Devin Robinson understands the McDonogh program well, having run in it as a student, so taking over as head coach this season was an easy move.
But nothing came easy for her this spring. The Eagles certainly had talent, but they were a very young team that needed to learn how to win — and figure out a way to get past a Maryvale team that had won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship meets in indoor track and cross country this school year, plus all three titles last year.
That's five championships in a row, so Robinson needed to make her inexperienced athletes think they could pull off such a tall task. They did, beating the Lions to win the title at the IAAM outdoor championship meet.
"They're a young team and [I had] to get them to believe in themselves," Robinson said. "I'm so proud of them."
Sophomore Jada Seaman, an All-Metro first-team pick, led the way by winning three events and taking third in one. There will be more to come from her and others, but Robinson and this group certainly set the bar.