The fastest woman in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
That’s how you can address Aishat Sadiq after the senior from Richmond, Texas, won the 60m dash at the 2019 HCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 16, 2019, with an Earlham-record time of 7.93 seconds.
Sadiq also finished third in the 200m dash at the HCAC with a time of 27.01 seconds, and ran the lead leg for the Quakers’ second-place team in the 4x200m relay that crossed the line in 1:47.85.
That was not the end of the indoor season for Sadiq, however; she posted a personal best time of 26.34 in the 200m at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet on March 2, 2019.
A few minutes with Aishat Sadiq:
What attracted you to Earlham College?
"I fell in love with the people when I visited. Everyone was incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and interesting. It felt like home but also somewhere that would push me in many different ways."
What’s the best class you’ve taken so far at Earlham?
"Brain and Behavior. It reminded me how much I love my major – neuroscience."
Are you involved with any other clubs/organizations here on campus?
"I’m a member of poetry club, BLUE, and a couple of other organizations but I’ve mostly been focusing on school and track this year as it is my senior year."
What are you hoping to do after graduation?
"Right after graduation, I’m going on the EPIC to Sweden to do public health research with my professor. I also received a $10,000 grant (either Davis or EC Peace Project) to put together mental health workshops for immigrant and domestic parents in New York City, so I will be there for six weeks. Afterward, I am hoping to work as a research assistant and/or get into a post-baccalaureate program before going to graduate school for my Ph.D."
How has being a student-athlete shaped your Earlham experience?
"In many ways being an athlete had given me a sense of discipline, drive, and purpose. There are times when I don’t want to go to practice or compete, but I have to remember (and my coaches remind me) of my bigger goals of breaking school records and qualifying for NCAA DIII nationals for track and field. I carry this over to my school work and personal goals. Also, being on the team is necessary for me because if I need a space where I can let out my competitive energy."
What has been your most memorable moment as an athlete since arriving at Earlham?
"Best – Breaking the school record in the 60m.
Worst – Injuring my hamstring during the HCAC Outdoor Championship last year. I was super close to breaking the 100m record. Ever since then I have made my health a priority, so it doesn’t ever happen again."
“This too shall pass.” My mom used to tell me that growing up, and still does, whenever I’m going through any challenges in life.
Favorite road/away venue you’ve competed at during your time at Earlham?
Washington and Lee. Their outdoor track is really nice and Virginia is really beautiful and warm.
Serena Williams. She inspires me to achieve greatness no matter what.
Pre-game/pre-competition ritual or superstition?
I don’t really have any weird ones. I like to eat a large meal (take out) the night before. My favorite races usually have come after me eating La Mex for dinner. I either need coffee or a nap before most of my races. I also refuse to take off my sweats until the very last minute because I feel like it’ll make me warmer and faster.
Three things on your “bucket list”?
- Qualify for the NCAA DIII National Championship
- Visit every country in the world
- Squat 400lbs