Athlete of the Year
Wilson standout wins five state golds en route to back-to-back AGR honors
Pack some Vlasic with the spare spikes for big meets, coaches.
New York’s fastest high school runner of the year – Wilson Magnet senior Kelly Brown III – laughs about it now, but the gosh-awful prospect of chugging dill pickle juice in the height of competition had him gagging as he was dragging at a mid-June meet.
That meet happened to be the state track championships, and Brown earned a record five gold medals and a bronze in Cicero, Onondaga County, June 10 and 11, but the agony of pushing through six races, one right after the other, left him gasping for breath and cramping up until a wily coach came to the rescue.
In less than four hours, Brown ran the 100-meter public school division 1 final, 110 hurdles D-1 publics, 200 D-1 publics, 110 hurdles Federation final, 100 Fed final and 200 Fed final. He won all but one.
It’s why he’s the unanimous choice for athlete of the year on the Democrat and Chronicle’s 10th All-Greater Rochester outdoor track and field team, as he was for indoor. He and 19 others from greater Rochester, plus coach of the year Mike LaFrance of Brockport, comprise the team in a year of exceptional performances by Section V athletes.
“I felt like I was running like a chicken with its head cut off,” Brown said of his Saturday at states, “from the end of one event to the start of another. They held up the start of a couple races for me knowing I was coming off another one.
“I knew it was going to be really tough. Nerves hit me hard before the start of the 100. After the first hurdles race I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it.”
Aubrey Sheffield, who has coached Brown with the Flower City Track Club, said he ran to the concession stand and asked if they had any pickle juice. Dill, not sweet.
“You should have seen the looks,” Sheffield said. “They didn’t have any. But I was serious! I discovered years ago that it’s 20 times more effective than Gatorade; gives a very quick energy boost.”
Brown’s older sister, 39-year-old Nikki Carter, standing in line nearby with Wilson coach Jalen Smith, said she’d run and find some.
“If Sheff says it works,” she said, “it must work. Anything for K.B. I ran all the way up the parking lots, cut through a trail to a shopping plaza and bought the last two bottles in Aldi’s.
“Ran all the way back, too. Most cardio I’ve gotten in a long time. My back was soaking wet.”
After chowing down a banana and washing it down with the dill brine (“It burned some”) Brown went on to become the most dominant sprinter at states in Section V history. His friend and Rush-Henrietta sprinting sensation Lanae-Tava Thomas got the other jar. She downed hers, too.
“I was in disbelief,” Brown said after his last race. “I ran out into the parking lot and kept saying ‘I did it, I did it.’
“The worst part of it all may have been drinking all that pickle juice,” he said. “I looked at Nikki and said ‘What? Pickle juice?’ Never had it before, but I trusted Sheff. I’m just glad I didn’t get sick on it.”
To be so dominant, in so many events, said LaFrance, whose team won its first sectional track title in 15 years and competed against Wilson and Brown in Class A, “is almost unheard of. He is an incredible rare talent.
“I remember being at the start of a race earlier in the year with our hurdler, Jayon Frater. The gun goes off and Kelly’s halfway to the first hurdle before the other guys are hardly out of the blocks. They know that beating him is probably not possible, but finishing close becomes a major accomplishment.”
Ray Anikwue, Letchworth
Won public schools Division 2 100-meter dash (11.02 seconds) at states. And had a season-best time of 10.76 in 100. Two-time AGR pick won 100 and 200 at state qualifiers and C sectionals.
Dawson Bathgate, East Rochester
His second-place finish in D-2 steeplechase (9:25.16) set a school record. He also ran a 4:28.51 in the 1,600. The three-time AGR member, who also won the Class D cross country title and participates in jazz band, will major in environmental science at UMass Amherst.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Kelly Brown III, Wilson Magnet
Two-time AGR athlete of the year and three-time AGR pick overall won a record four gold medals and two bronzes at states in sprints and hurdles, including firsts in D-1 100 (10.72) and 200 (21.42). Attending Pittsburgh to study business and run track.
Ben Bulkeley, Fairport
Holds top sophomore 800 time in state with a 1:53.70 that also ranked No. 8 nationally and seventh all-time in Section V. Finished fourth in states in D-1 (1:54.59) 800. Personally, he is close to Eagle Scout rank with Fairport Boy Scout Troop 207.
