Name: Justin Guerre
School: St. Francis Prep
Sport: Football and track
Position: Running back
Justin Guerre is a star athlete at St. Francis Prep, where he continues to break records on the field. As a football captain this year, Guerre, a running back, ran for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 9 games.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, he excels even further as a track star. Guerre’s 6.46 second time in the 55 meter dash placed first overall in the state and 14th overall in the nation for boys’ indoor track in 2013. “It [setting the record] was the most memorable moment of my sports career,” Guerre said.
While sports do play a major role in Guerre’s life, he makes sure his school work never takes the back burner. With an 85 average, he works just as hard off the field as he does on it. As a junior at St. Francis, Guerre received a full scholarship for his senior year because of his multi- sport talent and success in the classroom.
“I want to be known for more than just sports,” Guerre said. “Juggling sports and school is a lot of work. Practice doesn’t end early, so there is no time to fool around when I get home.”
Guerre is looking at both the University of Pittsburgh and La Salle University for the fall.
What life lessons have you learned from both football and track?
“The most important one for me was hard work. I learned that the effort I put in was the result that I was going to get not only on the field, but in life.”
What is your method of success both on and off the field?
“While you’re doing something, you might as well give it your all. You got to do what you got to do, nothing comes easy, so when the opportunity comes, go grab it.”
Who were the biggest role models for you growing up?
“My parents for sure. I see them struggling putting me and my family through school and it makes me want to do the best I can to be able to help them out.”
What did being a captain help teach you?
“It taught me responsibility. I let my actions speak for me, so I have to set the bar high and show others how hard we have to work to be successful.”