For La Salle High's Brian Moore, this was the pinnacle of his career.
For Chestnut Hill Academy's Wayne Crawford, it was something to build on.
Both Southeastern Pennsylvania standouts recorded second-place finishes in yesterday's high school portion of the 113th Penn Relays.
Crawford was the runner-up in the boys' shot put with a heave of 58 feet, 53/4 inches.
Mike Alleman of Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) won the event with a 58-81/2 effort. Archbishop Carroll's Tom Cicoli rounded out the top three at 57-5.
A couple of hours earlier, Moore was the runner-up in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 208-9.
Kyle Nielsen of Centennial (British Columbia) captured the title with a 209-2 effort, while Brian Florek (197-11) of Old Bridge (N.J.) finished third.
Moore was awarded a gold watch for being the top American finisher.
"I'm extremely happy," said Moore, who was third last year. "What I have been working for is to get that watch. This made my day."
For a while, it looked as if the senior would win it.
Moore was the leader until Nielsen unleashed his winning throw during the next-to-last attempt in the final.
Moore had two opportunities to surpass the international star, but both heaves fell short of Nielsen's mark.
"I was trying to visualize and focus on throwing in the right positions," Moore said of his final two attempts. "I was visualizing me winning. It just didn't come out that way."
The result actually was what he expected. As the No. 1 seed, Nielson was heavily favored.
"I knew that Kyle was a big thrower," Moore said. "I saw his previous marks at some meets. He threw 215. So I didn't think that I was going to win."
Like Nielsen, Crawford was the favorite. Like Moore, he appeared capable of winning.
He led the competition until Alleman's decisive throw on his next-to-last attempt.
"All you need is one [throw]," Crawford said, "and he got one. Honestly, I got one, too. It's just that his was just better than mine."
Though disappointed, Crawford spoke briefly about the flaws in his technique during his final two attempts. Then he quickly turned his attention to the rest of the season.
Throwing "62," he said, "is my next goal."
In the girls' competition, Coatesville's Kaleena Gray (128-6) finished fifth in the discus.
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy and Lenape were footnotes in an impressive girls' 4x800 Championship of America race.
Maryland's Eleanor Roosevelt High became the first non-Jamaican team since 2002 to win the event. In doing so, the foursome ran the second-fastest time (8 minutes, 51.19 seconds) all-time by an American high school girls' team.
Gwynedd-Mercy (9:24.17) was 10th in the 11-team final, and Lenape (9:39.51) was 11th.