Competing against professionals and collegians since the young age of six, future Olympian star Athing Mu has ranked #1 in numerous athletic categories winning AAU-age group championships since elementary school while holding many honors for her fascinating talent on the track.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey on June 8, 2002, Mu came from an amazing family of the Sudanese origin and was introduced to the world of track at the early age of five. After tagging along with her older brothers to the Trenton Track Club, she met her track coaches Al Jennings (head of the Trenton Track Club) and Bernice Mitchell, who have been coaching Mu ever since.
Mu ranked first in the 400m (51.98), 600m (1:23.57), 800m (2:01.17) as well as the 1,000m (2:44.43) at the United States prep level. Ahead of her time at just the age of 16 years old, Mu set a huge American record in the 600m at the 2019 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, making her the second-fastest woman in world history. She was honored with the 2019 USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year award acknowledging her strengths and athletic abilities.
A recent graduate of Trenton Central High School, Mu is now on her way to Texas A&M this fall to study Kinesiology (the scientific study of human or non-human body movement). “I look forward to better understanding my purpose within the sport and just seeing how far I’ll be able to go and what I can accomplish with God’s will,” says Athing Mu when asked on a phone call what she looks forward to.
Mu’s hard work and dedication has manifested itself in many impressive ways and it’s evident that she will become a legendary world-class runner. Mu’s commitment to balancing long hours of track practice and academics at once, shows how great she is on and off the track, and presents a glimpse into how bright her future already is.