Huntington senior Lawrence Leake ran one of the fastest 600m times in the nation this winter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an upset performance by Treston White of Lockport at last Saturday’s state track and field championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex at Staten Island.
Leake ran a blistering time of 1:21.53, finishing 35/100ths of a second behind White (1:21.18) and 26/100ths of a second off of Suffern’s Myles Solan’s runner-up time of 1:21.27.
The Huntington senior’s bronze medal performance was a splendid finish to his final high school indoor season. The 34 runners in the race were spread among six heats, which, in essence, were all finals. The top times were then compiled to create the final standings in the event. White came out of the unseeded section of the race.
“We are very, very proud of Lawrence and the race he ran,” said Ron Wilson, Huntington’s head coach. “He competed against many tough runners. This was a great field and he was right there with the best. Finishing third among all of these incredible athletes is a wonderful accomplishment, that’s for sure.”
Huntington's Lawrence Leake captured
third place in the state championships
Leake is being recruited by some of the top college track programs in the country as well as some of the most highly regarded schools academically. “Lawrence is not only an excellent all-around athlete, but also a fine young man with character that’s second to none,” Wilson said.