Events: 100-meter dash, 200 dash, long jump, triple jump
Vital stats: Grey’s reputation continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and seemingly with each of his leaps or bounds. He won the state Federation long jump championship (24-1) and was sixth overall in the triple jump (47-10 1/4). He took first in the Loucks Games long jump with a state-best 24-9 3/4, which also was the fifth best distance in the country. Grey led Beacon to its first outdoor title, winning the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump in the Section 1 Class B championship. Last month, Grey earned All-American honors in the long jump and the triple jump in the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, setting a personal best in the triple jump (49-7 1/4).
Quotable: “It’s beautiful to watch an athlete leave the ground and land nearly 25 feet from where he took off,” Beacon coach Jim Henry said. “Rayvon is now the best that Dutchess County has ever seen and is closing in on the best ever in New York history. Aside from Rayvon’s obvious physical abilities — blazing speed, vertical leap — the thing that separates him from his competitors is his desire to improve and his willingness to experiment with various changes to his technique. Rayvon has become a student of the Long Jump and his desire for feedback has made him a phenomenal jumper.”
Events: 400-meter dash, 110 high hurdles, 400 intermediate hurdles
Vital stats: Adams qualified for the state meet in the 110 high hurdles and the 400 intermediate hurdles, finishing fifth in the 400 (55.43) and ninth in the 110 (14.91). He also was the Section 1 Class B champion in the 400 hurdles.
Quotable: “It was a breakthrough year for David,” Beacon coach Jim Henry said. “After nearly qualifying for states during indoor track in both the 55 hurdles and long jump, David doubled his efforts this season and it paid off. He also has good academic credentials and has begun to show up on Division I college coaches’ radars. David has a reasonably good chance to become the best hurdler in Dutchess County history next season.”
Events: 800 run, 1,600 run
Vital stats: The Journal’s Athlete of the Year in the winter indoor season, Asselmeyer holds the Dutchess County records in the 800 (1:52.63) and 1,600 (4:15.79), and also was the anchor of the 3,200 relay team that took first in the Section 1 state qualifier. The Duke-bound senior finished sixth in the 800 run in the state meet.
Quotable: “You need an ounce of talent and a pound of grit to succeed, and James has more than that,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. “By his sophomore year, he was a mainstay. James is a closer, no matter the situation. It’s almost like being down four points in a football game, but you’ve got the best returner in the league and everyone knows he can change everything in an instant.”
School: John Jay
Events: 100, 200, 400 dashes
Vital stats: Hamilton won the 400 at the Section 1 state qualifier in school-record time of 49.09 and won the 100 at the Northern Counties championships. He also took second in the 100 at the league championship, setting a school record of 11.01. Hamilton received first-team All-County honors in the 100, 400 and as part of the 400 relay, and second team in the 200 and as part of the 1,600 relay.
Quotable: “Aaron is one of the team MVPs and arguably the best all-around sprinter in school history,” John Jay coach Christian Coscio said. “It will be a big loss not having him next year. I don’t know if we’ll see another all-around sprinter with the kind of talent Aaron has, but I do know that he has helped the current underclassmen become more dedicated to the sport.”
School: New Paltz
Events: discus, shot put
Vital stats: Julia-Wise won the Division 2 discus state title with a throw of 165-10. In the shot put, he took first in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League and Section 9 Class B/C championships — with a personal best 49-7 1/4 — and finished ninth in the state meet. His personal best discus throw was a 177-9 at the sectional tournament. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Julia-Wise is leaner than most hurlers, but his fundamentals are superb, New Paltz coach Don Bartlett said.
Quotable: “He’s worked really hard for four years to get to this spot,” Bartlett said. “Our assistant coach Pat Barberio worked a lot with him. He’s very quick and his form and footwork are dead-on. There are guys in competitions who are a lot bigger than he is, but his technique makes a huge difference.”
School: Red Hook
Event: Long jump, 100 dash
Vital stats: Kiluba was the first-place finisher among public school athletes in the Division 2 state meet long jump (22-5 3/4), making him the first male track and field athlete to win a state title in Red Hook history, according to coach Greg Rafferty. Kiluba also tied the school record in the 100 dash (11.9) and qualified for the state meet in that event.
Quotable: “He’s a pure delight, a coach’s dream,” Rafferty said. “He has become a student of the sport and is constantly working to improve. He’s very intelligent and he’s one of the nicest kids I’ve ever dealt with. For the kids to be around Tim and see his work ethic and watch it pay off for him, it has to have a great influence. He’s one of the hardest-working and nicest kids I’ve been around in more 20 years of coaching.”
Event: 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles
Vital stats: Malone was almost unstoppable in the 110 hurdles, winning several major titles in the event en route to capturing the Division 2 state championship. Malone completed the state race in 14.50, which set a school record, and took third in the Federation. Malone, who is headed to SUNY Cortland, also holds the Highland record in the 400 hurdles (57.0).
Quotable: “Storm was a great leader and captain for the team,” Highland coach Katie Reid said. “He was extremely dedicated to the sport and driven to succeed. Storm has been a pleasure to coach and brought a lot of excitement to every meet.”
School: New Paltz
Events: 800 run, 1,600 run, 3,000 steeplechase
Vital stats: A two-time Journal All-Star in outdoor track and two-time Journal Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Mazzuca competed in four events in the Division 2 state meet. He took 12th in the 800 (1:54.64), 17th in the steeplechase (9:53.71), third in the 1,600 relay (3:26.71) and fourth in the 3,200 relay (8:08.23).
Quotable: “He’s got an incredible work ethic and trains year round,” Bartlett said. “He could’ve chosen to sit out the relays in states and be fresher for his races, but he’s not like that. He’s been one of the pillars of the team and set a great standard for everyone. Positive attitude.”
Vital stats: During this breakout season, Stack quickly emerged as one of the elite distance runners in the area. He took fifth in the 3,200 run at the Section 1 state qualifier. His personal best in the event (9:31.64) is also the best time in Dutchess County.
Quotable: “Conor’s perseverance to stay the course is what has made him great,” Arnett said. “His whole season, from cross country to spring, has been a breakthrough. He does all the little things that need to be done, day to day. He’s proving he’s the genuine article.”
Arlington’s 3,200 relay
Athletes/grades: Asselmeyer, 12; Reece Ragusa, 11; Eric Sbrollini, 11; Joe Morrison, 10
Vital stats: The relay team was comprised of the top four individual 800-meter runners in Dutchess County. The quartet’s best time in the event — 7:44.85 — is the best in the county. They won the Section 1 state qualifier.
Quotable: “James is great, but you can’t win a war with one soldier,” Arnett said. “This group is a nice blend. Morrison is a fast learner, Ragusa is the emotional leader and Sbrollini is a thoroughbred who never gets flustered.”
Coach of the Year
Vital stats: Henry led a team that enjoyed its most successful season ever, capturing Beacon’s first outdoor Section 1 Class B championship.
Quotable: “The group of athletes that we currently have in Beacon has been such a pleasure for myself and my fellow coaches DJ Paulson and Ron Hammon to work with,” Henry said. “These kids have a ton of talent, but I’ve been around long enough to know that talented athletes who lack work ethic just lead to disappointed coaches. The success we’ve had this year, both individually and as a team, has inspired the underclassmen, and us coaches, to raise the bar even further next year.”
Arlington: David Brickman, Mark Chu, Parish Durham, Jake Sauter, Jacquez Poole, Brandan Williams
Beacon: Brandon Booker, Tony Kaikai
Dover: John Fontana, Andrew Lee, Phil Loverro, Kevin McMorrow, Patrick O’Loughlin, Owen Vincent
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Garrett Burnett, Joe McKeon, James Schaller
John Jay: Lance Adams, Jake Anderson, Nate Diedrick, Matt Goldsmith, Elliott Lawrence, Sean Murray, Shawn Norton
Millbrook: Delvin Wood
New Paltz: Martin Desmery, Mateo Julia-Wise, Matt Kanan, Julian Lewis, Eric Macaluso, Erica Lawson, Dylan Scribani, Luke Sturgis, Brandon Zapotoski
Our Lady of Lourdes: Stephen Grunbok, Matt Heitmann, Will Whelan
Poughkeepsie: Isaiah Bevans-Dydimus, Jordan Finch
Roy C. Ketcham: John Andersen
Spackenkill: Kabongo Barry, Ken Brahms, Neil Errickson, Joe Mills, Giancarlo Porco