ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Events: 200, 400 meters
Vital stats: Beram, a first-time Poughkeepsie Journal Track and Field Athlete of the Year, set a school record in the 400 at the New York State Public High School Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet, placing fourth with the state's sixth-fastest time of the season, 48.15 seconds. He also clocked the state's 18th-best time in the 200, 22.08, at the Section 1 State Qualifier.
Quotable: "He did a great job this year. He's always been a really hard worker, and he really focused on his drills a lot. He accepted my challenge of what he needed to do," Arlington coach Steve Arnett said.
School: Beacon Grade: 11
Event: High jump
Vital stats: Brown was Dutchess County's top high jumper for a second consecutive year, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches at the Section 1 duals. The jump ranked him 21st in the state for the spring.
Quotable: "James helped our team in a variety of ways this year. In addition to repeating as county champion in the high jump, James teamed with two freshmen and a sophomore to run an extremely quick 4-by-400 relay," Beacon coach Jim Henry said.
School: Our Lady of Lourdes Grade: 12
Events: Long and triple jumps
Vital stats: Enkler qualified for his fourth consecutive state meet this spring -- two indoors and two outdoors. His leap of 45-10 1/2 in the triple jump at the Section 1 State Qualifier placed him 14th on the state list for the spring. He jumped 21-10 in the long jump at the Section 1 State Qualifier, 38th-best in the state.
Quotable: "He has continued to push himself to be the best athlete that he can be. He is a big-meet competitor; the bigger the meet, the bigger he goes on his jumps. He is the best all-around athlete and person that I have not only coached but have had the privilege to be around. He will be greatly missed next year when he jumps at Cornell University," Lourdes coach John Herles said.
School: Dover Grade: 12
Events: Discus, shot put
Vital stats: Futrell qualified for the state meet in both the discus and shot put. His best performance in the discus of 151-6 came at the Somers Lions Club Invitational, and his best toss of 49-5.25 in the shot was at the Kingston Tiger Relays.
Quotable: "He was first or second for us all year at dual meets, sectional meets and state qualifiers. He has a quiet confidence about him, and he's very good with the younger athletes," Dover coach Matt Pool said.
School: Arlington Grade: 12
Events: 1,600, 3,200 meters
Vital stats: Hanson, who will run next season at North Carolina State, finished with the eighth-quickest time in the state in the 3,200, 9:09.1 at the Northern Counties Championships. He also had the area's fastest time in the 1,600, clocking 4:18.19, at the Somers Lions Club Invitational.
Quotable: "Any time you're all-section in the two-mile run, you have to be a top-flight runner," Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. "He had some great races. We're going to realize what he's done when he's gone. He's going to be sorely missed."
School: Pawling Grade: 12
Vital stats: Jorgensen, who was a Poughkeepsie Journal all-star during the indoor season, clocked the ninth-fastest time in the state in the 3,200, crossing the finish line in 9:10.54 at the Northern Counties meet.
Quotable: "Matt was consistent all spring, and he did everything for us with his performances on the track and his leadership off the track. He's just a great kid," Pawling coach Jack Power said.
School: Dover Grade: 12
Event: Distance runner, steeplechase
Vital stats: Lee was the top Dutchess County performer in the steeplechase this season, placing sixth in Division II at the state meet. The senior also had one of the top 50 times in the state in the 3,200, 9:30.5.
Quotable: "He's a solid distance runner with lots of range and is very durable," Pool said.
School: Marlboro Grade: 12
Vital stats: Marquis, who will compete at the University of Buffalo, finished ninth overall and sixth in Division II with 3,083 points at the state championships. The 3,083 points ranked him 19th in the state for the spring season.
Quotable: "Kyle is an all-around great track athlete. You can put him in any event and he can score in a dual meet," Marlboro coach Gary Trapani said. "It was only the third time he's ever done the pentathlon and he took sixth at the state meet. He's got a ton of potential at the college level."
School: New Paltz Grade: 12
Event: Pole vault
Vital stats: Oehler-Marx cleared 14 feet at the state meet, earning him a medal among Division II competitors and placing him 20th on the state list for the spring season.
Quotable: "He started pole-vaulting as a freshman and really got into it. He's been a positive influence on the younger guys coming up," New Paltz coach Don Bartlett said.
Arlington 3,200 relay
Members/grades: Sibby Hanson, 12; Steve Morrison, 11; James Asselmeyer, 10; Tom Wimmers, 11; Matt Haering, 12
Vital stats: Hanson, Morrison, Asselmeyer and Wimmers ran to the state's 11th-fastest time, 7:50.78, at the Glenn D. Loucks Games in White Plains. Morrison, Asselmeyer, Wimmers and Haering clocked 7:53.81 to finish 11th overall at the state meet.
Quotable: "They've continued a tradition of excellence. In the last 26 years, we've had a 4-by-800 team break eight minutes at least once in 24 of those years," Arnett said.
New Paltz 3,200 relay
Members/grades: Alfredo Mazzuca, 12; David Busby, 12; Lorenzo Mazzuca, 10; John Fullam, 11
Vital stats: The four runners ran to the state Division II championship with a time of 7:52.84, the second-fastest time in the area this season. Mazzuca will attend Vassar and Busby will go to Syracuse for next season.
Quotable: "They just worked really hard. They've always got track on their mind," Bartlett said.
Arlington: Will Ackerman, Stefan Buechele, Peter Garson, Aiken Kanian, Tim Lotocky, Austin Schweitzer, Jeremy Torella; Beacon: Brandon Booker; Dover: Anders Hade, Peter Sander; Franklin D. Roosevelt: Joe Ciampaglione, Myles Clark; Highland: Terrence Lawrence; John Jay: Nikolas Angyal, Aaron Hamilton, Dante Harris, Courtney Hunte, Charles Tankeh; Marlboro: Dustin Eyerman, Deforest Gatewood, Brandon Thompson, Dontay Walker, Zack Warden; Millbrook: Alfredo Mancusa, Ed Stickter; New Paltz: Anthony Bonilla, Franco Julia-Wise, Austin Stewart; Our Lady of Lourdes: Cameron Clarke, Phil Tullo; Pawling: Mike Konchan; Rhinebeck: Andrew Chardavoine, Nir Lavi-Romer, Dante Penepent, Brandt Slayton, David Williams; Roy C. Ketcham: Elon Walters; Webutuck: Jesse Capellaro
Coach of the Year
School: New Paltz
Vital stats: Bartlett coached the Huguenots to a third consecutive Mid-Hudson Athletic League boys title as well as a Section 9 Class B crown. He also guided the 3,200-meter relay of Alfredo Mazzuca, David Busby, Lorenzo Mazzuca and John Fullam to a state Division II championship.
Quotable: "We came in with a goal of getting another title," Bartlett said. "I didn't know if we could because we graduated a lot of guys. We knew we had the distance runners to dominate from the 800 up. We had some nice surprises in the field events. ... I believe every year is going to be tough to get another title. We'll see what we come up with next year."