Oakcrest High School senior track star Ish Muhammad has big aspirations for the Falcons this year.

“I really want to repeat as (Cape-Atlantic League) champions, and the (Atlantic) County team title for my squad,” Muhammad said Wednesday. “I really want my team to compete at that level. It would mean the world to me.”

The Falcons have won three straight CAL championships, and a fourth would be a first for the program, he said.

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Muhammad also has goals beyond the CAL — the state Group IV Meet and the season-ending Meet of Champions.

“Winning the Meet of Champions, that would really cap off my year,”  Muhammad said.

On Wednesday, the Falcons defeated Mainland Regional 108-32. Muhammad won the 800- and 1,600-meter races and the 400 hurdles.

“Ish is an amazing competitor and an amazing young man.” Oakcrest track coach Les Petty said. “He’s a kid that comes along once in a lifetime.”

Others regard Muhammad highly, too.

Last week, Muhammad committed to Villanova University on a full athletic scholarship. The Wildcats’ indoor track and field team won the Big East Conference championship this winter.

“I visited them in February.” Muhammad said of the Wildcats. “It is a team environment around there. There are no individual superstars. They work on bringing everybody up at Nova. They treat me like a person, and I appreciate what they have going on over there.”

A look ahead

The Oakcrest boys will compete Saturday at the Bridgeton Relays. The girls will travel to the West Deptford relays.

Petty likes going to a big event like the Bridgeton Relays knowing he has Muhammad to use in multiple events.

“He is versatile.” Petty said. “He can the hurdle the triple jump, the long and intermediates. He is a great young man and the captain of the program. There’s not enough good things to say about him.”

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