Lawrence Leake is an understated kind of guy. The Huntington High School senior is a county, state and national track champion and star, but he still flies somewhat under the radar because his teammates are also among the best in the nation.
On just about any other team, Leake would be in a class all his own. He has shined during the indoor and outdoor seasons and won state and national titles in both. He can run with the best in the country and is also sensational in long jump. His performances in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays speak for themselves. Yes, he’s that good.
Leake’s excelled on a team that has included Infinite Tucker and Kyree Johnson, who are both well-known names among America’s high school elite. It’s sometimes hard to sparkle when you compete alongside larger than life personalities and performers, but Leake has.
The teenager goes about his business in a somewhat low key way. Impeccable physical and mental preparation has served Leake well. He’s not loud, preferring to make his presence known by the way he goes about his business and the daily example he sets.
Lawrence Leake is one of the
best Blue Devil runners.
Leake has turned in some of the fastest times and longest jumps in the state and nation this winter and he hasn’t even hit his full stride yet. “Lawrence is my only competition,” Johnson said. “When you have a top sprinter in the country as your teammate it brings much excitement and a lot of competitive moments.”
A wonderful student academically, Leake is being heavily recruited by Georgetown University and he’s learning everything he can about the college before making a final decision about where he wants to pursue his next set of goals. He wants to study business management.
“Lawrence is your blue collar worker,” said Ronald Wilson, Huntington’s head coach. “He will not be out-worked in practice nor on the track. He is one to leave it all on the track. He’s the third coach on staff. Our athletes look up to Lawrence because he’s a natural leader. We are happy with what we are seeing so far and excited about his future.”
Wilson expects Leake to compete in some combination of the 300m, 600m, long jump and either the 4x200m or 4x400m relay this winter. Indoor season rules permit athletes to enter only three events, so a decision will need to be made at some point.
Leake is enjoying his final indoor season in a Blue Devil uniform. “So far, this year has been great,” he said. “We learned that we have multiple opens in events we can run for a relay and for individual events.” That flexibility and those options will surely be exploited by Wilson as he decides what is the optimal mix of events for each athlete and the team as a whole.
On just about any other team, Leake would be in a class all by himself. He has shined during the indoor and outdoor seasons and won state and national titles in both. He can run with the best in the country and is also sensational in long jump. His performances in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays speak for themselves. Yes, he’s that good.
Leake’s drive to be the best he can isn’t lost on teammates. It’s helping lift them to new heights, too. “Lawrence is a fierce competitor who makes you want to work harder every time you step on the track,” teammate Shane McGuire said. “He is also one of my relay teammates and our friendship and desire to compete will make us work hard to try and earn the same accolades we earned last year.”
As the winter season grinds on, Leake is pushing himself harder than ever as he seeks to reach each of his goals, one by one.