Brandon Burke, Byron-Bergen/Elba
Third in Feds high jump, second in D-2 (6 feet, 8 inches) at states. His top jump was 6-10 at CC-C sectionals, No. 1 on Section V leaderboard and tied for third all-time in Section V. Interested in engineering, has been contacted by Georgia Tech, Buffalo and Lafayette.
Anthony Butler, Letchworth
Won D-2 triple jump with a personal-best 48-11 at states. He also claimed the triple and long jumps at state qualifiers and was the Class C triple jump champion. A three-time AGR pick and former state triple jump champion, he will attend Youngstown State.
Jake Converse, Honeoye Falls-Lima
The senior placed second in D-1 pentathlon and fifth in Federations with 3,264 points at states. He also was second in 400 hurdles (59.53 at Class A sectionals. A member of the state champion Nordic ski team, will attend Geneseo to study mathematics and physics.
Paul Dellinger, Brighton
His fourth-place finish in the D-1 state 3,200 in 9:12.45 was tops on Section V leaderboard and he ran a season-best 4:21.58 at counties. A three-time AGR pick, he plays cello and is completing an Eagle Scout ranking
Donovan Glavin, McQuaid
Won the D-1 steeplechase (9:42.25) at state qualifiers and turned in a leaderboard-best 4:19.56 in winning the Class A sectional 1600. He also won the 3200 at sectionals. The four-time AGR pick and cross country runner of year in 2015 will attend Canisius.
Mike Mallow, Fairport
His school-record 1:53.11 at state qualifiers was tops on the Section V leaderboard and the second-best time in the state this season. He’s a nine-time scholar athlete who will attend Binghamton to study computer science and run track.
Myles McKinney, Churchville-Chili
Senior won the D-1 long jump at state qualifiers with a leap of 22-5½. He also won the long jump (21-10½) at Class AA sectionals. He also plays football and basketball, is active in church outreach ministries and will attend Georgia Prep Academy.
Tre’Maine Moore, Greece Olympia
Won the 100 (10.99) and long jump (22-½) at Class B sectionals before finishing second in the long jump at state qualifiers and third at D-2 states in the 100. Two-time AGR member will attend Buffalo State to study criminal justice and run track and field.
Anthony Ray, Batavia
In his sophomore season, he placed fifth in D-2 shot put at states with a leaderboard-topping 51-foot throw. Two-time AGR pick who enjoys history and art also won discus (145-4) at state qualifiers and helped Batavia win Class B sectional title.
Kyle Rollins, Geneseo
After posting a leaderboard-best point total (3,384) in winning the D-2 state qualifiers, he placed second at states and sixth in Federations (3,247). A two-time AGR pick, he is a three-sport athlete (soccer and basketball) who also plays in concert/jazz band.
Tony SanGregory, Warsaw
A double-winner at the D-2 state qualifiers in the 110 hurdles (14.67) and 400 hurdles (56.16, tops on leaderboard), he then won states in the 110 hurdles (14.82). The Class C sectional champ in both hurdles is interested in computers, marketing and traveling.
Tyler Senall, Penfield
A 4:21.84 state-qualifier victory in the 1600 eas good for fifth-best on the leaderboard. He also placed second at sectionals in the 3200 in 9:36.65. He enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks and Nordic skiing in the Lake Placid area.
Anthony Smith, UPrep
The junior sprinter was second in D-2 400 (49.31) at states after winning the 200 (22.16), 400 (49.19) and helping 1600 relay (3:33.39) win at Class B sectionals. Participates with the Rochester Running Rebels in the summer
Terry Taylor, Greece Olympia
The SUNY Geneseo-bound pole vaulter was second in D-2 states and fifth in Federations with a 14-6, good for No. 2 on the Section V leaderboard). The Class B champion, who was a student mentor for reading comprehension in school, has cleared 15 feet.
Tobi Tella, McQuaid
He won D-1 state (50-10¾, No. 1 on leaderboard) and Federations (49-11) titles and placed fifth at Penn Relays. He also won Class AA sectionals. Three-time AGR pick will attend Rutgers to study mechanical engineering. Holds sophomore state record
Noah Williams, McQuaid
Two-time AGR member won the D-1 400 (49.44) at state qualifiers, was fourth in the D-1 200 (22.16) at states and Section V Class AA champion in the 100 (11.05). Youngest of six children, he also plays football for the Knights and loves to juggle.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike LaFrance, Brockport
In his 15th year of coaching, LaFrance guided Brockport to its first Section V track and field title, and more than 30 individual and relay school records have been set during his tenure. A microcomputer maintenance technician, he is training for his second marathon.
