Huntington High School has some of Long Island’s brightest track and field stars, including senior Johnathan Smith, one of the top high school runners in the country.
Smith capped off another incredible day of performances by winning the gold medal in the 600m run last weekend at the 2019 Freedom Games at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex at Staten Island.
Smith’s first place time of 1:21.61 set a new Freedom Games meet record and ranks him first over all in New York State and second in the United States this winter in the 600m run.
Over the weekend Smith also improved his rankings in the 300m dash to Long Island number one, New York number three and 11th in the country with a third place finish in 34.98 seconds at the Freedom Games.
Only three other Blue Devils have ever dipped below 35 seconds in the 300m dash. Smith’s time is the fourth fastest ever by a Huntington athlete. Kyree Johnson (33.85 seconds), Lawrence Leake (34.65 seconds) and Y’Majesty Allen (34.80 seconds) hold the top three spots in Blue Devil history.
In the field events, Huntington senior Jaden Bholan is among the best high jumpers in the state.
Bholan is ranked number three in Suffolk, fourth on Long Island and number 10 in New York State in the high jump this winter. The Blue Devils star cleared a height of 6-03 feet earlier this season to put him among the top athletes in the event.
The Blue Devils will look to continue their dominance on the track ahead of the state qualifying meet at St. Anthony’s High School on Feb. 11.