Jared Briere accomplished a few important milestones at Saturday's Bishop Loughlin Games in New York.
The Woonsocket High senior tossed the 25-pound weight a winning distance of 65 feet, 10 inches. That effort was not only a meet record but broke the facility mark at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex by three feet, breaking the old record of 62-10 by the host state's Jack Zimmerman of Briarcliff. With his first-place toss, Briere also replaces Zimmerman as the nation's No. 1 weight-thrower for the early season.
Rhode islanders claimed six of the top eight placements in the meet. The Villa Novans' Dilyn Cote (third, 58-6.5), Classical's Kevin Fofanah (fourth, 58-6) and Classical's Jacob Furland (fifth, 57-0) also broke the meet record (55-7). Taking the sixth through the eighth spots, respectively, were Woonsocket's Raekwon Woodmansee (sixth, 52-8) and Classical teammates Zeke Cohen (seventh, 51-6) and Jonathan Buchanan (eighth, 46-7).
In the long jump, Josh Correia finished third with a distance of 20-10.