As Northport's Tim McGowan heard the news, all he could do was marvel at the symmetry of it all. Yes, he had won the 1,600 meters at the St. Anthony's Invitational in 4 minutes, 10.84 seconds, but he knew that.
What he didn't know was that his time broke the meet record of 4:16.18, set by Half Hollow Hills West's Kyle Merber in 2007. Now that was something special.
"It means a lot because I always love coming here," McGowan said. "In my freshman year, this was my first real mile race. I started with a 4:51. To end it on a win, especially with my two teammates right behind me, is something I'll always remember."
Mike Brannigan finished second in 4:11.09. Jack McGowan, Tim's twin brother, was third in 4:15.58. Sachem North's Isaac Garcia-Cassani was fourth in 4:15.75. All four marks bested the meet record.
McGowan outkicked Brannigan on the final straightaway, completing a comeback in which he had to chip away at the sizable lead that Brannigan had built midway through the race.
"I was trying to keep Mike in my sights and not let him get too far," McGowan said. "I was also thinking about how far Jack was behind me because I really wanted to have a 1-2-3 Northport showing. Once we came across the final turn, I really wanted to give it my all with my arms and focus on my form."
On top of it being the site of his first mile, McGowan said that he's always loved running on the St. Anthony's track, making the victory all the sweeter.
"I've always been happy after my races here," he said. "It's a really fast track. The fact that we don't run on it a lot gets us really excited to run here."
Massapequa's John Putnam had the meet circled on his calendar all year.
"I wanted to do something special," Putnam said. "I've always done fairly well here. I wanted to come out and put on a show."
He sure did. Putnam won the javelin, throwing 185 feet, 4 inches. The distance broke his own L.I. record of 173-6 set at the Hornet Relays at Icahn Stadium in March.
"I finally figured out how to hit my block really hard, come through and follow up with my throw," Putnam said. "I wasn't quite doing it right [this season] and I finally hit it right today."
Putnam said that, from the moment he began his technique, he knew it was going to yield an outstanding result.
"It's hard to explain, but it's a crazy feeling," he said. "You don't really feel it but, at the same time, you know it was good. I knew when I started to run that it was going to be a good throw."
The meet featured some L.I. track staples taking home titles. Miller Place's Tiana Guevara won the 3,000 in 10:08.94. Chaminade's Sean Kelly won the boys 800 in 1:55.35. Garden City's Emma Gallagher won the girls 800 in 2:13.47 and the 400 in 56.46 seconds.