McDonogh’s Jada Seaman, despite being relatively new to track and field, burst onto the scene in last year’s outdoor season, performing well enough to earn a spot on The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro first team.
Seaman continued her progression this year as she steadily continued to improve her times and lengths in her featured events.
“She had a really great breakout season,” McDonogh coach Devin Robinson said. “She is still so raw to the sport, it’s been really wonderful to see her progress and do well. She has progressed the way I hope she would progress. She wasn’t all of the sudden. It was a gradual progression from her.”
Seaman came into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships looking to defend her titles in the 100-meter run, 200 and long jump, and she did so.
She won the 100 in 11.90 seconds, later finishing in 11.81 to earn All-America honors at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, N.C.
In the 200 at the IAAM championships, Seaman cruised to a win in 24.04 seconds and later ran a personal-best 23.82 at the New Balance meet to earn fifth place in the Emerging Elite category.
Seaman had by far the best long jump performance in the area at the IAAM meet, clearing 19 feet, 2 ½ inches to win that title. She was the only athlete in the metro area to clear 19 feet in a postseason meet.
The only time she was beat was a second-place finish in the 400 to teammate Aleah Nelson, where she still set a personal best of 55.69 seconds.
During her breakout season, Seaman set school records in the 100, 200 and the long jump, but also emerged as a team leader despite being only a junior.
“She really loves the sport and she has a very happy personality. The girls love her,” Robinson said. “They voted her captain during indoor and outdoor season. She really bounces back from those not so great days. That’s what I love about her as an athlete.”
Seaman will continue to work on her craft during the fall to continue to grow and progress during her final high school season.