BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP — Ishmael Muhammad began the Atlantic County Track and Field Championships with no county titles Thursday afternoon.

The Oakcrest High School senior finished the meet with four titles. The middle distance runner’s performance propelled the Falcons to their fifth straight county title. Oakcrest outscored second-place Egg Harbor Township 138-95 at Buena Regional.

“I’m ecstatic right now,” Muhammad said. “I’ve never won at the county (meet). I’ve always finished second or third. To finally be able to win not just one but four and come away with our fifth team title in a row is amazing.”

Meanwhile, the Egg Harbor Township girls easily won their fourth straight county championship.

Muhammad easily won his races. He won the 400-meter hurdles (55.88 seconds), the 1,600 (4:22.85) and the 800 (1:57.82). He also anchored the Falcons 4x400relay team to victory. Muhammad’s most impressive performance came in the 1,600 where he pulled away from Hammonton standout Louis Corgliano during the final two laps.

Muhammad is headed to Villanova University, but despite his talent, he left his previous three country championships without any first-place medals. He ran behind the twins Isaac and Jacob Clark of Pleasantville last season. The Clark twins graduated last spring.

“It was frustrating,” Muhammad said. “Atlantic County has been really deep lately with the Clark twins. Now they’re gone, and it’s opened doors for me. It’s my time to shine.”

Thursday completed a crucial week for the Falcons. They won their fourth straight Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title by beating Millville and St. Augustine Prep in dual meets Tuesday. The Falcons have won 36 straight dual meets.

“There was a lot of pressure this week,” Oakcrest coach Les Petty said.

On Thursday, the Falcons showed their depth. LaDarrell Dixon led a sweep of the top three places in the triple jump. Ray Rodriguez won the pole vault.

“We’ve graduated some super studs the past few years,” Muhammad said. “We don’t fret over that. We keep moving forward and striving toward excellence every day. We earned this (championship). We did it.”

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The EHT girls track and field team made just one slip up Thursday.

They posed for a picture with the championship trophy and raised just one finger to show they were No. 1.

“Girls,” EHT coach Erika Vazquez said, “put up four fingers for four in a row.”

The Eagles dominated the meet. They outscored second-place Mainland Regional 178-78. EHT won 12 of the 18 events. The Eagles won nine of the 11 races on the track.

“Every single year we get new girls who come out, and they’re so determined,” Vazquez said. “They feed off each other, and the success we’ve had the past few years inspires them.”

Sophomore Julianna Catania was EHT’s only double winner. She defended her title in the 800 and also won the 1,600.

“I was pretty nervous going into (the meet),” Catania said. “I was doing some research and there was good competition this year. The biggest reason I wanted to win was so my team could win.”

For the EHT seniors, it was a special day. They won the meet each of their four seasons.

“The first year it felt really good,” said senior Cassidy Treanor, who won the 400 hurdles, “and it continually feels better and better.”

Does winning ever get old?

“Nah,” Treanor said.

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ATLANTIC COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD

BOYS

TEAM – 1. Oakcrest 138; 2. EHT, 95; 3. St. Augustine Prep 60.66; 4. St. Joe, 50; 5. Cedar Creek, 48

4x800 – 1. EHT (Alex Dessoye, Ryan Fugee, Robert Dessoye, Eric Barnes) 8:11.70; 2. Pleasantville, 8:13.70; 3. Oakcrest, 8:52.20

4x100 – Holy Spirit (Talib Gerald, A.J. Dawson, William Peyton, Rahim Harris) 43.26; 2. EHT, 43.84; 3. Buena, 44.06

100 dash – 1. Rocco Ordille, St. Joe, 10.79; 2. Chris Gabor, St. Joe, 11.15; 3. Maurice Bynum, EHT, 11.16

200 dash – 1. A.J. Dawson, HS, 22.14; 2. Chris Gabor, SJ, 22.47; 3. Rahim Harris, HS, 22.48

400 dash – Alvin Abraham, EHT, 48.93; 2. A.J. Dawson, HS, 49.07; 3. LaDarrell Dixon, OK, 49.38

800 run – 1. Ishmael Muhammad, OK< 1:57.82; 2. Bobby Maguire, Absegami, 2:00.79; 3. Eric Barnes, EHT, 2:00.86

