All-American for Two Whitman Alumni


We have just gotten word that two recent Walt Whitman graduates have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically.  Long Island University Freshman Joe Calderone finished the season with a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Division II Tournament last week in St. Louis. Calderone's podium-caliber performance earned him the LIU Post Pioneers' first All-American distinction in the program's first season back in nearly three decades.

Calderone finishes the season with an overall record of 29-11 in 40 bouts across his freshman campaign. He recorded the most victories for the Pioneers this season and also amassed a team-high 15 pinfalls. To put that in perspective, Calderone was never pinned once across the five-month season. 

Standout North Florida cross country runner Michael Damato added one more honor to his solid season performance as he was recently named to the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country All-Academic team.  The men's program earned All-Academic team distinction.

Damato was among 153 women and 91 men in Division I who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. Honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and have finished in the top 25 finishers (or 10 percent) at regional’s or as an All-American at the national meet. A Finance major at UNF, Damato led the way for the Ospreys in each of the six races he competed culminating with his 12th-place finish at the NCAA South Regional. Damato becomes the first male cross-country runner to garner the honor for North Florida.

Congratulations Joe Calderone and Mike Damato, you make Walt Whitman High School and South Huntington proud.