The top-ranked McDonogh boys and girls swept the private school track championships for the fourth straight season Saturday.
Both teams needed to rally and turned in strong performances to win their respective championships at Archbishop Spalding during the meet's second day. This streak started for McDonogh in last year's indoor track season and has continued since.
In addition, the girls have won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's outdoor track and field title for 11 consecutive years. For the boys, this is their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association conference crown.
The McDonogh girls took the lead early Saturday and pulled away, finishing with 193.6 points, easily beating out Maryvale (120.2). McDonogh's boys outlasted No. 2 Gilman, 140.5-129.5.
The boys won just four events, led by Andrew Robinson's victories in the shot put and discus. He scored the same victories at the indoor title meets. Josh Woods (long jump) and Mikey Singer (meet record of 4 minutes, 14.64 seconds in the 1,600 meters) gave the Eagles their other wins, but they also compiled a lot of points in other places.
"We don't have a lot of people, but the people we have just so much into the sport," Robinson said. "We don't have the numbers, but we have the quality athletes."
The girls won seven events, led by Brianna Jacobs' victories in the shot put and discus. McDonogh also got a victory in the 400 relay plus individual wins from Sidney Hayes (400), Lakin Hatcher (200), Danielle Edwards (100) and Maya Wynn (long jump).
Landrie Hatcher of Mount St. Joseph and Gilman's Jelani Roberts were the only boys who won more than one event. Hatcher took the triple jump and the 110 hurdles, while Roberts won the 100 and 200.
For the girls, Ellie Gonzalez of Catholic again swept the 1,600 and 3,200. Jessica Harris of Mount de Sales set a meet record in the 800 with a time of 2:11.56.
The No. 10 Digital Harbor boys and the Poly girls repeated as team champions in the Baltimore City championship meet at Mervo.
Digital Harbor won nine events and ran away with the team title during the second day of the meet. The Rams won three relays — 400, 800 and 3,200 meters — along with six individual events.
Michael Francis led the way with wins in the long jump and triple jump. Travis Walker (800), Darrius Salmond (1,600), Tyler Thornton (3,200) and James Jones (discus) helped Digital Harbor post 168.5 points, easily beating Poly (101).
The Poly girls won six events and finished with 132 points, beating out City (121), Digital Harbor (115) and Western (111).
Deja Stevenson paced the Engineers with three victories. She won the long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles. Ijeoma Ike-Amaechi won two events (800 and 3,200), and Tabitha Pyatt took first in the high jump.
Dunbar's Raquel Hughes (100, 200) and Anthony Simpson of Mervo (100, 200) were the other multi-event winners.