MURFREESBORO — Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad got the Cleveland track and field team started off on the right foot at the 2014 Spring Fling Monday afternoon.
The senior Middle Tennessee State Univeristy signee finished in fourth place in the state pentathlon with a total of 3,216 points from the five events.
There was only a three-point difference separating Abdullah-Muhammad and the third place finisher from Dobyns-Bennett.
“The crazy thing is that if she had run two- or three-tenths faster in the hurdles or gone another inch or two in the long jump the point differential would have been made up right there,” Cleveland track coach Casey Price stated.
“Q” missed out on the state pentathlon in 2013 due to an injury, and it was teammate Marissa Langford who competed and finished in ninth place.
“Marissa went last year, because Qetuwrah was hurt. For her to come back this year and do what she’s done is just a big deal,” Price declared.
Qetuwrah came in seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.78 and then placed third in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 6.75 inches.
Abdullah-Muhammad came in eighth in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, 8 inches.
Clearing a height of 5 feet, 1.75 inches earned Qetuwrah third place in the high jump and her fourth place time of 2:30.25 in the 800-meter run gave her a fourth place finish overall in the pentathlon.
“Q’s” podium position earned Cleveland five valuable team points for the state competition that will kick into high gear on Wednesday.
Abdullah-Muhammad heads back in action on Wednesday at 6:20 and 7:40 p.m. for the girls’ 4x200M and 4x400M relay prelims.
On Thursday, Qetuwrah will attempt to live up to her statewide reputation in the long jump (10 a.m.) and triple jump (11:15 a.m.).
“Coming in she is No. 1 in the state for triple jump and is second in the long jump. She is really starting to heat up in those events, especially triple jump,” Price stated.