ATHLETE OF THE YEAR — SIBBY HANSON, ARLINGTON
Events: 1,600-meter run, 3,200, 3,200 relay
Vital stats: Hanson ran the 1,600 in a personal-best 4 minutes, 15.77 seconds at the state championships, the 10th-best time recorded in the event in the state this season and the best local 1,600 time posted this year. Hanson also ran a personal best in the 3,200 at the Glenn D. Loucks Games at White Plains High School, a 9:14.48 that was 13th-best in the state and second-best locally to teammate Eddie Merenda. Hanson was also the anchor on the 3,200 relay that was the fastest in the area with a time of 7:46.62 at the state meet.
Quotable: “He is the guy for this team,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. “He is a great runner, the best 1,600 guy around, and was outstanding as the anchor for our relay team.”
Events: High jump, long jump
Vital stats: Brown had the best high jump in the area. His personal best was a height of 6 feet, 5 inches at the Hendrick Hudson Field Fest, which was the 16th-best jump in the state this season.
Quotable: “James really showed tremendous progress this year as he became the top high jumper in Section 1,” Beacon coach Jim Henry said. “He’s always one of the first kids to get to practice after school, and he has a great desire to improve.”
Event: Pole vault
Vital stats: Buechele set a personal record with a 15-foot vault at the state meet, which won him a state PHSAA championship, his second of the school year; he also won the state title in the winter. The vault was third overall at the meet and the fifth-best vault recorded in New York this season.
Quotable: “He won the indoor vault championship and worked hard to defend it in the outdoor season,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. “It’s a tall order replacing (former state champion) Jordan Yamoah, but Stefan did a great job and saved his best for last with the state championship.”
School: Our Lady of Lourdes
Events: Long jump, triple jump
Vital stats: Enkler had the best long and triple jumps in the area. He set a personal record at the state meet with a long jump of 22 feet, one-half inch, which placed him fifth. His personal-best triple jump of 46-¾ at the state meet qualifier was the 17th-best jump in the state.
Quotable: “John was a great leader to the younger jumpers this year,” Lourdes coach John Herles said. “He came ready out of the winter season and worked hard to raise all of his personal records by multiple feet this season.”
Events: 100-meter dash, 200, 400 relay
Vital stats: Hayle had the best local times in the 100 and 200. He ran the 100 in 10.74 seconds at the Somers Lions Club Invitational and medaled in the event at the state meet, taking fifth with a time of 11.23. His fastest time in the 200 was 21.74 at the Northern Counties Championships, which was the seventh-best time in the state. He was also part of Poughkeepsie’s 400 relay team.
Quotable: “Kwane is very passionate about track and has a desire to win,” Poughkeepsie coach Kevin Rother said. “He is talented and has studied his technique on his own, which has helped him a lot.”
Events: 400 run, 3,200 relay
Vital stats: Hunter won his third consecutive Division II state championship in the 400 with a time of 49.08, the 18th-best time in the state this year and the best locally. He was the anchor for the 3,200 relay that ran the second-best local time.
Quotable: “I don’t think he lost a 400-meter race all season,” Pawling coach Jack Power said. “He had a really great season to end a great career for us.”
Events: 3,200 run, 1,600 run, 3,200 relay
Vital stats: In the 3,200, the Duke University-bound Merenda had the fifth-fastest time in the state, which was also the best local time recorded — a personal-best 9:10.16 at the Glenn D. Loucks Games at White Plains. Merenda’s best time in the 1,600 was 4:19.14.
Quotable: “Eddie is a great runner and was the best 3,200 guy in the area, hands down,” Arnett said. “He also was great for us on our 3,200 relay team.”
School: John Jay
Events: 1,600, 3,200
Vital stats: In the 1,600, the Fordham University-bound Turi had the second- and third-best local times. At the state meet, he ran 4:18.79, good for 28th in the state, but he ran a personal-record 4:16.21 at the Loucks Games, the 11th-fastest time recorded in New York.
Quotable: “Mike has had a great season and did everything I asked of him,” John Jay coach Bob Lee said. “He put in a lot of work this season, and it paid off for him.”
ARLINGTON 3,200 RELAY
Members, grades: Eddie Merenda, 12; Steve Morrison, 12; Chris Koenitzer, 11; Sibby Hanson, 11
Vital stats: The Arlington quartet took fifth at the state championships with a time of 7:46.62.
Quotable: “This is the best relay team in the area and one of the best teams in the country,” Arnett said.
POUGHKEEPSIE 400 RELAY
Members, grades: Siddique Haddad, 12; Danny Hill, 10; Davez Williams, 12; Kwane Hayle, 12
Vital stats: The Poughkeepsie team ran a season-best 43.04 seconds at the Northern Counties Championships, a time that was the best by a local team.
Quotable: “I’m really proud of them,” Rother said. “They worked so hard and ran their best when it counted. It’s been an honor and a privilege to coach such a great young team.”
Arlington: Hsin Chin, Rajiv McSwine, Alex Cunningham, Josh Wright
Dover: Shakim Futrell, Peter Sander, Anders Hade, Matt Lee
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Joe Ciampaglione, Nick Fanitzi
Highland: Terrance Lawrence, Jarrett DiStasi
John Jay: Kevin French, Shawn Flynn
Marlboro: Kyle Marquis, Brandon Thompson, Chris Lofaro
Millbrook: Kevin Lessner, Sean Alvarado, Tom Orlando
New Paltz: David Busby, Adrian Climer, Ben Nadareski, Seth Odari, Whitman Oehler-Marx, Alfredo Mazzuca, Paul Lamarche, Austin Stewart
Our Lady of Lourdes: Charlie Ropes, Sebastian DeGuisto, Cameron Clarke
Pawling: Colin Souter, Taylor Souter, Mike Konchan, Scott Porter
Pine Plains: Devin deJoode, Aric Canivari, Ndue Palushi
Rhinebeck: Johnny Marvin, David Williams, Christian Gonzalez, Dante Penepent
Roy C. Ketcham: Elon Walters, Ryan Tancin, Mario Careccia, Joey Tokarz, Marcus Alston
Spackenkill: Wayne Bowden, Mike Clear, Ryan Jelinek, Trey Wilson, Tom Fink
COACH OF THE YEAR — STEVE ARNETT, ARLINGTON
Vital stats: Arnett coaches both the boys and girls track and field teams at Arlington. He led the boys to the Section 1 Class A championship, and his girls team placed sixth in the section. His teams were balanced and successful, sending multiple boys and girls to the state championships in multiple events.
Quotable: “Arlington was the best boys and girls team I’ve seen this year, and they consistently have a great program,” Dover coach Matt Pool said. “I think all their success starts at the top, which means Coach Arnett. He is a good man and runs a great track and field program.”