PHOTOS by James Fields Sr. / Team photo courtesy of McDonogh School public relations office
It was a championship day for the McDonogh Eagles, both boys and girls, as they swept their respective titles at the MIAA/IAAM track and field championships, which concluded on Saturday at Archbishop Spalding High School.
The boys broke Gilman’s four-year reign over the MIAA by outscoring the Greyhounds 176.5-151. The McDonogh girls, one of high school sports strongest current dynasties, out-pointed second place Maryvale Prep, 183-121, to win the IAAM championship for an unprecedented 10th consecutive year.
McDonogh won five individual titles and two relays on the boys side, while the girls brought home five individual gold medals and the Eagles swept all four girls relays.
McDonogh’s boys champions were Nihgel Scott (400 meters), Mikey Singer (1,600 meters), Justin Weathers (300 hurdles), Andrew Robinson (shot put) and Josh Woods (long jump). The Eagle boys also captured the 800 and 1,600 meter relays.
Lakin Hatcher (100 and 200 meters) and Brianna Jacobs (shot put and discus) were both double winners for the Eagle girls, and Sidney Hayes was the 400 meter champion. This, in addition to the Eagles’ victories in the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter relays.
The boys top teams also included Loyola (3rd, 97 points), Mount St. Joseph (4th, 54) and Archbishop Curley (5th, 52). Mount de Sales (78 points) was third in the IAAM competition, followed by John Carroll (52) and Notre Dame Prep (44).
Behind the victorious Eagles, there were many great individual performances by event champions from other schools.
In the MIAA meet, Gilman took four individual championships and won the 400 and 3,200 meter relays. Jelani Roberts was a double winner for the Greyhounds, taking the 100 and 200 meter races, earning him the honor of being called the MIAA’s fastest man. Jibri McClean won the 800 meters and Uchenna Ihenatu was the discus champion.
Charles Fisher (110 hurdles) and Connor Dunningan (pole vault) were individual champions for Mount St. Joe. The other MIAA champs were Jarid Ryan of Severn (high jump), Tyler Spear of Loyola (3,200 meters) and Austin Markley of John Carroll (triple jump).
Seton Keough’s Caitlin Alley, Catholic High’s Ellie Gonzalez and John Carroll’s Kiana Wright were all double champions on Saturday in the IAAM competition. Alley won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles; Gonzalez was the queen of long distance, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races; and Wright dominated the distance jumping with victories in the long jump and triple jump.
Additional IAAM champions included Jess Harris of Mount de Sales (800 meters), Jasmine Brown of Maryvale (high jump) and Notre Dame Prep’s Oona Peacock (pole vault).
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