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Ticonderoga hurdler wins state championship

Hebert defends title; heads to nationals

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 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.

— 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.”

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