Jay Hebert of Ticonderoga races to victory in the 110-meter hurdles at the New York State Federation Meet.
continued Hebert went undefeated in an event that is often decided by hundredths, even thousandths, of a second. Even the slightest mistake can be costly to a hurdler.
“Coach Thorne has really helped me,” Hebert said. “We practice a lot, going through the same motion over and over. You have to be absolutely comfortable with your form.”
Thorne said Hebert has a rare combination of speed, proper technique and endurance.
“He’s a special kid,” Thorne said. “He’s going to get stronger, more mature. We’ll work on a few technical flaws he can correct. We’ll get him into the weight room on the off season. By the time he’s a senior no one will be able to touch him.”
Hebert is the fourth Ti athlete to win a state title — all in track and cross country. Jeremy Hall won the boys discus about 20 years ago. Andrea Staepel won the girls 800-meter run in 1998. Lee Berube won the state cross country championship in 2007.
Ticonderoga has never had a team win a state championship.
Shawn Silliman of Ticonderoga also reached the state championship meet. He placed 13th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1 minute, 1.63 seconds.