Leon's Justin Peter - WTXL/TCC Scholar Athlete of the Week

Chiles' Chase Lane - WTXL/TCC Scholar Athlete of the Week
Posted at 11:51 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2018-02-15 07:29:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Four years of donning red and white, over for Leon's Justin Peter.

"Four years ago, my aunt she told me this would be the fastest four years of your life. That's an understatement!" he laughed.

There's nothing understated about Justin's talent when it comes to track and field. A third place finish in the 4x4 Relays highlighted his senior season - and with that team? A school record time.

"I was actually on the previous 4x4 relay team too, and when I broke it again, I was like wow!" he remembered. "I'll be honest - I didn't think we'd come close to touching it again, and we destroyed it!"

"He can run the 100, the 200, the 400, triple jump, long jump, runs in all the relays. He's a great kid to have," said head coach Andrew Wills of Justin's versatility. "Then again, he can only run in a certain amount of events, so you have to figure out where to put him and that gets difficult sometimes."

Figuring out how to balance his talents is difficult for coaches. Figuring out how to balance academics is difficult for Justin, but with a near 4.4 GPA, he's doing just fine.

"You know, I don't know how he does it," laughed Wills. "A 4.4, for any student, even if they don't have any extracurricular activities is great."

"A lot of people say it can't be done, it can't be done. I'm here to say it can be done," said Justin. "A little hard work and a little effort will take you a long way."

That hard work and effort earned Justin a scholarship to South Florida, and while it's bittersweet leaving Leon, Justin's ready to compete for the Bulls.

"I feel like I'm going to be the little guy on campus again!" he joked. "I went from Senior to being a freshman now. I'm going to be with the big boys, the grown man. It's really exciting, a little nerve wrecking, but mainly exciting."

Exciting, and don't blink - those freshman feelings won't last long.