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Local man breaks USCG Academy record in weight throw


February 28, 2019

Photos courtesy of Ben Zarlengo

Ben Zarlengo competing at the Feb. 16 meet at Springfield College where he set the 35-pound weight throw record at 18.71 meters.

Ben Zarlengo broke a United States Coast Guard Academy record in the weight throw by a meter on Feb. 16 while competing in a meet at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

The previous record for the 35-pound weight throw was 17.7 meters, and Zarlengo beat that record at 18.71 meters, coming in first place in the meet.

"I showed up every day and worked hard I suppose," said Zarlengo. "It's a lot of hours. It's such a technical event. The smallest thing could ruin your throw. It's trying to get the muscle memory."

Zarlengo, 21, graduated from Petersburg High School in 2015 where he participat...

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