The Huntington High School boys’ track and field team is ready for its first outdoor winter season in memory after the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of a facility led Section XI to transition the sport from its usual indoor format.
The Blue Devils have a great team to send into battle. The top performers expect to be Isaiah James, CJ Kiviat, Anthony Joseph, Tyriek Mays-McKoy, Julio Martinez and Jahmar Francis, but dozens of other runners and throwers will also be contributors.
Ron Wilson is the head coach of Huntington's boys' track and field team.
Five league meets are scheduled. The season opener is set for Sunday, January 17 at 11 a.m. against North Babylon. Contests will follow against West Islip, Bellport, Deer Park and Smithtown West. All of the meets are slated to be on either a Saturday or Sunday at 11 a.m. to help insure the athletes will be competing during sunlight and in the warmest possible temperatures.
Official practices are scheduled to begin this week. The Blue Devils earlier participated in several weeks of pre-season conditioning sessions.
Huntington will once again be coached by Ron Wilson and Eli Acosta. The Blue Devils are the reigning 4x400m relay county and state champions and they are eager to defend their title.
The outdoor format during the winter season is a real wild card. No one knows how it will affect times or throwing distances. “We are heading into the great unknown,” Wilson said. “We are just happy to have an opportunity to compete.”