CICERO, N.Y. -- It almost seemed like the cards were stacked against Uniondale's 4 x 100-meter relay team.
They were starting way out in Lane 7, up against a who's who list of New York 4 x 100 teams: Mount Vernon, Ramapo and South Shore, to name a few.
But for Derrick Ingram, it was just another challenge. "I knew we had a lot of competition," he said. "That just made me want to go that much harder."
So Ingram went out that much harder. Now Uniondale is that much closer to a Federation title.
Ingram gave his team the lead on the second leg and Uniondale held on to win the state Division I 4 x 100 at Friday's New York State and Federation Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
The team of Stephen Muir, Ingram, Will Stanback and Tresean Goodwin won in 42.02 seconds, besting top-seeded Mount Vernon (42.54). They will compete for the Federation title, which includes small schools and private schools, Sunday.
Ingram received the baton with Mount Vernon and Ramapo out in front by about 5 meters. The senior brought his team up to the lead right at the handoff, and Stanback and Goodwin were able to maintain the lead for the final 200 meters.
"I didn't even know I had given them the lead," Ingram said. "I just saw Mount Vernon and Ramapo in our heat, and I knew I had to go out."
In all, Long Island boys won five state titles on the first day of competition, including a sweep of both 4 x 100s. Stony Brook's team of Austin Sutton, Taylor Colucci, Edward Kim and Mark Braithwaite won the Division II 4 x 100 state title in 43.39 seconds.
Noah White took the Division I state discus crown finishing second with a throw of 167-9. Dominik Kosar of St. Joseph's Buffalo won the event, but White was awarded the state title because CHSAA schools are not eligible to win state titles.
Bay Shore's Kadesh Roberts won the Division I 400 hurdles in 52.71, and Jared Gray, Bailey Imbo, Paul Chiappetta and Harry Martin lifted Bayport-Blue Point to the Division II 4 x 400 state crown in 3:22.58.