Notre Dame's Muhammad wins track athlete of the year
JUN 20, 2013 7:52p ET
He leaves the Knights track program as the winner of five career state gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze. Earlier this month at the state meet, he won the 100m in 10.33 and 200m in 20.84 to make it consecutive state championships in each. He’s just the third male to accomplish the double in the 100m and 200m in consecutive years, joining Cathedral’s Randall Carroll and Covina’s Remontay McClain.
It’s a moment he calls “the grand conclusion” to a stellar career.
“It was fantastic,” Muhammad said of his double at the state meet.
On Thursday, there was yet another capper. Muhammad was named the Gatorade California Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
In Iowa participating at the USA junior nationals, Muhammad wasn’t aware he won the prestigious award. He was told by his dad.
“I think he was on the internet and browsing and just came across it,” Muhammad said. “(He) told (me) I (won) Gatorade Athlete of the Year from California. I was like 'OK.' …And then I looked it up.
“It was ironic because yesterday we were just talking about it because we saw the girl’s list that came out but the guy’s (list) didn’t (yet).”
By Thursday afternoon, he’d seen the news all over Twitter, so he was pretty sure he won although he hadn’t received any official confirmation from the presenters. Still, he’s thankful.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” he said. “Last year I came up short and to get it this year, it means a lot. The Gatorade (award) is something special and to come out with it means something.”
Muhammad is the first athlete from the CIF Southern Section to win the award since McClain in 2011.
He joins prestigious company which includes Olympic gold medalists Joanna Hayes and Allyson Felix on the girl’s side and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Bryshon Nellum on the boy’s side to win Gatorade California Track Athlete of the Year and as a result is a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
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