Cicero Everything had built to the final three races in the New York State high school career of Ticonderoga senior Jay Hebert.
Running in the 110 hurdles at the NYSPHSAA outdoor track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School June 7, Hebert scored two more state titles, claiming both the Division II and Federation championships with times of 14.06 and 14.10 seconds, respectively.
“Today I felt great and I thought I was going to hit the 14.0 barrier,” Hebert said. “Every title means as much as the last one. “I was not able to get a personal best, but they were my two best runs of the season and I was within two-one-hundreths of my personal best.”
The day prior, Hebert claimed the top time in the preliminary rounds with a time of 14.14 seconds.
Hebert then went out midday Saturday, June 7, and scored the Division II title. Shortly after receiving his gold medal on the podium, he was back on the track where he scored the victory in the federation event, which includes runners from small schools, large schools and private schools from throughout the state.
“Coming off the Division II finals I had to stick with what I was doing and I had a good finish,” Hebert said. “The Division II title is nice, but to prove to everybody that I was the best in the state was the goal.”
It was the fifth 110 hurdles title for Hebert, who will next compete in the New Balance Outdoor National meet at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C., June 13-15.
“I am hoping that I can go down there and be right there with the rest of the athletes,” Hebert said.
Taking a moment to reflect on his high school career, Hebert said when he started track in the seventh grade, he never expected what was going to happen over those five years.