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One To Watch: Lutalo Boyce

The young athlete is making strides in long jump


Westbury resident Lutalo Boyce is setting international records in the world of long jump. The 21-year-old athlete recently won the long jump at the Barbadian Nationals, breaking meet and stadium records with a jump of 25 ft. 6 in.  

Boyce got his start in track and field during his junior year at Westbury High School. The sport was in his blood, as his father was also a track and field athlete. He recently graduated from Nassau Community College, where he had an illustrious long jump career. He is currently competing with the Garden State Track Club in New Jersey, and recently won the National Club Championships in Long Jump at Icahn Stadium.

In the fall, Boyce will be going on to Texas A&M where he will continue long jumping. His dream is to get to the 2016 Olympics, — a realistic goal since he is only six inches shy of the world standard of 26 feet.

Boyce says that when he started out doing track in high school, he had no idea he could take it this far.

“When I started out, I didn’t know how far I was going to go. But I knew that I was willing to dedicate myself and once I was willing to put in the hard work I knew the results would come out,” Boyce says.

He describes himself as very competitive and focused when it comes to his sport and says he works out 4 hours a day.

“What has helped me is my discipline and hard work. That has brought me to where I am today.  Also being able to focus on the task and hand and not be swayed by any other things that come in my path,” Boyce said.


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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