Jody Richards already has a return to the Ballarat Gift next month to the forefront of her mind.
Richards will compete in the two-day carnival as the reigning Ballarat Women's Gift titleholder.
The 20-year-old from Aintree near Rockbank showed she is on track for another big performance at the City Oval by taking out the Women's Vase at the Daylesford Gift meet at Cricket Willow on Sunday.
Running off 9.25m, Richards claimed the 100m dash from Nyah Brown (5m), with Sonya Pollard (18.75m) third.
Richards set the tone by winning her heat in the fastest time, but she had to call on all her reserves to hold out Brown, who was on debut in the Victorian Athletic League, in a blanket finish.
The win makes amends after thirds in the event for the past two years
Richards said she had had to adjust to her training to fit in with working around full-time employment rather than university studies, although she was happy with her new routine.
The unassuming Richards has now won four feature sprints, having also saluted in the Warrnambool Women's Gift last season and Keilor Women's Gift in 2018.
Ballarat's Grace O'Dwyer finished fifth in the vase final after winner her heat.
HOW THEY FINISHED
Jody Richards 9.25m
Nyah Brown 5.00
Sonya Pollard 18.75
Adelaide Robertson 7.25
Grace O'Dwyer 3.75
Tayah Perry 4.75
Hannah Lindstrom 7.5
Kirsty Stevens 8.25
Heat winners: Hannah Lindstrom, Nyah Brown, Taylah Perry, Kirsty Stevens, Grace O'Dwyer, Jody Richards
DAYLESFORD GIFT 100m
Ryan Camille 7.75m
Aidan Green 5.75
Hugh Hoffmanm 5.75
Vic Sharma 13.5
Nicholas Antonino 7.00
Rupert Lugo 6.75
Heat winners: Hugh Hoffman, Tom Perry, Aidan Green, Jay Blake, Ryan Camille, Kevin Brittain, Tim Rosen
Women's 400m: Katherine Katsanevakis 21m, Amy McKinley 34, Ashleigh Hamilton 40
Men's 400m: Connor Callinan 32m, Londoh Beh 36, Andrew Drummond 52
Masters 300m: Rob Irwin 48m, Colum Rothery 54, Peter O'Dwyer 25
Restricted 400m: Jacinta Mcfarlane 90m, Josh McCulloch 40, Isabella Antonino 66
Under-18 mixed 100m: Michael Dinan 91.25m, Isaiah Cross 18.25, Ruby Crisp 20
Open 1600m: Sam Anderson 160m, Nathan Hartigan 75, Stefan Catalano 345
open 800m: Anna Kasapis 126m, Julian Harris 100, Tom Hecimovic 130
Restricted 1600m: Sam Anderson 125m, Ingrid Woodward 320, Ben Rofe 80
Under-14 mixed 100m: Aubery Watson 15.5m, Kidua Mekonnen 17.25, Fin Fawcett 16.75
Open 70m: Aidan Green 4.5m, Kirsty Stevens 14.75, Michael Hansford 2.5
CONNOR Callinan from Mt Clear had his second win of the season in the open 400m, running off 32m.
In his second season, he won a restricted 400m at Terang in last month.