The Waynesville Lady Tiger will run in both track and cross country for the Spartans

Waynesville track and cross country runner Aminah Mujahid will sign with Aurora University Friday to compete in both sports for the Spartans.

“The school is very diverse and the head cross country coach reached out to me,” Mujahid said. “So, I decided to go up and visit. I really liked the atmosphere of the campus and they have programs I like to do. It all turned out to be a good fit.”

A more decorated athlete in track, Mujahid is a two-time sectional qualifier -- in the 400 meter in 2016 and in the 4x800 in 2015.

WHS track and field coach Mike Rawlings said Mujahid is the type of kid any coach would love to have in their program.

“She’s been our team leader on the girls’ side in the middle distance races the last couple years and we’re looking for her to be the total team leader this year,” Rawlings said. “Aminah comes out every day, she’s prepared, she works hard and does a great job of encouraging the rest of her team to do the best they can. She’s one of those kids at a track meet that’s not only interested in what she’s doing but is watching the whole meet.”

Mujahid plans to major in sociology at her new school in Aurora, Ill. She would like to be a child and family lawyer.

“I’ve had some inspirational teachers,” Mujahid said. “My fifth-grade teacher was a lawyer and my freshman language arts teacher was a lawyer as well before he started teaching. They both told me some inspirational stories. It was just one of those careers I chose when I was younger and I was like, Hey, that’s what I want to do, and it stuck with me until now.”

She’s likely been an inspiration herself.

Mujahid is a class president, volunteers in the community through the Kiwanis Club and other community service programs, is in the A+ program and has volunteered in the Special Olympics events at WHS for the last three years.

Waynesville cross country coach Nicole Jarman said Mujahid, one the Tigers’ team captains, also mentors the incoming freshmen.

“She’s really involved with the freshman mentor program, trying to help the younger kids,” Jarman said. “Last year, she was in the special education class for that.”

All that selflessness and hard work has led to an opportunity to continue the sports she loves.