TARNEIT’S Matt Hargreaves added his name to an illustrious list of past champions on Saturday night when he stormed to victory in the Wangaratta Gift.
Amid a strong field and in ideal conditions, Hargreaves crossed the line in 12.69 seconds for the 120m race after taking the lead midway through.
A veteran of the Wangaratta Sports Carnival, Hargreaves said there were nerves when he hit the lead, but he was able to stay focused and hold off his rivals.
“I’ve made a couple of finals at my last few meets, but haven’t had the results,” Hargreaves said.
“But I’ve been improving with every run, so I was feeling pretty good coming in.
“About 10-20m out I knew I was in front, and I just tried to relax.
“Then when I was a metre or two out I couldn’t feel anyone around me, so that was when I knew I had it.”