Justin Stevens is getting set for what he hopes will be his best year yet at Huntington High School. The incoming senior is one of the key runners on the Blue Devil winter and spring track teams.
Stevens is coming off a spring season which saw him excel, competing in the 400m hurdles, 800m and 1600m runs and 4x400m relay. “Justin was expected to be one of the top athletes in Suffolk County and he didn’t disappoint,” said Ron Wilson, the Blue Devils’ head coach.
“Justin competed in well in every event he entered,” Wilson said. “Not only did Justin compete in just about every event, he either won or placed in the top three. He was one of our team’s top distance runners and 400m hurdlers.”
Stevens’ best time in the 400m hurdles came at the Section XI state qualifier when he placed second in a time of 54.77 seconds. It was his best time ever. “He didn’t have a great race at the states, but he came back and ran the second leg of our 4x400m relay with a split of 50.3 seconds,” Wilson said. (His personal best time is 49.6.)
Stevens helped Huntington win league, divisional, county and state 4x400m relay titles and also place among the best in the country at the national championships, earning All-American honors.
The teenager is also one of the top students academically in Huntington’s Class of 2020. He has earned a spot of the high school’s High Honor Roll after compiling an academic average in excess of 95.
“Justin is your ‘throwback’ player who gives his best efforts both in practice and competition,” Wilson said. “So once again, you can expect him to be one of the top athletes in Suffolk County next year.”