Jay Hebert of Ticonderoga races to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II championship in the 110-meter hurdles. It’s his second straight state title in the event.
Jay Hebert is again a state champion.
The Ticonderoga High School athlete won the Division II (small school) championship in the 110-meter hurdles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet in Middletown June 8.
Hebert won the outdoor state and Federation 110-meter hurdle crowns last spring as a sophomore. The Ticonderoga High School hurdler also won a pair of state titles at this year’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track championships March 2.
“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t win the Federation race,” Hebert said of the 2013 state meet, “but overall I think it was a good meet. I did the best I could.”
Hebert was clocked in 14.33 seconds to win the NYSPHAA title. He was second in the Federation race, running a personal-best 14.04 seconds. He was beaten by 9/100s of a second by Connetquot’s John Stallworth.
The NYSPHAA includes all the state’s public schools while the Federation includes both public and private schools.
In the Federation race Hebert hit the seventh hurdle. His coach, Walter Thorne, believes that may have cost him the race.
“Jay had a fantastic meet,” Thorne said. “He won the Division II championship and set a PR. It was a great meet.”
While disappointed he didn’t win the Federation crown, Hebert was pleased with his 14.04 time. His previous best was 14.07.
“I knew Stallworth was going to be tough to beat, that I’d have to run my best,” Hebert said of the photo finish. “Of course, he was probably thinking the same thing. It was a great race; I knew he had me at the end.”
There was no such suspense in the NYSPHAA race, Hebert claimed the state championship easily.
Hebert also joined with fellow Sentinels Marcus Moser, Coleman Granger and Justyn Granger to run the 400-meter relay at the state meet. The team finished 12th in 45.53 seconds. That was a PR for the quintet, who had run 45.54 earlier in the season.
The meet was tough on athletes who had to deal with a weather issue. Normally a two-day meet, Friday’s events were postponed and the entire meet was squeezed into Saturday because of Tropical Storm Andrea.
“It was a long day,” Hebert said. “We had to be there early and didn’t finish until late. People had to run, then sit, and then run and then wait some more.”
The high school season is done, but Hebert has one more meet. He’s in Greensboro, N.C., this weekend for the New Balance National Outdoor Championships.
A year ago Hebert competed in the “emerging elite” division of the event and was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the 110 hurdles.
Now a junior, Hebert has moved up the “championship elite” class and will compete against the best hurdlers in the country.
“I hope to make it out of the preliminaries this year,” Hebert said. “I’d like to get to the semifinals and see what can do. Running again people in the 13s (seconds) will hopefully pull me along to a good time.”