Jay Hebert, third from the right, receives his championship medals at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track championships March 2. Following the meet the 55-meter hurdle specialist learned he had become the top athlete in his event in the nation.
continued The 55-meter hurdles is normally decided by hundredths of a second. A bad start, clipping a hurdle, mistiming the finishing lean can all be fatal to a hurdler, which makes Hebert’s feats all the more amazing.
Since finishing third at the state indoor meet last winter, Hebert has been undefeated.
He won the outdoor state and Federation 110-meter hurdle crowns last fall. This winter he won the 55-meter hurdles at the New Balance Games in New York City Jan. 26. Hebert topped a national-class field, winning in 7.43 seconds. That time broke Hebert’s own Section VII and Ti High record for the event. It just missed the track record ot 7.42.
Hebert won the Dartmouth Relays Jan. 12.
Hebert ran 7.54 seconds in a preliminary round to break the record he already held, then ran 7.51 in the finals to win.
Hebert is the first Section VII athlete to ever win an event at the Dartmouth Relays, according his coach, Walter Thorne.
He decided not to play football last fall to concentrate on the hurdles and it has paid off this winter.
“I think not playing football really helped me,” Hebert said. “I’ve been training five days a week on the hurdles for more than a year. That training is really paying off.”
Ticonderoga and Coach Walt Thorne had several other athletes at the state championship meet at Cornell.
Jarryn Granger was 28th in the triple jump, Javeed Nazir finished 30th in the 1,000-meter run, Shawn Silliman was 32nd in the 600 run and Justyn Granger was 39th in the 55-meter sprint during the boys meet.
Sentinel Naomi Forkas finished 31st in the 1,500-meter in the girls meet.