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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.