Untried youngster Ed Phillips has won St Kilda’s 3km time trial for first-to-fourth-year players around the Linen House Centre in Seaford on Wednesday.
Phillips, who was taken at pick No.56 in last year’s draft, was too good for his teammates with Dan McKenzie finishing second and Jack Sinclair third.
Blake Acres and Jack Steele rounded out the top five.
St Kilda high performance manager Matt Hornsby was pleased with the first set of times recorded for the pre-season.
“It was a positive start to the pre-season given the targets we set for the guys were achieved, so it provides a really good foundation from day one to work from,” Hornsby said.
“I think the group ran really strongly because they were helped by the fact there was a really good group up the front – there are some pretty elite runners in Ed Phillips, Jack Sinclair, Dan McKenzie, Blake Acres and Jack Steele who really set the pace.
“Some guys went above and beyond those targets like Ed Phillips at the front, as well as Paddy McCartin and Jack Billings.”