Young gun Emily Everist was first across the finish line in Hawthorn's AFLW time trial as the players were put through their paces on day two of pre-season.

The 19-year-old was followed by Louise Stephenson in second place, while Kaitlyn Ashmore rounded out the podium.

Hawthorn AFLW High Performance Manager Aaron Kellett said he was impressed with the efforts of the entire team.

“We had Emily Everist, Lou Stephenson and Kait Ashmore finish top three in our first effort so far," Kellett said.

“Really happy with everyone’s effort obviously, but those three stood out today."

Kellett, who only joined the club six days ago as the new spearhead of the club's AFLW fitness program, explained the purpose of the time trial in the early days of pre-season training.

“Particularly as a new High Performance Manager coming in, first and foremost it’s about collecting some physiological data on their running endurance," he said.

Off the back of claiming time trial honours, Everist said she was eager to build upon her strong outing as she embarks upon her third AFLW season.

“It was pretty good, it was a good sunny day out for us for the run which is great," Everist said.

“Pretty happy with the run, improved from last year so that’s a good focus of mine to keep getting better,.

“All the young girls were really good, the new draftees, so really impressed with all of them. And everyone’s looking really fit so it’s pretty exciting.

With 13 games next to talented defender's name following her AFLW debut in 2022, Everist said the upcoming season was shaping as an important one in her development.

“This is my second proper preseason, with all the year twelve stuff on the first season," she said.

“I feel like the running part I’ve improved, and I can keep going with that but mostly the skills and hitting those kicks and all that.”

Top 3 – AFLW Time Trial

1 – Emily Everist

2 – Louise Stephenson

3 – Kaitlyn Ashmore

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