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Ticonderoga's Jay Hebert (left) competes in the 110-meter hurdles Federation race at the NYSPHSAA state track & field meet at Middletown High School Saturday. Hebert captured first place in Div. II and second in Federation. (P-R Photos/Ryan Hayner)
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Northeastern Clinton's Mallory Honan leaps 17 feet, 1/4 inches in the long jump during Saturday's NYSPHSAA state track & field meet at Middletown High School. Honan finished second in Division II with her jump.
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Beekmantown's Kallie Villemaire (center) competes in the 200-meter dash at Saturday's NYSPHSAA state track & field meet at Middletown High School. Villemaire finished third in Division II with a time of 25.65. (P-R Photos/Ryan Hayner)
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Seton Catholic's Margaret Champagne runs a leg of the 3,200-meter relay during Saturday's NYSPHSAA state track & field meet at Middletown High School. The Knights ran the race in 10:26.89.
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Saranac's Ty Tedford (left) takes the baton from Sobaan Ayub in the 1,600-meter relay during the NYSPHSAA state track & field meet at Middletown High School Saturday. The Chiefs finished fourth in Division II with a time of 3:24.98.

Hebert repeats as Div. II 110-hurdle champion

By: RYAN HAYNER

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.

But that wasn’t the finish she was most excited about — she beamed when talking about breaking her own Section VII record in the 100-meter hurdles. The University of Vermont-bound athlete finished in 15.02, besting her previous record by 4/10 of a second to finish fourth.

“I could not be happier,” she said. “I was hoping to hit 14s, but I hit a hurdle … I really can’t complain at all. I’m so, so happy about hurdles.”

Honan said she was lost for words when she looked up at the professional-style jumbotron and saw her time flash across the screen.

“I couldn’t even talk,” said Honan, who advanced to the Federation race and took eighth.

Honan capped the day with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (35-11).

A regular at the state meet the past few years, Honan got into track and field six years ago, as both her father and sister used to compete.

“I was really bad at softball,” she said with a laugh. “I was fast though, so it just kind of all worked out — family thing.”

The Saranac boys’ team had a strong day Saturday.

Seniors Connor Christopherson, Ty Tedford and juniors Dustin Durgan and Sobaan Ayub not only took fourth in the 1,600-meter relay, they also broke their own Saranac school record. They medaled with a time of 3:24.98, breaking their previous record of 3:26.69.

“It was awesome,” Saranac boys coach Chris Verkey said.

Christopherson added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at 57.24, a personal-best.

“I was actually seeded 10th in the 400, but I was able to move ahead of some guys and got fifth,” Christopherson said.

Tedford ran the 400-meter dash in 50.52, good for fourth. Jeremy Bullis also earned a fourth-place finish with his distance of 145-9 in the discus.

After placing 10th in the steeplechase last year, Seton Catholic senior Mitchell Ryan went out as a medalist with a fourth-place finish in 9:43.31.

Plattsburgh High sophomore Jeriqho Gadway medaled in the 1,600-meter run, taking sixth in 4:20.67.

Kallie Villemaire, who earned gold last year as a part of Beekmantown’s 400-meter relay team, took third in the 200-meter dash in 25.44.

“It was a good feeling, ranked third – goal was to get third or better,” the sophomore said. Villemaire added that her goal the next two years is to win at least one 200 race.

Seton Catholic freshman Margaret Champagne finished sixth in the 3,000 in a time of 10:25.36.

FRANKLIN ACADEMY MEDALISTS

Franklin Academy senior Connor Gordon led the Huskies in Division I with two sixth-place finishes in the 1,600 (4:17.78) and the 3,200 (9:11.74).

Fellow senior Harvey Smith was fourth in the 400 with a time of 48.69.

Section VII Athletes

Division II finishes

Girls

100- Halie Snyder, EKMW (16th – 12.93); 200- Kallie Villemaire, B’town (3rd – 25.44); Halie Snyder, EKMW (14th – 26.38); 400- Claire Deshaies, PHS (11th – 1:00.86; 100h- Mallory Honan, NCCS (4th – 15.02); 400h- Mikaela Frechette, B’town (8th – 1:09.13).

Long jump- Mallory Honan, NCCS (2nd – 17-0.25); Kayla Carpier, PHS (9th – 17-7.5); Triple jump- Mallory Honan, NCCS (5th – 35-11);

Shot put- Megann Wood, Saranac (10th – 33-6.25);

Discus- Emily Anderson, B’town (9th – 103-9).

400 relay- Beekmantown - Mikaela Frechette, Carlee Casey, Courtney Wilson, Kallie Villemaire (12th - 51.31);

1,600 relay- Saranac Lake – Annie Frenette, Vanessa Salamy, Samantha Martin, Kate Stevens (14th – 4:18.29);

800- Melissa Whyman, Seton Catholic (7th – 2:16.90);

1,500- Melissa Whyman, Seton Catholic (13th – 5:13.61);

3,000- Margate Champagne, Seton Catholic (6th – 10:25.36).

Steeplechase- Maria Remillard, Peru (11th – 8:11.48); Pentathlon- N/A (DNF); High jump- Lea Perry, Peru (14th – 4-8); 3,200 relay- Seton Catholic – Margate Champagne, Maddy Munn, Maddy Murnane, Paige Spittler (11th – 10:26.89).

Boys

100- Nathan Foster, B’town (17th – 11.63); 200- Sobaan Ayub, Saranac (12th – 23.22); 400- Ty Tedford, Saranac (4th - 50.52); 110h- Jay Hebert, Ti (1st – 14.33); Connor Christopherson, Saranac (13th – 16.10); 400h- Connor Christopherson, Saranac (5th – 57.24).

Long jump- Rodney Grimshaw, NCCS (11th - 21.8);

Triple jump- Paul Ford, AuSable Valley (10th - 38-10);

Shot put- Garth Benway, AuSable Valley (7th – 48-2.75);

Discus- Jeremy Bullis, Saranac (4th – 145-9).

400 relay- Ticonderoga – Marcus Moser, Justyn Granger, Jay Hebert, Coleman Granger (12th – 45.53);

1,600 relay- Saranac – Dustin Durgan, Connor Christopherson, Ty Tedford, Sobaan Ayub (4th – 3:24.98);

800- Jon Gay, EKMW (15th – 2:08.50);

1,600- Jeriqho Gadway, PHS (6th – 4:20.67);

3,200- Evan Page, Seton Catholic (9th – 9:45.31);

Steeplechase- Mitchell Ryan, Seton Catholic (4th - 9:43.31)

Pentathlon- Hakim Bouzidane, PHS (11th – 2375);

High jump- Paul Ford, AuSable Valley (9th – 6-2);

3,200 relay- Saranac – Justin Liechty, Sean Tyrell, Ben Strack, Nick Dormann (9th – 8:29.00).

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