Hours before athletes and spectators filed into The Armory in Manhattan for Saturday's Millrose Games, a select group of throwers gathered at St. Anthony's High School for the Millrose High School weight throw.
It was the first Millrose event held on LI in the 106-year history of the games, according to weight throw organizer John McCree.
St. Anthony's Chris Pensa won the boys event, tossing the 25-pound weight 64 feet, one inch.
"It's all about momentum, release, and ball speed," Pensa said of his throw.
The senior is the second straight Friar to win the event at Millrose. Bryan Rhodes, who now competes at Cornell University, won last year.
"It was very important to me," Pensa said of defending the school's title. "St. Anthony's has a great tradition of weight throwers. I want to leave my mark."
Longwood's Dennis Russell and St. Anthony's James Leddy came in second and third, respectively. Russell threw 58 feet, three inches and Leddy tossed 57 feet, seven inches.
"I didn't practice all week, so I knew that today had to be the day to show improvement," Russell said. "I used my hip and my power to show what I could do."
Russell said he wasn't able to practice because of the snow on the practice field.
"I stayed home, worked on my steps,stayed focused, and did what I had to do," Russell said.
Sachem East's Gabrielle Trejo came in third in the girls weight throw, tops among LI athletes. The senior threw the 20-pound weight 40 feet, two inches.
The competition marked the first time Trejo has thrown the weight using two spins, instead of her usual one.
"Two spins will allow me to progress and throw even further," Trejo said.
St. Anthony's Olivia Seifert finished fourth, throwing 37 feet, four inches. Trejo's teammate, Brittany Sepe threw 37 feet, three inches, good for fifth.