After Largo won the Maryland 4A girls' track and field championship her freshman year, the Lions' Sirdonea Davis thought such victories would become a regular occurrence.
But it took three more years for Davis, now completing her senior year, and the Lions to get back to the podium for a state title. On Saturday, the Lions scored 113 points to cruise to the title at Morgan State University's Hughes Stadium.
"I thought we'd win every year," Davis said. "We had [All-Met] India [Ransom] our sophomore year, and we didn't win," finishing a close second in 2002 and third a year ago.
The only senior on the Lions team, Davis won the triple jump and was part of the winning 4x100-meter relay, which included two sophomores -- Michaylin Golladay and Kamilah Bassett -- and a freshman, Jacia Montgomery.
Davis also watched as Golladay took three individual events -- the 100, 200 and long jump -- and sophomore Vicki Collier won the high jump.
"I forget that I'm the oldest one on the team," said Davis, an All-Met who will compete for the University of Mississippi. "They're young, but they're fast."
The fine performances capped a great outdoor season for the Lions. Largo was the only area school to qualify for the 4x400 Championship of America at the Penn Relays, and it finished second in the 4x100 large-schools championship.
The Lions were second at the Prince George's County meet and second in the 4A South Region, but Golladay won the 100, 200 and long jump at both meets, and Davis won the 400.
Saturday's success was the culmination of all the work, the Lions said.
"We've been really working hard since we were in eighth place indoors," Golladay said. "I'm so happy with how we did. . . . I don't know what to say."
Prince George's County dominated the 4A girls' meet -- behind Largo, C.H. Flowers (84.5 points) finished second and Eleanor Roosevelt (80) third. Individually, county schools won 12 of the 18 events.
C.H. Flowers senior Tiffany Nesfield completed her accomplished track and field career with a bang, shattering the state record in the 100 hurdles to win that event and later taking the 300 hurdles.
Nesfield, who will run for the University of Illinois next season, had seen her previous attempts at the state record fall short. On Friday night, the conditions were perfect in the preliminaries, and she ran a time of 13.72.
"It seems like every year it was something; one year it was too hot, one year it was raining. I guess this year there's the cicadas," Nesfield said. "But I really wanted to get that record."
Suitland Boys Just Miss 4A Crown
The Suitland boys were the only other squad close to a state title, barely falling short of winning a third Maryland 4A championship in four years.
Serge McGill won the 200 and 400 and was second in the 100. The Rams led by 21/2 points heading into the final race -- the 4x400 -- when Old Mill pulled off not just the improbable victory but also made up the points to win the title.
Needing to finish two places ahead of Suitland, Old Mill anchor Darnell Dixon took the lead and then held off a late charge from Eleanor Roosevelt. The Raiders passed Suitland for second.
The Patriots had 94.5 points; Suitland finished with 93.