EIGHTEEN-year-old Lee Forrest has captured his first Gift sash in a stunning victory at Princes Park on Wednesday.
.Forrest, off seven metres, edged out strong contender Noddy Angelakos to win the coveted $15,000 Maryborough Gift.
This is the Talangatta teenager's second Victorian Athletic League season but spent most of last summer sidelined after a motorcycle accident.
Defending champion Joel Bee, from Ballarat, reached the semi-finals.
MARYBOROUGH GIFT FINAL
Lee Forrest (7m) 12.34secs
Noddy Angelakos (12m) 12.40
Dean Scarff (5.5m) 12.45
Darren Whittaker (12m) 12.59
James Vine (5m) 12.61
John Adams (7.25) 12.62
Cam Dunbar (7.25) 12.71
Shaun Hargreaves (6m) 12.81
Payne, just 15 years old, claimed the 120-metre race in 14.335 seconds off an 11-metre handicap.
Karlee Bailey of Pakenham finished second with a time of 14.446, while Seabrook's Tierra Exum finished third on 14.494.