Ticonderoga Jay Hebert is used to leading the field. He’s a four-time state champion and All-America in track. He’s expected to be named Ticonderoga High School valedictorian in a few weeks.
That’s why colleges across the country recruited him.
It’s also why he choose Harvard.
“I always strive to do my best,” Hebert said. “That includes my education. I want to get the best education possible. I think I can do that at Harvard.”
Hebert made it official during a ceremony at Ti High March 27 — he’ll attend Harvard to continue his academic and track careers. He had been recruited by the University of Southern California, University of Nebraska, Syracuse University and a host of other colleges.
Ivy League colleges like Harvard do not offer athletic scholarships. Harvard will, however, provide Hebert with comparable financial aid.
Success hasn’t come easily for Hebert.
“He’s worked really hard,” his father, Pat, said. “He comes home from school and he does his homework. We’ve never had to ask him to do his homework. All summer he’s up at 5 in the morning to work out at the track. He knows how to work hard.”
That work has paid off.
Hebert earned became an All-American with a sixth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance National Indoor Track & Field Championships in New York City March 16. The top six runners were named All-American.
Hebert clocked 8.04 seconds in the final. Isaiah Moore of Burlington. N.C., won the race in 7.79 with Grant Holloway of Chesapeake, Va., second in 7.93 and D-Ante Yarborough of Ashburn, Va., third in 7.95.
Two weeks before that, Hebert won his fourth straight hurdles state championship, taking the 55-meter event. He won the 110-meter hurdles at the outdoor championships in 2012, then captured the 55-meter hurdles indoors and the 110 hurdles outdoors in 2013.