to competition for the first time since her silver in the long jump at the para world championships in November.

The meeting begins at 1pm. The mile will be raced at 2pm.

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