Athletes win titles; deliver pride for entire region


Hebert finished second in his heat of the 110-meter hurdles in the “emerging elite” class.

Lennon battled all the way before finishing third in the 5,000-meter championship race. He also added a 22nd place finish in the championship two-mile race. Lennon, who graduates this weekend, will take his talents to the Syracuse University cross country and track programs in the fall.

What makes a champion? Certainly talent plays a huge role. So does work ethic.

Kenyan distance runners, who dominate distance running throughout the world, often comment, “Somewhere, right now, one of my competitors is running.” It’s a reminder that dedication can never wane.

Jay Hebert, Dan Lennon and a handful of others, although still young, know that. It’s one of the reasons they’re champions — champions we can all be proud of.

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