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Sentinel thinclads appear strong this season

Ticonderoga has 19 track athletes returning

Shawn Silliman, who will compete in both the hurdles and middle distance events, returns to the Ticonderoga boys track team this season.

Shawn Silliman, who will compete in both the hurdles and middle distance events, returns to the Ticonderoga boys track team this season. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Sentinel schedule

April 20....CVAC Pre-Season Invitational

April 23....at Lake Placid

May 2........at Peru

May 7........at Seton

May 9........Saranac

May 14......EKMW

May 16......at Plattsburgh

May 21......AVCS

— 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.

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