Salem News Boys Track Athlete of the Year
St. John’s Prep Junior
Joe Luongo is one of the best middle distance runners in the country. He transferred to St. John’s from Austin Prep after his family moved to Danvers, and broke the school 600 record with a time of 1:20.05 which is the second best in Massachusetts history, fourth best in New England ever, and second best time in the country this year. A Tri-County League all-star, he won the Division 1 state meet and went on to take the All-State 600 in 1:20.79. He was the New England champion in 1:20.59 and went to nationals, where he was 15th in the championship division of the 400, a race not run during the winter season in New England, that required a change in strategy from the longer 600 where he excelled. He broke his own school record with a time of 49.53.
“Joe was undefeated in New England in the 600, losing only to the kid ranked No. 1 in the country at the Armory in New York,” said Prep coach Ray Carey. “He finished second in that race; he’s very strong and has a good finishing kick. Joe had a terrific season and was very consistent. He is one of the best kids I’ve ever coached.”
Luongo’s personal best in the 300 was 35.95. He is a versatile athlete, who anchored the 4x200 relay team that went to nationals. Luongo is also an excellent student with a 4.3 GPA and plans to run for a Division 1 college.
“All the coaches, especially (Ray) Carey have influenced my career along with my teammates and captains,” said Luongo.
55 Meter Hurdles/High Jump
Captain was 2nd at MSTCA Coaches Invitational in 55 meter hurdles … 2nd at NEC championship in hurdles (7.99) and 3rd at Division 2 states in 8.01 … High jumped 5-feet-10-inches … 23rd at state pentathlon with 2,799 points … Northeastern Conference all-star … Has 3.4 GPA and ranked 54th in class … Hopes to run track at UConn … Says his grandmother, who passed away, always pushed him to strive for the best