Dalilah Muhammad is literally hurdling her way to track and field stardom with every running competition she performs. At the age of seven she began participating in the NOVAS Track Club at Rochdale Village where she showed great promise. By 2007, at the age of 17, Dalilah was named the fastest youth hurdler while attending Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens.
In 2013, Ms. Dalilah had won a silver medal in Moscow as she represented the United States in the women’s 400 m hurdles at the 14th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Moscow Russia. Fast forward three years and Ms. Muhammad, now 26, stands poised to represent America at the XXXI Olympic games in Rio de Janiero after qualifying in the 400 m Olympic trials.
Nadirah and Askia Muhammad are Dalilah’s proud parents and Rochdale residents for nearly 30 years. They attributed her abundant track and field accomplishments in part to an early interest in running, which was cultivated here at the NOVAS Track Club, which currently operates a summer program Rochdale’s Community Center. Coach George Taylor and the entire NOVAS Track team are very proud of Dalilah’s accomplishments. He continues training the next group of running phenoms at Roy Wilkins Park here in southeast Queens.
Dalilah has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern California (USC) and continues to compete on behalf of the university. Her recent win at the qualifying competition puts Dalilah on the ground in Rio to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Way to go Dalilah and best of luck!