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Blue Devil Boys’ Track Looks to Future

The Blue Devil track team is looking toward the future. (Mike Connell photo.)

August 16, 2017

The remaining members of the Huntington High School boys’ track “Dream Team” are heading off to college. Head coach Ronald Wilson knows how fortunate he has been. The veteran mentor also knows it’s now time to turn the page and begin a new chapter in Blue Devil history.

“For the past few years, I’ve always said next year will be a bit difficult,” Wilson said. “Well, this year is no different. It is definitely going to be a rebuilding year. You can’t replace what we just lost. That was one of the most exciting chapters possibly ever written in Huntington history. Lawrence Leake, Shane McGuire and Kyree Johnson were the last of the ‘Fabulous Four’ from the national championship team. It’s hard to replace them.”

Wilson will certainly miss all of the seniors that graduated last June, but as he likes to say, “The show will go on.” But, despite what the veteran coach might say, the Blue Devils are not really in a rebuilding mode since they have many talented athletes returning.

“We did have quite a few ‘youngins’ who stepped up and made a huge impact on our squad this past winter and spring,” Wilson acknowledged. “It may take a couple of seasons, but I truly believe they will have quite a bit to offer in years to come.”

Isaiah James, Anthony Joseph, Jason Turner, Chad Rowe, Jr, Nasir Youngblood, Justin Stevens, and Gary Barash are underclassmen who the Blue Devils came to rely upon last year. “They performed well and should return with great experience,” Wilson said. “Clay Jamison and Levi Leach performed well in the post season in the shot and discus circles. Brian Pierre was sidelined due to injuries, but later returned to action and turned in some fine results. They should be a force to help lead this team. Again, one can never really tell year to year, but you can bet your bottom dollar that we will be competitive in every aspect of the sport!”

Huntington endured a series of setbacks last spring. “It was a rather difficult year,” Wilson said. “Injuries caused us a great deal of stress. We lost our top distance runner, Shane McGuire during indoor season. Kyree Johnson was injured as well and didn’t return to full strength until the end of the season. Despite those short-comings, we still battled to the end. The younger athletes on the team answered the call and stepped up at every dual meet and invitational. These young men won All-League honors and many medals at invitational competitions. We came up short at divisions, but managed to finish a close second. However we did finish first in the New York State Team Federation Championship for the second year in a row.”

Wilson is looking forward to developing a new group of elite athletes and having them represent Huntington over several seasons. He stresses team unity, including everyone pulling for each other. “Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable,” he said.

As he focuses more intently on the 2017/18 campaign, Wilson is more dedicated to the Blue Devils’ mission than ever. “Our goal is to continue to teach the fundamentals of track and field to high school athletes,” he said. “To compete at a high level, win our league and county championships and make it to the state championship and win there as well. We are striving to continue ranking among the best in the nation!”

Huntington Spring Track & Field Honors

• Kyree Johnson:100m dash, 200m dash, 400m dash, long jump, 4x400m relay
• Lawrence Leake:100m, 200m, 400m, 110/400m hurdles, Long jump, 4x400m Relay
• Clay Jamison: Shot put
• Levi Leach: Discus, shot put
• Ed Maleszweski: 3000m steeplechase
• Jonathan Smith: 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay
• Nasir Youngblood: 100m, 4x100m relay
• Anthony Joseph: 400m, 4x400m relay
• Chad Rowe: 4x100m relay
• Jason Turner: 4x100m relay
• Brian Pierre: 400m hurdles
• Isaiah James: 800m
• Dan Collins: 800m
• Michael Drake: High jump, 4x100m relay

League IV Champions
• Kyree Johnson: 200m dash (21.71), 400m (46.56), Long Jump (23-09)
• Lawrence Leake: 110m HH (14.84), 400m IH (54.41)
• 4x100m relay: Michael Drake, Lawrence Leake, Jonathan Smith, Kyree Johnson (43.58)

Division II Champions, All Division, County, State and National Champions
• Kyree Johnson: 200m, long jump, 400m (county and state Champion, All-American 4th place)
• Lawrence Leake:110m HH, 400m IH (county champion, state runner-up, 8th place in nationals)
• 4x400M relay: Leake, Smith, Joseph, Johnson (county champion, state runner-up)
• National qualifiers: Johnson in 400m, Leake in 400m IH, 4x400m relay

Anthony Joseph
Anthony Joseph leaps for the Blue Devils. (Mike Connell photo.)
Clay Jamison
Clay Jamison launches the shot put. (Mike Connell photo.)

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