Jay Hebert, a former Ticonderoga High School track star and honor student, has been given the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship by LaChute Road Runners Club.
The $1,000 award goes to a Ticonderoga High School graduate who participated in varsity cross country and/or track & field who attends college full-time. The winner, selected by a scholarship committee, is a person who reflects the strong academic, athletic and character traits of Crammond. He died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.
Hebert, a 2014 Ti High graduate, will attend Harvard University in the fall. He plans to run track for the Crimson.
“This is a big honor,” Hebert said. “It means a lot to be chosen by the LaChute Road Runners. “The club has been very supportive in my career.”
Hebert, valedictorian of this year’s Ti High class, is the most decorated athlete in school and Section VII history. He won six straight state championships in the hurdles, three indoors at 55 meters and three outdoors at 110 meters.
He also advanced to the high school indoor and outdoor national championship meets as a sophomore, junior and senior.
“This means a lot to me,” Hebert said of the scholarship award. ““Not only has the (LaChute Road Runners) club helped me financially going to North Carolina (site of the high school outdoor championship meet), they’ve been there to support me all along the way.”
This year marks $12,000 in scholarships awarded in Crammond’s memory by the LaChute Road Runners Club.
“Duane was a great runner, but he was so much more,” Matt Karkoski, scholarship chairman, said. “He set a great example for younger runners through his work ethic and determination to succeed.
“We’re pleased we can honor Duane with a scholarship and, at the same time, help someone meet their college goals,” he added.
Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at RPI, where he majored in engineering and was captain of the college’s cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPI’s indoor and outdoor track teams.
After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.
The LaChute Road Runners has sponsored running events for decades in Ticonderoga while raising money to support youth running. The LaChute Road Runners has financed trips for the Ticonderoga High School cross country and track teams, purchased equipment for the scholastic harriers, provided monetary assistance to teens attending camps and awards the annual Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship.
Scholarship applications are available at the Ticonderoga High School guidance office, by contacting Matt Karkoski, scholarship chairman, at 585-7206, and online at http://www.lachute.us/misc_PDF/Scholarship.pdf.