The pipeline to the state champion Huntington High School spring track and field team has plenty of young talent moving through it.
The J. Taylor Finley Middle School outdoor boys’ squad compiled a 5-1 mark this spring. The 50-athlete strong team was coached by Timothy Madden and Christopher Taylor.
Despite several exceptionally talented Finley eighth graders making the jump to the Blue Devil varsity this spring, there was still more than enough talent remaining for the Falcons to fly past East Northport, Kings Park, Elwood, Oldfield and Hauppauge. Only Northport Middle School managed to topple Finley in a dual meet.
The Falcons were paced by a pair of remarkably athletic eighth graders. C.J. Kivat starred in the 100m and 200m dashes and long jump. Andrew McKenzie sparkled in the 100m and 400m dashes, 800m run and high jump.
“C.J. loves to compete,” Madden said. “It has been a pleasure to coach him.”
McKenzie also impressed Finley’s opponents. “Andrew is a great athlete,” Madden said. “He works very hard during each and every practice.”
The Falcons covered events in all six meets with energetic athletes. “We are very proud of this group,” Madden said. “They all worked very hard and made great improvements.”
With more than 20 athletes eligible to return next spring, Finley is expected to field another strong team. Another two dozen soon to be freshmen will bolster the Blue Devil varsity in 2018, filling the ranks that have been partially depleted as a result of graduation.