Eric Steenstra

Barnstable High School Class of 1984
Varsity Letters Earned: 8
Football, Indoor Track, Spring Track & Field

Captain, Spring Track & Field, 1984

Captain, Indoor Track, 1983-84

Massachusetts State Decathalon Champion, 1984

BHS All-Time School Record, Decathalon

Division I Class B Discus Champion, 1984

SMC Div. I All-Star, Track & Field, 1984

Alan Carlson Outstanding Performer Award (D-Y Invitational), 1984

Most Valuable Player, Track & Field, 1983

Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year, 1984

Outstanding Sophomore Award, Spring Track, 1982

Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year, 1983-84

Old Colony League All-Star, Indoor Track, 1982-84

Cape Cod Times All-Cape & Islands, Spring Track, 1984

BHS All-Time Record, Shuttle-Hurdles, Indoor Track

All-State, Shuttle Hurdles, 1983

Division I Class B Champion, Shotput, 1983

Most Valuable Junior, Indoor Track, 1982-83

Most Valuable Player, Indoor Track, 1983-84

Cape Cod Times All-Cape & Islands, Indoor Track, 1982-83

Cape Cod Times All-Cape & Islands, Indoor Track, 1983-84

Inducted into the
Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Fame
On November 28, 2009

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To this day, few student-athletes at Barnstable High School have graduated with as many honors as track & field superstar Eric Steenstra of the Class of 1984. A four-time varsity letterman in spring track & field, three-time letterman in winter indoor track and one time letterman in football (1982), Steenstra left the vaunted hallways of the Red & White with the BHS All-Time Decathalon record, all-state honors in the shuttle hurdles in indoor track (1983), was three times names the most valuable player (twice in indoor track and once in spring track), was a three-time Cape Cod Times All-Cape & Islands, 1st team representative, was state champion in both the discus and shotput and much more. He capped off his BHS career by being named the school's 1984 Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award.

     Just as importantly, Steenstra went on to matriculate at Penn State University where he captained the men's track & field team in 1988 and 1989, was an eight-time collegiate letterman and was the eventual recipient of Penn State's Nate Carmel Award for outstanding leadership and performance. As a member of the United States Olympic Bobsled team, Steenstra was a member of the 1989 United States National Champions and participated in numerous World Cup races in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Calgary and Lake Placid, NY.

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