Success in one season can lead to some amazing things in another. Just ask the McDonogh girls track and field team.
Three months removed from collecting the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title during the indoor season, the No. 6 Eagles added the bookend by winning the outdoor version at the conference championships at Calvert Hall in Towson yesterday.
"Indoors was really big," said sophomore Devin Robinson, who picked up four gold medals yesterday. "That built up our confidence. ... The fact that we have won indoors and outdoors, it means a lot."
McDonogh, which picked up its first crown since 2000 and its third since the IAAM began after the 1998 season, registered 103 points. Runner-up and No. 5 Bryn Mawr -- which was aiming for its third conference title -- finished with 86 points.
The key for the Eagles, who lost to the Mawrtians last week in a dual meet, was sprinting.
Robinson, who skipped two races last week to conserve her energy, claimed the 100 meters (12.29 seconds) and the 200 (a meet-record time of 25.24 seconds).
She also teamed with Anastasia Wynn, Brittany Harris and Brooke Staton to set meet records in the 400 relay (49.73 seconds) and the 800 relay (1 minute, 45.50 seconds).
Wynn missed last week's dual meet because of a previous commitment, but McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn said the team didn't need much motivation yesterday.
"This is a league championship," he said. "We weren't overly confident, but we knew we could win if everyone stayed healthy and did their part."
Bryn Mawr was led by senior Cassandre Tanner, who set records in the long jump (17 feet, 8 1/2 inches) and triple jump (35-9 1/4 ).
Laura Paulsen joined Alexandra Thomas, Maggie Farrand and Lisa Sussman to claim the 1,600 relay in a meet-record time of 4:13.21. Paulsen also teamed with Sinead Nyhan, Katy O'Donnell and Leor Gold to win the 3,200 relay (10:06.89).
"It obviously would've been nice to win, but we came in with 15 girls and they did incredibly well," Bryn Mawr coach Sara Colangelo said. "That's all we could ask for."
Towson Catholic freshman Devon Williams continued to rewrite the IAAM record books. Not only did she take the 400 (57.34 seconds), the 800 (2:20.07), the 1,600 (5:17.45) and the 3,200 (11:55.09), but her times in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 were meet records.
"I just wanted to come in and score points," Williams said. "I wasn't trying to beat certain times."
Her sister Rokesha, a junior, also set records in the 300 intermediate hurdles (45.07 seconds) and the high jump (5-2).
The duo accounted for all 66 of the Owls' points, which was good enough to propel Towson Catholic to fourth place.
Third place belonged to No. 10 Mount de Sales, which had 69 points. Junior Ashley Duckett could not finish the 400 or the 300 intermediate hurdles because of a pulled right hamstring, but she did set a meet record in the 100 high hurdles (14.52 seconds).
Senior Ruth Koerber chipped in by winning the discus throw (95-7).
Seton Keough senior Martina Hill repeated as the shot put champion with a throw of 32 feet, 9 1/4 inches. The Gators finished fifth with 56 points.