Campbell Anderson (Batavia), Braden Apt (Pittsford Mendon), Alpha Barry (Greece Olympia), Cole Bechtold (Brockport), Stephen Beckham (Rush-Henrietta), Nico Bellavia (Victor), Anthony Brinson (Rush-Henrietta), Dakari Brown (E. Irondequoit Eastridge), Isaiah Brown (Pittsford Sutherland), Jonathon Brown (Canandaigua), Wesley Burke (Churchville-Chili), Myles Calhoun (Webster Schroeder), Nick Callisher (Batavia), Marquis Carter (Pittsford Sutherland), Thomas Coene (Webster Thomas), Caleb Covell (E. Irondequoit Eastridge), Freddie Cunningham (Batavia), Lukas D’Alfonso (Rush-Henrietta), Aiden Daniels (Rush-Henrietta), Adonis Davis (Batavia), Dylan DelConte (Gates Chili), Trevor Delly (E. Irondequoit Eastridge), Sinan Ersan (Webster Schroeder), Brad Farnham (Penfield), Tyler Felder (Honeoye Falls-Lima), Jayon Frater (Brockport), Tyler Gaus (Batavia), Brandon George (Rush-Henrietta), Payton Gleason (Churchville-Chili), Max Gloskey (Webster Thomas), Isaac Goodman (Pittsford Mendon), Ben Hulbert (Rush-Henrietta), Simeon Harris (Greece Olympia), Tracey Harrison (Hilton), Nolan Hoh (Honeoye Falls-Lima), Michael Hughes (Batavia), Petro Huley (Churchville-Chili), Miles James (Churchville-Chili), Thomas James (Honeoye Falls-Lima), Cal Jantzi (Batavia), Zakariah Jantzi (Batavia), Zachary Kashmer (Churchville-Chili), Macrae Kozody (Fairport), Erik LaCourt (Brockport), Jake Lambert (Brighton), Nathan Lawler (Pittsford Mendon), Brandon Leiter (Webster Thomas), Liam Lyle (Honeoye Falls-Lima), Nathan Markle (Fairport), Joshua McLeary (Greece Olympia), Xavier McGee (Greece Arcadia), Matt McHenry (Canandaigua), Jake McPherson (Rush-Henrietta), Ernest Meeks (Greece Olympia), Dustin Meyer (Gates Chili), Andrew Mruczek (Batavia), Johnathan Mueller (Webster Schroeder), Marcus Nicholas (Irondequoit), Devin Nottingham (Brockport), Matt Orcutt (Fairport), Andrew Palermo (Spencerport), John Pullano (Penfield), Daniel Reger (Spencerport), Luke Robbins (Pittsford Sutherland), Roman Sagan (Brockport), Drew Schmitt (Brighton), Justin Schramm (Greece Arcadia), Kyle Schreiner (Fairport), Massie Scott (E. Irondequoit Eastridge), Harrison Shashaty (Honeoye Falls-Lima), Jack Smith (Webster Schroeder), Tahj Snow (Spencerport), Connor Spiegel (Webster Thomas), Nick Spinosa (Spencerport), Paul Suflita (Greece Arcadia), Jasper Suhr (Webster Thomas), Noah Taddesse (Rush-Henrietta), Dan Tette (Irondequoit), Trevon Tripp (Rush-Henrietta), Cole Vandenberg (Victor), Cole Viavattene (Spencerport), Micah Walker (Spencerport), Jacob Williams (Pittsford Mendon), Devin Woodyard (Brighton), Andrew Wygel (Webster Thomas).
Raphael Abel (McQuaid), Tommy Alvermann (McQuaid), Aiden Blake (McQuaid), Leander Blue (World of Inquiry), Charles Brown (World of Inquiry), Nick Caterisano (McQuaid), Cameron Cintron (World of Inquiry), Lloyd Davis (World of Inquiry), Mark DiPasquale (McQuaid), Joe Doerr (McQuaid), Kesean Haten (Wilson), Matt LaDuca (McQuaid), Juan Laporte Jr. (World of Inquiry), Atiba McLaren (McQuaid), Alex McNulty (McQuaid), Jared Rodriguez (World of Inquiry), Daniel Rooney (McQuaid), Isiah Shepard (World of Inquiry).
