Mariam Abdul-Rashid recently placed first during the Hershey's Track and Field Games in Pennsylvania. The 14-year-old Oshawa native won the girls' 13-14 200 metre event.


All paths to greatness usually lead to one place: The Oshawa Express.

And although we would like to take recognition for Mariam Abdul-Rashid’s successes, the credit is definitely all hers.

Rashid, a carrier for the Express, left the competition eating her dust during Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American final. As one of the select few chosen for the event, Abdul-Rashid didn’t disappoint.

Taking part in the 13-14 year-old girls 200 metre event, the Oshawa product scorched the competition with a time of 25.47. Abdul-Rashid’s time was nearly a second faster than anyone else in her division.

The win is her third North American Championship. Abdul-Rashid previously won the 400 metre event in 2007 and 2009. She is coached by Percy Marsh and Sharon Woermke of the Durham Legion Athletics Club.

The North American final was held on August 6 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It provides boys and girls from nine to 14 the opportunity to learn and develop the skills required to participate in basic track and field events, says a release. Four hundred of the best young track and field athletes in North America are invited to the event.

Abdul-Rashid now heads to Eastdale CVI for high school.