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Amityville's Barrett leads host of Long Island winners at Federation meet

VESTAL, N.Y. - You'd think tying a school record in addition to winning a Federation title would be enough for an athlete.

Not for Amityville's Sancho Barrett.

Barrett considers himself a perfectionist, so he thought things could have gone slightly better at the state track and field championships Saturday.

The junior's smooth demeanor and routine helped him to a Federation title in the 110-meter hurdles in a school record-tying time of 14.14 seconds, just ahead of second-place finisher Elijah Pardo of St. John the Baptist.

"I really wanted to run 13. I actually hit the last hurdle a little that slowed me up at the end," Barrett said. "But when I saw 14.14, I knew I had a great race."

What was most impressive about Barrett's performance was that he shaved a good chunk of time off what he ran in the NYSPHSAA Division I championship race (14.33).

"It wasn't that hard," Barrett said. "I just relaxed and used the first race as a warm-up. I made sure I focused on coming back stronger."

Long Island's dominance in the hurdles continued as Bayport-Blue Point's Mark Castilletti took first in the Federation 400 hurdles in 54.16.

The boys success doesn't stop there as several of Long Island's top track stars lived up to the hype and came home with Federation medals.

Westbury's Darnelle Mickens dominated the 200 in a personal-best 21.52. Mickens won the Division I title in 21.79 earlier in the day and attributed his improvement to his start.

"I felt good coming out the blocks this time," Mickens said. "I came out the blocks slow in the 100. But I was fired up and focused for this race."

Riverhead's Michael Smith won the shot put with a toss of 58 feet, 8¼ inches; Longwood's Justin Williams, after finishing second to Bay Shore's Brandon Hutchinson in the Division I triple jump championship Friday, took home the Federation title with a leap of 47-10¾.

West Babylon's Lionel Fontaine capped Long Island's day with a Federation championship in the pentathlon with 3,645 points. Fontaine's performance was highlighted by a 6-9 high jump.

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