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North Babylon's Charles sets two personal bests

ITHACA - It was the best two minutes of his life.

North Babylon's Berfrantz Charles won the 55-meter dash Federation title in a personal-best time of 6.391 seconds.

But his day wasn't over as he ran over to the long jump pit immediately following the 55 and jumped 23 feet, 8 ½ inches.

Charles took second to Anthony DeJean of Rome Free Academy (23-9) in the long jump, but he set a personal record indoors with the leap.

"It was fast," Charles said of his transition from the 55 to the long jump. "I'm definitely happy with the distance, especially since I had to do it like two minutes after the 55."

He was helped by DeJean, who agreed switch the order of the jump with Charles so the senior could do both.

Charles didn't have a lot of time to warm up before his jump, which made the feat that much more impressive. "My coach just told me to go for it, so I just ran as fast I could and jumped," Charles said.

"I wanted to do the double. I didn't, but I almost hit my outdoor personal best," Charles said. Charles is the reigning outdoor long jump (23-9) champion.

Charles was just one of several Long Island boys to win at the state meet. The Island featured six Federation and public school champions.

St. Anthony's Patrick Farmer (300) and Wheatley's Josh Haghighi (shot put) also won Federation titles. Amityville's Sancho Barrett (55 hurdles), Justin Wilson of Floral Park (high jump) and Bellport's Jaquan Holland (300) each took home public school championships.

For Holland, who took second to Farmer in the 300 in a career-best time of 34.62, his finish will serve as motivation for the spring.

"This was a great time," said the senior, who had a bit of a tough time starting from lane seven in the final. "But now I know in the spring me and Farmer will be going at it in every race."

Barrett also posted a personal best, taking the 55 hurdles state title in 7.473 seconds. "My target was to finish under 7.5," Barrett said.

"I was running behind in the race after an OK start," Barrett said. "But I caught up in the end. I thought I might've actually had it."

For Haghighi, his goal was to hit the 60-foot-plus plateau in the shot put final. He didn't quite reach that as he took first with a throw of 59 feet, 2 ½ inches. But the win was the only thing on his mind.

"After how I did last season, I just wanted the win," Haghighi said. "This was my last regular indoor meet, so winning the title is great."

Last year Haghighi came into the meet as the highest seeded shot putter (57 feet). But he threw 54 and finished fourth.

Other Long Island notables include Ward Melville's Quinn Raseman with a second-place finish in the 1,600, Glen Forsythe of Uniondale, who took second in the triple jump and Elijah Pardo of St. John the Baptist with a third in the 55 hurdles.

St. Anthony's 4x800-team of Brandon Keany, Marc Saracino, Patrick Murphy and Payton Hazzard took second as did Half Hollow Hills West's 4x400 crew of Damarr Aultmann, Justin Connor, Abdias Myrtil and Dan McCord.

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