Olivia Conte is a county and state champion and an All-American and she’s only beginning her junior year at Huntington High School. The teenager is a track star and she’s looking forward to two more great years with the Blue Devils.
Ms. Conte has won championships and All-American honors with Huntington’s relay team. She also competes in hurdles and triple jump. She’s an essential member of the Blue Devil program who has shown an ability to control her nerves in very high pressure races and deliver stunning results.
Huntington High School junior Olivia Conte
The teenager trains hard throughout the indoor and outdoor track season. Each of Ms. Conte’s events requires different skills and techniques and various degrees of precision, from the baton handoff in the relay to the stride and footwork associated with hurdles and triple jump.
Huntington’s relay has had a big target on its back for two years and with that has brought serious challenges from opponents across Suffolk and the state. The Blue Devils have run some of the fastest times in the nation and Ms. Conte is a vital member of the four person relay team.
In an era when kids are specializing in specific sports beginning at a very early age, Ms. Conte didn’t get into track and field until she was a seventh grader. Since then her career has really taken off and she’s been feted at the county track dinner as one of Suffolk and New York’s best.
When you are competing at the level that Ms. Conte has reached, there is pressure with every single race. “I just find it really enjoyable and something that I can look forward to,” she said. “The competition is nice sometimes as well.”
Academically, the teenager is doing well. She is making her way through many of Huntington High School’s top courses and has an exciting schedule planned for this year.
“I’m really excited about Advanced Placement Chemistry and AP United State History,” Ms. Conte said. “They are both classes that are definitely going to challenge me and I am interested to see how I do in them.”
Ms. Conte is hearing the siren call to volunteer and she’s been giving it some thought. “I’d love to start helping out more all around because I never got into that before, but I feel like it’s time that I start doing that,” she said.
With two years remaining at the high school, Ms. Conte is concentrating on the here and now. “Honestly, I haven’t thought about any colleges yet,” she said. “I’m looking to go into the medical field. I’m just not sure of any specific job yet.”
Outside of the track and field program, Ms. Conte is also an important member of the Blue Devil marching band’s color guard, working long hours with the group and contributing to the pageantry at every competition.
“I’ve really enjoyed being in Huntington and meeting so many people that are a part of the community,” Ms. Conte said. “I also love the opportunities that I have been able to get. I really enjoy it here.”