PLATTSBURGH — Eighteen boys’ track and field athletes earned all-star recognition at the Section VII Track and Field State Qualifier at Beekmantown Central School May 30.
Chris Verkey, whose Saranac team finished undefeated at 8-0 once again, was honored with the 2014 Coach of the Year award.
New York State sportsmanship awards were given out at the New York State Championships in Cicero June 7 and were voted on by all coaches in Section VII.
This year’s Section VII recipient was Jay Hebert of Ticonderoga.
Saranac was honored by Section VII representatives with the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
Coach of the Year
Chris Verkey (Saranac)- The Chiefs finished 8-0 for the fifth consecutive season and won their sixth consecutive sectional title under Verkey.
“It is a true honor to receive this award,” Verkey said. “None of this is possible without the wonderful individuals I have had the opportunity to coach. I give all the credit to my student-athletes who give everything they have every day at practice and in competition. I would also like to recognize my hard-working staff that puts endless time and effort into making our program the best it can be.”
Jay Hebert (Ticonderoga)
Ray Holmes Team Sportsmanship Award
Ian Pummell (Beekmantown)- A senior, Pummell worked hard all season at discus and shot put. He had his three best throws at the state meet, tossing 135 feet, 5 inches, 135-8 and 142, to finish sixth.
Brogan Arthur (Beekmantown)- Arthur has been one of the section’s top jumpers in both the long and triple jumps. He was always first in the pits at practice and the last to leave.
Nate Foster (Beekmantown)- Foster is an all-around natural athlete. He participated in several pentathlons this spring and never hesitated to step in and run any race when asked. Foster qualified for states the last two years.