American hurdler Jasmine Chaney has already suffered one disappointment on her visit to WA and is determined not to add another in Saturday's 400m event.
In Australia for the first time to compete in the Go for 2 & 5 Track Classic, at the WA Athletics Stadium, the avid beachgoer is making the most of the warm weather, but a planned trip to Rottnest Island may be on the backburner after hearing quokkas weren't as impressive as she had been told.
"Oh, they're little? Aw, I thought they were going to be huge," she said.
With America's track season only just beginning, Chaney knows she will be up against it in Perth.
But after a pleasing run at last week's Sydney Track Classic, she says the meeting will be a good opportunity to have a win early in her preparation.
Her main competition will be five-times Australian champion Lauren Boden.
"As far as I understand it the Australians are at the point where they're trying to qualify for the championships this year so they're primed and ready to go," she said.
"This will only be my second race of the season. I've only done conditioning, so this weekend I've really got to be a lot more aggressive."
But regardless of results, Chaney says training and competing in warmer weather will hold her in good stead for the US world championship qualifiers in June."It's beautiful weather here," she said. "I've been indoor training and running in circles for months now, so it's good to get a change of pace."
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