ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Events: Long jump, triple jump
Vital stats: The Bulldog standout had yet another standout season. Grey clinched Federation and Division I state titles in the long jump, soaring 25-feet, 4 3/4 inches to break Olympian Bob Beamon’s state record. The LSU commit then went on to win the event at the New Balance Nationals, and was later named the Gatorade New York Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Grey’s triple jump mark of 49-1 ¾ earned him second in Division I at the state meet and third in the Federation. The accomplishments followed an indoor season in which he won a state title in the triple jump and a New Balance Nationals title in the long jump, and a 2015 outdoor season in which he won Federation and state long jump titles.
Quotable: “Rayvon leaves Beacon to head to LSU as the best high school horizontal jumper ever in the history of New York State,” Beacon coach Jim Henry said. “His combination of natural ability and desire to improve are unmatched. The bigger the meet, the better his performance has been. Competition brings out the best in him, and I can’t wait to see what he will be able to accomplish at the next level.”
Events: 110-meter hurdles, 400 hurdles, 1,600 relay
Vital stats: The Bulldog clocked a time of 14.05 in the 110 hurdles to set a Dutchess County record and to finish second in the Federation at states. Histime in the 400 hurdles of 54.34 was good enough for sixth in Division I at the state meet. Adams also anchored the 1,600 relay, which set a county record (3:19.63).
Quotable: “While much well-deserved publicity has been showered on his horizontal jumping teammates, David has opened the eyes and shocked many coaches with his efforts of the past month,” Beacon coach Jim Henry said. “Finishing only three-hundredths of a second behind one of the top hurdlers in the nation at the state championship, David made Northeastern (University) look very prescient for signing him to a scholarship.”
Events: 100 dash, 200 dash
Vital stats: The Spartan won the Division II state title — the first state track title in Spackenkill history — in the 200, setting a school record of 21.79. He finished second in the Division II 100 in a time of 11.05. Barry won the Oval Office invite, the Mid-Hudson Athletic League Championships and Section 9 state qualifier in both events.
Quotable: “Kabongo is only getting faster as he completes his junior year,” Spackenkill coach Stan Garrant said. “This is only his first full year of track (indoor/outdoor) season. There is room for improvement and football and track college coaches are taking notice of his speed!”
Events: Long jump, triple jump, high jump
Vital stats: The senior jumped 24-0 at the state meet for third in the Division I long jump. Davis set marks in both the triple jump (46-1) and high jump (6-4), and the Bulldog collected 3,140 points in the pentathlon for first at the Glenn D. Loucks Games.
Quotable: “One of the best jumpers in Section 1 history, Terrel is now ranked No. 7 all-time in the long jump in Section 1,” Henry said. “Terrel is a great example of continual improvement in track and field. Had you told me four years ago that Terrel would be leaping 24 feet in high school, I wouldn’t have believed it. Well I’m certainly a believer now!”
Event: High jump
Vital stats: In the high jump, Durham won the Northern County Championships, the Section 1 Class A Championships and cleared his personal best 6-6 for first at the Section 1 Championships. The senior finished sixth at the state meet in the event (6-4).
Quotable: “I told him if he does what he’s capable of doing, he’ll make the medal stand … and there he was on the medal stand,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. “If you have an athlete who’s receptive (like Durham) and can learn from an experience, you end up with a winner. And that’s what we ended up with.”
Event: 3,000 steeplechase, 800 run, 1,600 run
Vital stats: The senior won the Northern County Championship in the 3,000 steeplechase and placed third at the state meet in Division II (9:30.30). Henderson was also the Section I Class C champion in the 1,600 and placed second in the 800 at sectionals.
Quotable: “Theo has been a great leader to this team on and off of the track,” Haldane coach Alex McConville said. “A true student in the classroom and of the sport, looking to train hard and smart.”
School: Our Lady of Lourdes
Events: 100 dash, 200 dash
Vital stats: Jones won the Section 1 championship in the 100 and took fifth in the Division II race at the state meet, where he turned in a time of 11.13. He went on to record his fastest time of 10.66 in the 100 at New Balance Nationals to be crowned national champion. The freshman also won sectionals in the 200 and placed third at states in the event, clocking 21.85.