Aaron Berghash (Wheatland-Chili), Cole Boller (Pembroke), Alex Burg (Attica), Mitchell Chudzik (Attica), Aaron Clark (Wheatland-Chili), Matt DeSimone (Holley), Nate Disalvo (Oakfield-Alabama), Jon Doud (Pembroke), Ryan Dunlap (Oakfield-Alabama), Richard Flores (Byron-Bergen/Elba), Jordan Gardner (Byron-Bergen/Elba), Andrew Gottler (Byron-Bergen/Elba), Justin Hannan (Byron-Bergen/Elba), John Harris (Oakfield-Alabama), Alex Hogue (Wheatland-Chili), Jordan Kennedy (Wheatland-Chili), Lucas Kohorst (Pembroke), Jake Kowaleski (Attica), Josh Larmon (Oakfield-Alabama), Killian Lewis (Pembroke), Jordan Miller (Byron-Bergen/Elba), Vito Muoio (Byron-Bergen/Elba), Brad Misiak (Notre Dame Batavia), Cole O’Donnell (Oakfield-Alabama), Spencer Remington (Attica), Jack Sutherland (Notre Dame Batavia), Dylan Vogel (Wheatland-Chili), Curtis Williams (Wheatland-Chili), Mason Woodard (Oakfield-Alabama).
Devin Anderson (Dansville), Lucas Ayers (Livonia), Will Bendzus (Wayland-Cohocton), Jake Blanchard (Keshequa), Brad Bliss (Letchworth), Mike Booth (Wayland-Cohocton), Tyler Brzezinski (Bath), Caleb Burdett (Hornell), Jordan Cash-Rawleigh (Bath), Gaven Cassidy (Le Roy), Charlie Coley (Wayland-Cohocton), Joey Comstock (Caledonia-Mumford), Nathan Crane (Letchworth), Dean Damon (Livonia), Casey Deming (Bath), Kyle Ellis (Avon), Zach Englert (York), Tim Frew (Letchworth), Tyler Green (Hornell), Andrew Guesno (York), Kyle Hochbrueckner (Geneseo), Andrew Hollister (Perry), Mathew Holmes (Letchworth), Josh Jacobs (Dansville), Brandon Jones (Caledonia-Mumford), Trevor Kline (Wayland-Cohocton), Josh Kobylanski (York), Collin LaJoie (York), Donnie Lubanski (York), Ryan Lutz (Livonia), Conor Mahnke (Livonia), Brendon Maldonado (Mount Morris), Spencer Malone (Geneseo), Joey McCart (Mount Morris), Connor McEvoy (Keshequa), Maxin Mckenzie (Le Roy), Franky Mendez (Mount Morris), Marcus Middleton (Caledonia-Mumford), Chris Miller (Warsaw), Luke Milligan (Pavilion), Devin Mix (Geneseo), Tremer Nicoli (Letchworth), Kieran O’Halloran (Le Roy), Fred Owen (Livonia), Trevor Owens (Letchworth), Jacob Plesums (Warsaw), Tristen Prine (Avon), David Privitera (Le Roy), Tim Redman (Livonia), Edwi Rojo-Altamirano (Perry), Nick Rosica (Dansville), Canyon Roster (Le Roy), Michael Salvati (Avon), Anthony Sarago (Wayland-Cohocton), Luke Schultz (York), George Shaw (Geneseo), Tyler Smith (Bath), Ryan Snyder (Keshequa), Billy Spuck (York), Aaron Stewart (Bath), Austin Strobel (Keshequa), Nate Tangeman (Warsaw), Alberto Tewksbury (Livonia), Christian Valento (Pavilion), Dakota VanOcker (Letchworth), Kyle VanSlyke (Letchworth), Carson Wachholder (Geneseo), Lazarus Wallace (Bath), Joshua Walsh (Hornell), Eric Wright (Warsaw), Jacob Ziegler (Warsaw).
