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March 10, 2013

Ti's Hebert state champion in 55 hurdles

Jay Hebert has broken records left and right throughout his track and field career, and he kept it up at last weekend’s New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships, lowering his own section record — three times.

And he took home two more championships in the process.



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The Ticonderoga junior was just adding to a collection of hardware he has accumulated since his career began.

Ticonderoga coach Walter Thorne has helped him along the way. Thorne has brought inspiration to Hebert, and the two have developed a great relationship since Hebert started running in seventh grade.

“Walt is amazing,” Hebert said. “He is just so dedicated, and we get up some mornings in the summer and go to the track at 6 a.m. or earlier to start working out. The coaching and support from him is a huge deal, and also my parents and the entire community of Ticonderoga has been phenomenal.”

“I call him my son,” Thorne said. “That is how proud I am of him; he is like my kid. And just watching him every day in practice, I am in awe. I said to people that if he wants to keep doing what he does, he can wind up in the Olympics. And I believe in him that much.”

Hebert raced in the 55-meter hurdles as the No. 1 seed at the state meet March 3 in Ithaca and claimed both the NYSPHSAA and the federation titles. He went into the meet holding the Section VII record of 7.43 seconds, and he posted a 7.38 in the preliminaries and a 7.35 in the semifinals before lowering the mark to 7.31 in the final.

Hebert is not just an indoor track runner, but has also won big titles in outdoor track. Last year he claimed the Division II title and federation title in the 110 hurdles at the New York State Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Syracuse.

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