The windy and rainy conditions at the University at Buffalo football field didn't stop Long Island from taking home the hardware.
Half Hollow Hills West's Dan McCord took advantage of the swirling winds and ran to a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash. McCord's plan was a simple win. Start fast and finish strong. But there was a catch. Figuring out how to deal with the wind shifts.
"I knew I had some of the wind with me on the first turn, so I wanted to take advantage of it," said McCord, who took first in 22.24 seconds. "The momentum helped me hold off the rest of the field."
It was McCord's first appearance at the Empire State Games.
"This is a big deal since it's my first time at the empires," McCord said. "It's a good way to start my last meet of the summer."
McCord will be running for gold in the 100-meter dash on Saturday.
McCord was joined in the gold medal circle by Carle Place's Joanna Koronois, who won her second gold of the ESG, taking first in the discus. Koronois won the Javelin on Thursday.
Kings Park's Brandon Reynolds won the gold in the shot put.
Women's events: Imani White won a silver in the shot put, Manhassat's Emily Easton took home a bronze in the 200 and Kellenberg's Michelle Anthony won bronze in the 100 hurdles.
Men's events: Westbury's Jair Edwards won a bronze in the triple jump and Shoreham-Wading River's Erik Anderson took the bronze in the high jump,