McDonald wins 5000m at Games trials

Morgan McDonald has unleashed a searing kick to win the 5000m and book his spot on the Australian track and field team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Runner Morgan McDonald has booked his spot on the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games.

Runner Morgan McDonald has booked his spot on the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games.

McDonald was in fourth spot behind long-time race leader Patrick Tiernan with one lap to go at the trials at Carrara Stadium on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old New South Welshman made his move down the back straight on a hot and humid evening, powering from fourth to first and then hanging tough to take the win in 13 minutes 19.05 seconds.

Second-placed Dave McNeill also guaranteed his spot on the Games team by bettering the A qualifying standard with 13:19.51.

McDonald has been studying a Bachelor of Business at the University of Wisconsin and running on the US collegiate circuit.

"I felt like I was dropping off a little bit at times tonight but I switched myself back on and thought 'I've got to stay with these guys if I want a shot at that team' and and I was able to stay with them to the end," he said after clocking a flying final lap of 56.5 seconds.

"(The finishing kick) is not something I work on per se but it's something I know I've got in my little bag of tricks.

"I'm always confident when it comes down to it that I'm going to be able to finish strong.

"That's where my mindset was."

Stewart McSweyn and a fading Tiernan were third and fourth respectively and remain in contention for the third discretionary spot in the 5000m.

Both McSweyn and Tiernan have already been selected to run the 10,000m at the April 4-15 Commonwealth Games.

Powerhouse sprinter Trae Williams threw down the gauntlet in the men's 100m on day one of the trials.

The 20-year-old clocked a personal best 10.21 seconds to lead all qualifiers.

Rohan Browning was second quickest in 10.32 and Jack Hale third in 10.41 with the semis and final to be run on Friday.

Linden Hall led all qualifiers in the heats of the women's 1500m in 4:13.39 ahead of Zoe Buckman and Heidi See.

Australia is likely to be represented by a 108-strong track and field team - including 20 para-athletes - at the Gold Coast Games.

The full squad will be named next week.

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