‘Q’ following family footsteps
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Mar 16, 2014 | 577 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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CLEVELAND’S Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad is keeping a family tradition going strong after signing with Middle Tennessee State University for track and field. Seated from left are Ursula Langford, Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad and Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad. Standing from left are Cleveland Athletic Director Eric Phillips and Cleveland track and field coaches Valerie Capps, Danny Murphy and Ben Williams.
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A family tradition that was established nearly two decades ago has fully come to fruition after Cleveland senior Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad signed with Middle Tennessee State University for track and field.

“Q” will be joining her sister, Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad, on the collegiate Blue Raiders team next year, and both girls are following in the footsteps of their mother, Ursula Langford, who set numerous records for Cleveland from 1981-85, and then was a part of the MTSU track and field team from 1985-88.

“I’ve always hoped that this is how it would turn out. I’m so excited and proud,” Langford declared. “My coach (Dean Hayes) is still there and is a really good person. I had a really great experience there, and they took care of us.”

According to the younger Abdullah-Muhammad sister, going to MTSU has always been her plan.

“I’ve always wanted to go to MTSU. It’s a good campus, and I enjoy the environment. They also have a good pre-med program, and that’s what I want to get into,” Qetuwrah explained. “My main thing will be jumping, but I have an idea that they will put me in some running events as well.”

During her junior season, “Q” reached the podium in the TSSAA State Track and Field Meet with a fifth-place finish in the long jump and was a part of the girls 4x200 relay team that claimed sixth place in the state competition.

For Coach Valerie Capps, who has worked with Qetuwrah for all four of her years on the Cleveland team, the signing was a proud moment.

“I’m very proud. She’s an excellent athlete and works very hard, not just at practice but in school as well,” Capps said. “With the family tradition they have, I think she will do well at MTSU.”

While “Q” has many positive influences in her life, she credits sister Atarah as having the most impact on her.

“My sister has been my biggest influence. I’ve been with her since day one and have seen how she has improved and pushed through everything. She helps me to always do better,” Qetuwrah commented.

Before she can make the jump to collegiate track and field, “Q” still has one final season to compete for the Cleveland Blue Raiders.

“I’m trying out triple jump this year, but my favorite is the long jump,” Qetuwrah stated. “It’s my last year, and there’s a lot of pressure on me, but I’m hoping to come out with a few state championships.”