Lawrence Leake is looking forward to what he hopes will be a great senior year at Huntington High School. The teenager won county, state and national track titles as a junior and he plans to work as hard as he can to turn in another remarkable season.
Leake excels in the 200m and 400m runs and the 4x400m relay. “Lawrence competed well in every event he entered,” said Ron Wilson, the Blue Devil track and field team’s head coach.
One of Huntington’s top 200m and 400m performers, Leake’s best times in the two events came at the fabled Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track & Field Games at White Plains High School. He placed fourth in the 200m dash in 22.47 seconds and was sixth in the 400m run in 49.00. Running the two events in the same day against high quality fields and producing “best” times says a lot about the teenager’s talent.
Huntington track star Lawrence Leake.
Leake gave up lacrosse to run on Huntington’s spring track team and the results were sensational. “In his spring season debut, Lawrence gave us everything we asked for,” Wilson said. “He’s your ‘throwback’ player who gives his best efforts both in practice and in competition.”
The Blue Devil star was the lead leg on the national champion 4x400m relay team and he also ran the first leg on Huntington’s spring medley relay team.
Leake’s best split of the year came at the national championships when he led off by circling the oval in 48 seconds to keep Huntington close to the leaders of the pack in a race they ultimately won in a new state record time. He also split 23 seconds into a tough head wind in the sprint medley.
“Lawrence has great speed and has become known as one of the best starters (lead leg runners) in the country,” Wilson said. “He should improve greatly next year if he continues with spring track. He’s an avid lacrosse player who gave it up to do spring track this season.”
While Leake is sure he’ll be back on the track this winter, he is up in the air about whether he’ll be running spring track or playing lacrosse.
One of the top students in the Class of 2017, Leake is only now beginning to focus on college and where he might like to go and what he wants to do there. After showing off his talents at track meets all over the country as a junior, he is already drawing interest from many colleges.