Quotable: “Jaheim has progressed so much in such a short time and has done an excellent job perfecting the little things that make a great sprinter,” Lourdes coach John Herles said.
Events: 100 dash, 200 dash, 400 relay
Vital stats: Lewis ran his fastest 100 in 11.02 to win the Section 9 Class B/C championships. He went on to win the Section 1 title in the event and in the 200. The senior placed second at states in the Federation 200 (21.61). Lewis also ran on the 400 relay team, the first relay from Poughkeepsie High School to compete at the state meet, where the squad turned in a time of 42.94.
Quotable: “(Lewis) has been the best runner I’ve coached in 20 years,” Poughkeepsie coach Kevin Rother said. “He was state champ (in the indoor 300) in wintertime and a state runner-up in the spring. … (He is) a great athlete and great person, and I was really honored to be his coach.”
School: New Paltz
Event: Pole vault
Vital stats: The Huguenot cleared 13-0 in the pole vault for 19th overall at the state meet. He set a personal record of 14-3 in the event to win the Middletown Invitational. Tadesse was MHAL champion and took second in the Section 9 state qualifier.
Quotable: “(Tadesse) is an extremely dedicated, hard-working kid,” New Paltz coach Don Bartlett said. “He is an excellent student and athlete with an incredible work ethic.”
Arlington 3,200 relay team
Athletes/Grades: John Furcick 12, Joseph Morrison 11, Reece Ragusa 12, Eric Sbrollini 12
Vital stats: The quartet won the Section 1 state qualifier (7:51) and improved to finish fourth at the state meet (7:45.90).
Quotable: “They were clearly the best team in the area,” Arnett said. “These guys really bring it when big races come along. When athletes perform like that, it’s a choice they make, and they chose to put their best foot forward.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
Vital stats: Henry coached three of the state’s best track and field athletes in Rayvon Grey, Terrel Davis and David Adams. The Bulldogs coach was instrumental in Grey’s success in setting the indoor and outdoor state long jump record, and in picking up a state and national long jump titles.
Quotable: “Coach of the Year? That’s easy — coach Henry of Beacon,” said John Jay coach Bob Lee. “We all know about how great his jumpers are, but the team focus was very visible this year. And he has been so helpful with giving jumping insights to many other jumpers in the area.”
“He produced two state champions and one of them (Grey) broke a (state) long jump record and Henry coached him all four years,” Roy C. Ketcham coach Dave Budd said. “He obviously played a major role in his success, and he’s kept him on the right path and because of that, there’s something to be said about his coaching.”
Arlington: Ogemdi Chukwu, Devere Knight, Conor Stack
Beacon: Michael Andrews, Colin Battersby, Simon Jefferson, Tony Kaikai, Malachai Maloney, Dominic Reid, Mikey Robertin
Dover: Tyler Belcher, Kennyasha Joseph, Andrew Lee, Mathius Martin, Kevin McMorrow, Nick Murphy
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Garrett Burnett, Max LaFalce, Dino Martinez, Wyatt Matyas, Neil Tompkins
Haldane: Nick Farrell, Jonas Petkus, Adam Silhavy
Highland: Kyle Sorbello, Alfred Worrad
John Jay: Matt Goldsmith, Chris Malles, Chris Mentzer, Noah Mikstay, Sean Murray, Shawn Norton, Sean Rivituso, Ezra Schutt
Marlboro: Bill Bernicker, Braxxdon Dawson, Noah Fodera, Vatan Gjurashaj, Nick Lofaro, Marshall Mannese, Rich Martinez, Will Orlando, Cliff Rood, Matt Seminaro
Millbrook: Chris Estremera
New Paltz: Grant Harlow, Matt Kanan, Mike Krebs, Eric Macaluso, Tajay Pearce, Mike Pisciotta, Dylan Scribani
Our Lady of Lourdes: Zachary Ropes, Alex Scotto, Will Whelan
Poughkeepsie: Shanric McFarlane, Trevon Reid, Maurice Thomas
Red Hook: Travis Kassner, Jeffrey Kiluba
Roy C. Ketcham: Zane Andersen, Jacob Baker, Charles Cortesi, Taisean Dodd, Mike Mahoney, Mitch Mahoney, Danny Napora, Phil Scarano, Delvaine Seagers
Spackenkill: Christian Chou, Joe Spranzman