Noarlunga sprinter Wallace Long-Scafidi won the 39th running of the Whyalla Gift on Saturday but had an agonising wait before the decision was declared. Running off 4 metres, Long-Scafidi made the most of the strong head winds to score by six thousandths of a second from Southern Athletic's Jake Stangewitz (10.00) with Flinders' Luke Houlihan (7.5m) third and 2005 Bay Sheffield winner Clay Watkins (2.25m) in fourth place.
A member of the state 4x100m relay team, it was Long-Scafidi's first win since the 2011 Mt Gambier Gift.
Long-Scafidi switched squads during the winter to train with faster athletes such as state sprint champion Clay Watkins.
"Training with faster athletes like Clay, I'm definitely in best ever shape" he said.
Long-Scafidi will now aim at making his first Bay Sheffield final next month.
Flinders athlete Amie Mittiga won the biggest race of her career when she held off Czenya Cavouras and Piranee Steinert to win the Whyalla women's 120m. The three placegetters have shared the three 120m Gifts held with Cavouras winning at Port Adelaide and Steinert victorious at Henley. It was Mittiga's third win this season.
Cavouras added to her Port Adelaide 120m sash, winning the Women's 300m.
David Gross made up for the disappointment of his fourth place in his Whyalla Gift heat by emphatically winning the 300m Open from teenagers Connor Verrall and Hayden Rothe.
The McKinnon Parade stable won the distance double with Damian Robinson in the 1600m and Corey Watkins storming home in the 800m.
Joshua Biggs beat his father Peter by one one-thousandth of a second in the 70m Novice while 2014 Loxton Gift winner Brad Schutz won the Open 70m.
In the Under 20's events, despite being headed in the straight, Mawien Agany fought back in the 300m to win his first race and Simone Rothe beat her brother Hayden in a photo finish for the 120m sash.