The Huntington High School boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams both garnered honors at the Suffolk awards banquet at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.
“It was an incredible evening of food, fun and friendship,” said Ronald Wilson, the Huntington boys’ head coach. “We came together to share a meal and honor some outstanding young people. It is a pleasure and honor to coach these exceptional teenagers.”
Tyriek Mays-McKoy, Julio Martinez, Isaiah James, CJ Kiviat, Justin Stevens and Anthony Joseph were recognized as All-County in the 4x400m relay. Joseph also grabbed All-County honors in long jump and Kiviat and Steven were feted as All-Suffolk in the 600m run.
Mays-McKoy, Martinez, James, Kiviat, Stevens and Joseph all garnered the Outstanding Athlete Award, one of just five presented across the county. It usually goes to an individual athlete, but because the Blue Devil relay was so outstanding, each member of the group was honored.
Wilson was named the Suffolk boys’ indoor track and field Coach of the Year after the Blue Devils ran away with the county team title.
The Huntington girls’ indoor squad was also honored for a spectacular winter season. Alicia Brooks won All-County honors in the 55m dash and was also named All-Academic. The senior was presented with the Patty Knapp Scholarship Award for her outstanding performance on the track and in the classroom.
Analisse Batista was recognized as All-County after winning the 600m run. She was one of five female indoor Outstanding Athlete Award recipients.
Brooks, Batista, Olivia Conte and Hope Bilkey were all also feted as All-County in the 4x200m relay. The four outstanding runners plus Caroline O’Rourke and Brianna Halbeisen were named to the All-State team, which went on to win the New York championship.
“It was a delightful evening,” said Mark Jackson, the Blue Devils’ girls’ head coach.