June 9, 2013

Hebert repeats as Div. II 110-hurdle champion

MIDDLETOWN — Jay Hebert repeated as the Division II 110-meter hurdles state champion at the NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships Saturday.

Then he went and broke his own Section VII record in the Federation race later in the day, clocking in at 14.04 seconds.

That still wasn’t enough for the Ticonderoga junior to defend his Federation title, though.

Connetquot senior John Stallworth ran a blistering 13.98 to capture first.

“The (personal record), after not having PRed at all this year, that definitely came as a big surprise, and I was glad for that, but disappointing to lose the championship,” Hebert said. “I came back to defend it from last year and to lose it, yeah it was disappointing.”

Hebert’s personal record prior to Saturday was his 14.07 set at the Eddy Meet in Schenectady last year. He went on to win sectionals and turn more heads at the state meet by winning the Federation race.

Hebert will have one more chance to add a Division II and Federation title next year, and he won’t have to worry about Stallworth, a senior.

“Anything can happen, who knows what senior, junior will come in here next year — you never know,” Hebert said.

While Hebert was the lone Section VII athlete to win a state title, he wasn’t the only medalist. Local athletes placed in 12 Division II events and won 15 divisional medals if counting each of Saranac’s foursome from the fourth-place 1,600-relay team. And the conditions were a bit more difficult after rain forced a postponement of the first day of the championships at Middletown High School Friday, pushing every event to Saturday.

Northeastern Clinton senior Mallory Honan competed in three events and medaled in every one of them. Her top performance came in the long jump when she grabbed second with a distance of 17 feet, 0.25 inches.

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