CICERO — Jay Hebert added two to his list of state championships Saturday.
He said all of them are meaningful, but the boys’ 110-meter hurdles Federation title was particularly satisfying. After coming up just short in the Federation race in 2013, the Ticonderoga standout reclaimed the crown at the New York State Track and Field Championships.
Hebert crossed the finish line in 14.10 seconds, beating out Sheepshead Bay’s Powel Deslandes’ time of 14.21 and grabbing his second Federation crown in three years.
“The D-II title’s nice, but to prove that out of everybody, I’m the best, that definitely feels good,” Hebert said.
Hebert was one of three Section VII athletes to grab medals on the second day of competition at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Earlier in the day, he ran his best time of the season, 14.06, to claim his third consecutive Division II championship and finish more than a half second ahead of his nearest competitor.
“I’ve been hovering around that 14.0 barrier for a while, and I thought (Saturday) I felt best and I thought I was going to get it. But just fell a little bit short,” he said. “Still a good time, though.”
The time was faster than anyone in the Division I race, and he didn’t even have to match it to win the Federation.
The Harvard-bound senior has been on Ticonderoga’s team since he was in seventh grade, and he credited coach Walter Thorne as well as his parents, for helping him build an illustrious career that surpassed his expectations.
“You see great athletes and eveybody having success, but I woud’ve never imagined way back then that I’d be on this stage at all,” Hebert said.
Plattsburgh High senior Jeriqho Gadway earned a medal in the 1,600 by placing sixth among Division II runners with a time of 4:25.17. He was 17th overall.