Runner of the Year — Lorenzo Mazzuca
School: New Paltz
Vital stats: Mazzuca took first place in the Section 9 Class B championship (16:04.60). He also placed first at the Mid-Hudson Athletic League championship meet in 16:47.84. In the state Class B race, he finished 57th (16:39.70).
Quotable: “Lorenzo has a tremendous work ethic,” New Paltz coach Glenn Eckert said. “He was a captain and great leader. He showed the younger kids the right way to do things, and did an awesome job.”
Vital stats: Asselmeyer finished second in the Section 1 Conference I League A championship meet (17:11.50). He placed third in the Burnt Hills Invitational (15:48.93) and was fifth at the Northern Counties Championships in 17:01. The junior also earned a 10th-place finish in the Section 1 Class A championships (17:25.31).
Quotable: “He’s a racer. He’ll train well but races extraordinarily well. I think he’s tough. You can have heart, talent, smarts, but there is something about a guy who welcomes the challenge. He likes to compete,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said.
Vital stats: Heraghty was the winner of the Section 9 Class C championship race in 16:34.84. He placed fifth in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League championship race (17:27.18). He finished the state Class C championship race in 21st place (16:41.20).
Quotable: “Sammy was more than just a runner on the team,” Spackenkill coach Dave Swift said. “He is what the coaching staff refers to as a player-coach; Spackenkill’s version of Peyton Manning. He organized and led practices throughout all of summer and the fall.”
Vital stats: Langone placed third at the Section 1 Class C championship race in 17:17.47. He also finished sixth at the Northern Counties meet (17:03.27). His state Class C championship time was 16:19.30, which was good enough for a 14th-place finish.
Quotable: “Kevin was on the state (Class C) championship team last year,” Pawling coach James Kelly said. “He is definitely a hard worker and a great team leader.”
Vital stats: Morrison came in sixth at the Section 1 Class A championships in 17:10.50. The senior placed seventh at the Northern Counties Championships (17:07.85). In the state Class A championship race, he finished 65th (16:39.30).
Quotable: “He learned to take his talent and put it together in a logical, tactical approach for his races. He adapted his talents to the course and it’s why he made it to the state meet,” Arnett said.
School: Roy C. Ketcham
Vital stats: Primrose won the Section 1 Conference I League A meet (17:00.05). The senior took third place at the Northern Counties meet (16:53.11). He also finished in 36th place at the Section 1 Class A championships in 18:17.74.
Quotable: “Tom came in first in all but two races we had,” Ketcham coach Bob Briskey said. “He’s one of the captains and a leader in every sense of the word.”
Coaches of the Year — James Kelly and Adam Muroski
Vital stats: Kelly and Muroski were coaches under Pawling legend Jack Power until he stepped down this year. Kelly took over as head coach for the boys, while Muroski took charge of the girls. Both teams won their respective Section 1 Conference I League C titles. Two Pawling runners — Sarah Marvin and Kevin Langone — qualified for the state meet.
Quotable: “We take this very seriously,” Kelly said. “We want to fill (Power’s) shoes and keep the level of interest with the kids. It is a big challenge to keep going what he started.”
Arlington: Tom Wimmers
Dover: Kevin McMorrow
Haldane: John Hughes, Theo Henderson
Highland: Damien Stevens
John Jay: Troy Dean
Millbrook: Chris Estremera
New Paltz: John Fullam
Our Lady of Lourdes: Brian Robinson
Red Hook: Ryan Hicks, Nick LaBarbara
Rhinebeck: Dante Penepent
Roy C. Ketcham: Steve Rizzo, Adam Whitehead