ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Vital stats: Asselmeyer ran 2:25.86 in the 1,000-meters at the Section 1 State Qualifier, the fourth-fastest time in the event in state history. He also won state and Federation titles in the event in a time of 2:28.20. Asselmeyer set the Dutchess County record in the 600(1:21.41) and 800 (1:53.16), with the fastest times in Section 1 in both events. He also clocked the fastest mile in the county at 4.23.71. As part of Arlington’s 3,200 relay, Asselmeyer provided the key performance in securing this season’s fastest scholastic indoor time in the U.S. at 7.49.29. The team went on to beat that time at New Balance Nationals, clocking a relay time of 7.45.95 to earn All-American status.
Quotable: “Jimmy did amazing things this year,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. “He is dedicated to what he does and what he sets out to accomplish.”
Vital stats: Adams’ time of 7.79 at the Section 1 State Qualifier was the 27th-fastest 55-meter hurdles time in the state. The junior was third in the county in the 300 and fourth in the long jump.
Quotable: “David is one of the most versatile track and field athletes around — he just missed qualifying for states in three events,” Beacon coach Jim Henry said.
Vital stats: Davis had the top high jump in the county and Section 1, with a season-best height of 6-4. The junior placed second in the state meet and fourth in the Federation with a 22-103/4 long jump, the ninth-best mark in the state this season. He was second in Section 1 competition with a top triple jump distance of 46-03/4.
Quotable: “The only person to beat (Beacon’s) Rayvon (Grey) in the long jump in Section 1, Terrel had arguably the best field event meet in county history when he led our team to a Section 1 Class B championship over Pearl River,” Henry said. “Terrel is a very accomplished athlete that is able to compete in multiple events at a very high level simultaneously.”
School: John Jay
Vital stats: Diedrick had the third-best time in Section 1 in the 55 hurdles in 7.75, which is also the 22nd-best time in New York State. Diedrick was first-team all-county, and placed second at the Section 1 Kickoff in the 55 hurdles. He won his league meet, placed second at the Northern Counties Championships, and placed fifth at the Section 1 Class AA meet.
Quotable: “Nate continued to make tremendous improvements in the hurdles from season to season,” John Jay coach Chris Coscio said. “He is a natural leader too, and his levelheaded approach to things serves as a great foil to Aaron Hamilton’s more passionate one.”
Vital stats: Grey won the state title in the long jump at 23-31/4, the fifth-best distance in all of New York in the indoor season, while placing second in the Federation. His triple jump of 48-10 placed him fourth in the state. Grey also anchored Dutchess County’s fastest 1,600 relay team (3:27.91).
Quotable: “Individually, he not only won the public high school long jump championship, but was selected as the Section 1 male sportsmanship award winner,” Henry said. “Rayvon is incredibly talented and a great kid to coach. We always call the time or mark that a kid gets at a track and field meet their ‘performance,’ but with Rayvon, that term is completely accurate. Teammates and fellow competitors actually stop what they are doing to watch Rayvon perform. More often than not, his performance satisfies the crowd.”
School: John Jay
Vital stats: The senior boasted the fastest 300 time in the county at 35.11, and the 18th-best mark in the state. Hamilton ran the 55 in 6.64. He made states by placing third in the 55 at the Section 1 State Qualifier.
Quotable: “Aaron is a born leader when it comes to the sport of track. He has all the intangibles that you want to see in a sprinter. He always wants to race and always wants to win, regardless of how good his competition may be,” Coscio said. “I’ve never met an athlete in high school or college that was as hungry as he is.”
Vital stats: Stack ran 4:34.59 for the 1,600 at the Molloy Stanner Games and 9:36.75 in the 3,200 at the Section 1 Class AA Championship, the 34th-fastest time in the state.
Quotable: “Conor Stack is a focused blue-collar workman-like youngster who works diligently, making the sacrifices necessary to attain his goals,” Arnett said.
School: Our Lady of Lourdes
Vital stats: Tankeh had the top performance in the 55 in the county, running a 6.55 at the state meet, where he placed sixth. He was also second in the county to Hamilton in the 300 with a time of 35.81.
Quotable: “Charles is very dedicated to making sure he becomes the best runner possible, whether its staying after practice to get an extra lift in, or get some extra starts in on the track,” Lourdes coach John Herles said. “Charles makes sure he works to his full potential at all times.”
ARLINGTON’S 3,200 RELAY TEAM
Runners/grades: Eric Sbrollini, 11; Reece Ragusa, 11; Joe Morrison, 10; Asselmeyer,12
Vital stats: Arlington’s relay ran 7:47.29 in the 3,200 for the first Millrose Games title in Arlington history and the fastest scholastic time in the U.S. this indoor season, setting a new indoor school record. The team went on to beat that time at Nationals, clocking in at 7.45.95 and earning All-American status.
Quotable: “It was an absolutely thunderous performance,” Arnett said after the team won at the Millrose Games. “They missed the meet record by two-tenths of a second. It’s the fastest time in the United States this year.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
Vital Stats: Arnett, who also coaches the girls track and field team, had an eventful season, including two state champions, five All-Americans, a Millrose Games win, several school, county and sectional records, and league titles.
Quotable: “This may have been our finest season yet!” Arnett said. “But though you are singling me out — let me be clear: this was not done alone — but was achieved as a concerted collective effort by an excellent staff which included: head coach Brian Powers (long sprint and jumps), assistant coach Liz Viggiano (short sprint and hurdles) and assistant coach Michael Rubin (throws coach and sounding board). These coaches are principled, knowledgeable, caring individuals who not only teach, but demand and get the best from their athletes.”
Arlington: Nick Cephas, Mark Chu, Ogemdi Chukwu, Timothy Criss, William Kautsky, Mark Richter, Brandan Williams
Beacon: Brandon Booker, Dominic Reid, Justice Telesco, Anthony Thompson
Dover: Kevin McMorrow, Nick Murphy, Patrick O’Loughlin, Jayson Strother
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Joseph McKeon, James Schaller
Haldane: Nicholas Farrell
John Jay: Lance Adams, Matt Goldsmith, Elliott Lawrence
Marlboro: Ray Decker, Theo Houghton, Marshall Mannese, Vinny McCollum
Millbrook: Chris Estremera, Jeremy Ruiz
Poughkeepsie: Isaiah Bevans, Jordan Finch
Roy C. Ketcham: John Anderson
Spackenkill: Neil Errickson