For Ticonderoga’s Jay Hebert, thrice is nice.

Hebert won his preliminary heat, his semifinal race and the finals to claim the state title in the 55-meter hurdles at the NYSPHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held Saturday at Cornell University.

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Hebert entered as the No. 1 seed and didn’t disappoint. He broke the Section VII record three times, setting the record 7.31-second pace in the finals.

He set records of 7.38 and 7.35 in the preliminary race and semifinal race, respectively. Hebert broke the state junior FAT time record as well, besting the 7.32 mark set by Greg Hines of Whitmore High School.

Ticonderoga coach Walter Thorne said that in his 14 years of coaching, a Section VII runner hadn’t won the 55-meter hurdles at the state meet.

Hebert was also a member of the Ticonderoga 4x200-meter team that took 13th in the preliminaries.

On the girls’ side, Northeastern Clinton’s Mallory Honan had another strong day in the 55-meter hurdles, taking sixth in a time of 8.42. Ashley Wiggins of New Rochelle won with an 8.07 run.

Honan also took 19th in the triple jump with a 34-foot, 2-inch leap. Shenendowa’s Sarah Osaheni won the event with a 38-foot, half-inch jump.

Forty-three Section VII athletes qualified for the state meet at the state qualifying meet Feb. 18. Saranac sent 13 athletes (nine boys, four girls), Plattsburgh sent 10 (three boys and seven girls), Ticonderoga sent eight (seven boys, one girl), Seton Catholic sent six (four boys, two girls), Peru sent three (three girls) and AuSable Valley sent two (one boy, one girl).

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