Connor Allman (Williamson), Jovhannie Andrades (Dundee), Sam Atwater (Clyde-Savannah), Tyrell Bluto (Waterloo), Norberto Cervantes (Williamson), Derek Cobb (Clyde-Savannah), Jonathon Coleman (Newark), Geordan Conyers (Dundee), Jack Devendorf (Williamson), Ethan Dietschler (Lyons), Andrew Doody (Red Jacket), Ethan Dorow (E. Rochester), Ben Eckler (Palmyra-Macedon), Eddie Ely (Palmyra-Macedon), Allen Enright (Marion), Collin Farrell (Midlakes), Noah Fisher (Red Creek), Tanner Freida (Wayne), Daniel Frisbee (Waterloo), Ryan Garrett (Clyde-Savannah), Jacob Gifford (Lyons), Scott Hawley (S. Seneca), Andrew Hines (Sodus), Codu Jerome )Palmyra-Macedon), Tim Kennerson (Waterloo), Kellan McDermott (E. Rochester), Willie Meyer (Red Creek), Maciej Nowikiewicz (Clyde-Savannah), Shawn Owen (Penn Yan), Jamarr Paisley (Harley-Allendale Columbia), Connor Pendleton (N. Rose-Wolcott), Bryce Rattray (Clyde-Savannah), Tyler Rattray (Clyde-Savannah), Dante Reid (Geneva), Isaiah Richardson (Geneva), Keith Rizzo (Red Jacket), Nathan Sawyer (Red Jacket), Walter Schaertl (Red Jacket), John Sitter (Midlakes), Jaden Sowell (Harley-Allendale Columbia),
Dillon VanDemortel (Newark), Alex Vandermolen (Palmyra-Macedon), Ethan Walters (Marion).
Colin Bainbridge (Genesee Valley), Phoenix Bliven (Genesee Valley), Josh Bodnar (Fillmore), Chuck Bolon (Bolivar-Richburg), Mike Burdick (Bolivar-Richburg), Justin Dudley (Bolivar-Richburg), Tristan Gleason (Bolivar-Richburg), Ethan Graves (Whitesville), Michael Harrington (Genesee Valley), Alex Jones ((Bolivar-Richburg), Jason Miller (Fillmore), Patrick Neu (Cuba-Rushford), Jason Sikorski (Fillmore), Garrett Thompson (Scio), Jesse Wetzler (Bolivar-Richburg).
Mike Adler (Arkport-Canaseraga), Tanner Bergland (Arkport-Canaseraga), Jackson Bill (Arkport-Canaseraga), Colby Bonnewell (Avoca), Ethan Bower (Hammondsport), Devon Brutsman (Jasper-Troupsburg), Hunter Clark (Alfred-Almond), Nick Clark (Alfred-Almond), Codey Derick (Avoca), Alex Diaz (Arkport-Canaseraga), Brandon Drake (Jasper-Troupsburg), Dom Fucci (Arkport-Canaseraga), Alec Gray (Alfred-Almond), Jake Haines-Storm (Avoca), Tyler Hill (Hammondsport), Jacob Hough (Addison), Bill Jackson (Arkport-Canaseraga), Jake Johnston (Alfred-Almond), Dustin Kinnaird (Alfred-Almond), Thomas Kressly (Hammondsport), Jordan Laursen (Campbell-Savona), Levi Lawrence (Alfred-Almond), Andrew Lee (Avoca), Scott Lemay (Jasper-Troupsburg), Jacob London (Alfred-Almond), Mathew Mayes (Alfred-Almond), Evan McIlwain (Addison), Graham O’Donnell (Hammondsport), Robert Quist (McQuaid), Jared Raab (Hammondsport), Jack Sherman (Jasper-Troupsburg), Dallas Towner (Bradford), Darnell Watson (Alfred-Almond), Evan Wood (Alfred-Almond), Xavier Zaldivar (Arkport-Canaseraga).
Lamar Chambers (Albion), Jalin Cooper (Medina/Lyndonville), Chase Pecoraro (Medina/Lyndonville), Manwell Taylor (Albion), Nate Trembley (Albion).
Cooper Buckley (Wellsville), Dominic Bushen (Aquinas), Graycen Carter (Aquinas), Warren Carter (Aquinas), Ryan Dunham (Wellsville), James Embser (Wellsville), Mike Giopulos (Wellsville), Chris Jackson (Bishop Kearney), Keyshawn Jones (University Prep), CJ Kamara (Bishop Kearney), Kelvin Knight (Aquinas), Amir Massey (University Prep), Shane Noble (Bishop Kearney), Ricky Russotti (Bishop Kearney), Kedari Rutledge (Rochester Career), Patrick Sayers (Aquinas), Jake Torrell (C.G. Finney), Michael Warren (University Prep), Jake Whitehouse (Wellsville).