After turning in another great indoor season, Huntington High School’s track royalty collected numerous honors at the county awards dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.
The Blue Devils made repeated trips to the dais to pick up awards as a crowd of 750 looked on in awe. Kyree Johnson and Lawrence Leake were both honored with the Outstanding Athlete Award, which was presented to just five spectacular Suffolk performers. No other school had multiple winners of the county’s most prestigious track award.
Johnson (55m dash, 300m dash and 4x400 relay) and Leake (600m and 4x400m relay) both captured All-County honors in multiple events. Sam Bergman (weight throw), Mark Rafuse (4x400m relay), Anthony Joseph (4x400m relay), Brian Pierre (4x400m relay) and Jonathan Smith (4x400m relay) were also presented with All-County awards.
Blue Devil senior Shane McGuire garnered the $500 Norman Holden Scholarship along with All-County Academic honors.
Huntington boys’ winter track and field head coach Ron Wilson picked up the Suffolk League III Coach of the Year Award.
The Blue Devil girls’ team also celebrated as Ryann Gaffney won All-County honors in the 55m hurdles. The senior was also named to the All-County Academic team.
To earn a spot on the All-County Academic team a student-athlete needs to place in the top six of their respective event at either the county championships or state qualifier and be in the top 20 percent of their class academically.