Shawn Silliman, who will compete in both the hurdles and middle distance events, returns to the Ticonderoga boys track team this season.
April 20....CVAC Pre-Season Invitational
April 23....at Lake Placid
May 2........at Peru
May 7........at Seton
May 16......at Plattsburgh
Ticonderoga’s boys track team will again battle for Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII honors this spring.
Coach Walt Thorne’s thinclads were 6-1 in 2012 and return 19 athletes this season — including Jay Hebert, the most successful Sentinel track athlete ever.
Hebert of Ticonderoga finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Indoor Track & Field National Championships March 10 in New York City.
The Ticonderoga High School hurdler also won a pair of state titles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track championships March 2.
Hebert was clocked in 7.31 seconds in the state championship race (55 meters) at Cornell University, setting a new personal and Section VII record. In fact, he broke his own section and school records in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds.
The win gave Hebert both the NYSPHAA and Federation championships. The NYSPHAA includes all the state’s public schools while the Federation includes both public and private schools.
Since finishing third at the 2012 state indoor meet, Hebert’s only loses have come in national championship meets.
He won the outdoor state and Federation 110-meter hurdle crowns last spring. This winter he won the 55-meter hurdles at the New Balance Games in New York City Jan. 26 and won the Dartmouth Relays Jan. 12. Hebert is the first Section VII athlete to ever win an event at the Dartmouth Relays, according to Thorne.
While Hebert is the headline act, the Sentinels have a deep stable of athletes this spring.
Joining Hebert in the springs and jumps will be James Cook, Matt Cook, Coleman Granger, Justyn Granger, Marcus Moser, Shawn Silliman, Keegan Tierney, Skyler Gilbert, Stephen Bartlett, Tyler Loudermilk and Sean Lawrie.
Bartlett and Tierney will also throw for the Sentinels. Joining them in the shot and discus will be Steven Bussey, Cody Shaner, Zechariah McLaughlin and Taylor Coffin.
Ti will also boast a strong middle and distance corps. Silliman will join Javeed Nazir, Kody Parrott, Ryan Price, Cody O’Hara, John Cook, Martin Glazer, Brandon Charboneau, Milo Thurban and Aaron Russell. most of them ran on Ti’s conference and section championship cross country team last fall that took fifth place at the state championship race.
“I expect our boys team to be competitive in the section this season, Thorne said. “Attitude, team balance with 19 returning athletes from last year’s outdoor team and six new members will be our main strength.
“The distance team will be led by Javeed Nazir, Kody Quigley, Shawn Silliman, Ryan Price, who had a very good indoor season,” he added. “Our sprinters will be led by Jay Hebert, state champion in the 55-meter hurdles, Coleman Granger, a member of the 4x200-meter state qualifying relay team with emergent eighth grade sprinter Justyn Granger.
“Our throwers, led by senior Steven Bussey along with Cody Shaner and Zack McLaughlin, should provide much needed points in the shot put,” he said.
Assisting Thorne this season with the coaching duties are Phil Knellor, who tutors the throwers, and Michelle Stahl, who will work with distance athletes.