This night belonged to McDonogh.
McDonogh's top-ranked girls cruised to victory in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship meet Friday night. The No. 1 McDonogh boys completed the school's sweep of the private school title meets with their win in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association competition at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
This was McDonogh's first championship sweep since 2010, and the girls now have won five straight titles. Coach Jeff Sanborn really liked how so many different people stepped up and helped the Eagles finish with two trophies, which both teams celebrated by racing through the infield and drenching him with water after the final event.
"Tonight we got both quality and quantity," Sanborn said. "We got it from everywhere."
The McDonogh girls again removed most of the suspense early in the meet, scoring points in a variety of ways and running away from the field. They finished with 154 points, easily beating out No. 10 John Carroll (95) for another championship.
Lakin Hatcher, Sidney Hayes, Mina Woods and Stephanie Holmes led the way with victories for the Eagles.
Hatcher won the 55 and 300 meters and anchored the victorious 800-meter relay. Hayes took first in the 500 and second in the long jump and ran on the first-place 3,200 relay. Woods added a first-place finish in the 55 hurdles and finished third in the triple jump. Holmes won the shot put.
The Eagles finished with wins in all three relays — the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
Sanborn also had been optimistic before the season about the boys, and the Eagles proved him right. They were unbeaten in MIAA regular-season competition this season and finished with a flourish here.
"We worked really hard this season," distance runner Mikey Singer said. "We knew we could do well, and we really just wanted to see how far we could take it."
They took it far enough. McDonogh finished with 127 points to beat out No. 3 Gilman (107), who had won the last two championships.
Singer, a sophomore coming off a strong cross country season, led the way. He won the 1,600, took second in the 800 and third in the 3,200. He also ran on the third-place 3,200 relay team.
McDonogh also got wins from Nihgel Scott (500), Josh Woods (high jump) and Andrew Robinson (shot put).
Gilman has been bothered by injuries and illness throughout the season. Still, the Greyhounds kept it close. Cameron Helm (300) and Jibri McLean (800) won events, while Gilman also took the 1,600 relay.
"I am proud of these kids," Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman said. "My kids gave me everything they have. We'll be OK."
The only multi-event winners were Ellie Gonzalez of Catholic and John Carroll's Kiana Wright.
Gonzalez had little trouble winning the 1,600 and 3,200. She won by almost 24 seconds in the 1,600 and by more than 1:02 in the 3,200. Wright captured both the long and triple jumps to help the Patriots to their second-place finish.
(at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex)