Jay Hebert finished 18th at the New Balance Outdoor Track and Field Nationals in the 110-meter hurdles.
Jay Hebert can now officially call himself a college athlete.
The Ticonderoga track and field standout and winner of six NYSPHSAA state championships in the 110-meter hurdles finished the high school chapter of his career with an 18th place finish in the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Saturday, June 14, in Greensboro, N.C.
“We had a great time down there,” Hebert said. “I was able to get a workout in at the facility on Friday and I ran better then I did last year but not as good as states,” Hebert said of his 14.31-second run. “I felt fine down there and it really was a great event and fun time.”
After a strong senior year where he won his fifth and sixth state championships in the 110 hurdles, Hebert plans to relax for a couple of weeks before preparing for his next career as a member of the Harvard University track and field team.
“I will take a couple weeks off before coach (Walter) Thorne and I start working out again after the Fourth of July,” Hebert said. “Coach Thorne has talked to the Harvard coach and he told us to just keep doing what we do and he told coach to send me there in shape and ready to go, so that is the plan.”
Hebert, who scored the NYSPHSAA Division II and Federation championships three weeks ago, said he still hasn’t fully grasped everything he was able to do as a Sentinel.
“The championships and everything I was able to accomplish means so much and it still hasn’t fully set in,” he said. “I am proud of where the road has taken me and what the school has allowed me to do as a student and athlete.”
Hebert said he is looking forward to the college experience.
“I think I want to go in and see where I fall within the team,” he said. “I am looking forward to getting there and getting comfortable with all the aspects of college life.”
Along with excelling on the track, Hebert’s final duty as a member of the Ticonderoga High School Class of 2014 will be an academic one, delivering the valedictory address Saturday, June 28, at the school’s commencement ceremonies.