1,600 run -1. Ishmael Muhammad, OK, 4:22.85; 2. Louis Corgliano, HAM, 4:24.28; 3. Vincent Del Conte, EHT, 4:34.61

3,200 run – 1.Louis Corgliano, HAM, 10:09.07; 2. Vincent Del Conte, EHT, 10:13.85; 3. Giovanni Aracena, Pville, 10:15.43

110 hurdles – 1. Austin Francisco, St. Aug, 15.11; 2. Victor Walker, Pville, 15.35; 3. Klaus Danjolli, St. Aug, 15.38

400 hurdles – 1. Ishmael Muhammad, Oakcrest, 55.88; 2. Zayd Smith, Pville, 56.15; 3. Ali-Quan Stokes, OK, 57.15

4x400 – 1. Oakcrest (Luke Coffey, Alex Arrington, LaDarrell Dixon, Ishmael Muhammad) 3:24.64; 2. EHT, 3:26.36; 3. Pleasantville, 3:30.94

Long jump – 1. Miles Melton, Cedar Creek, 22-3; 2. Jordan Ingrum, OK, 21-4.25; 3. Ben Mitchell, SJ, 21-3

High jump – 1. Ben Mitchell, SJ, 6-6; 2. Austin Francisco, St. AUG, 6-2; 3. Ryan Felker, EHT, 6-0

Triple jump – 1. LaDarrell Dixon, OK, 44-7.50; 2. Brandon Younger, OK, 41-8.75; 3. Jordan Ingrum, OK, 41-6.75

Pole vault – 1. Ray Rodriguez, OK< 12-6; 2. Vincent Giardino, OK, 11-6; 3. Logan McHenry, AC, 11-0

Shot put – 1. Michael McGrath, St. Aug, 48-3.50; 2. Eric Morrison, EHT, 47.75; 3. Kelly Grillo, Mainland, 46-11

Javelin – 1. Nick Scelso, St. Augustine, 168-8; 2. Brandon Roberson, OK, 156-10.50; 3. Terrence Smith, OK, 156-9

Discus – 1. Jalil Burrell, Cedar Creek, 140-7; 2. Will Sanz, Absegami, 126-2; 3. Cade Antonucci, St. Aug, 124-8

GIRLS

TEAM – 1. EHT 178; 2. Mainland, 78; 3. Absegami, 76; 4. Hammonton, 59.50; 5. Oakcrest, 56.50.

4x800 – Hammonton (Zoe Conover, Alexis Flynn, Brooke Finnerty, Janie Enscoe Donio) 10:06.45; EHT, 10:23.87; Mainland, 10:38.56

4x100 – EHT (Amber Jenkins, Corrine Davis, Ayanna Garrett, Nabiya Garrett) 49.07; 2. Mainland, 50.27; Pleasantville, 50.63)

100 dash – 1. Amber Jenkins, EHT, 12.66; 2. Amber Klug, Mainland, 12.67; 3. Nabiya Garrett, EHT, 12.69

200 dash – Ayanna Garrett, EHT, 25.91; 2. Amber Jenkins, EHT, 25.92; 3. Jasmine Brooks, AC, 26.56

400 dash – 1. Corrine Davis, EHT, 58.92; 2. Vanessa Spollen, Mainland, 59.54; 3. Asia Young, HS, 1:01.10

800 run – 1. Julianna Catania, EHT, 2:23.98; 2. Kristin Siegle, Buena, 2:25.96; 3. Zoe Conover, Hammonton, 2:28.54

1,600 run – 1. Julianna Catania, EHT, 5:24.75; 2. Kristin Siegle, Buena, 5:26.27; Morgan Shick, EHT, 5:27.70

3,200 run – 1. Morgan Shick, EHT, 12:16.25; 2. Ashley Ranere, Ham, 12:28.89; 3. Emma Bean, Mainland, 12:33.83

4x400 – 1. EHT (Cassidy Treanor, Jasmin Rider, Zahara James, Corrine Davis) 4:08.20; 2. Pleasantville, 4:13.04; 3. Mainland, 4:14.46

100 hurdles – 1. Seiarah Dennis, OK, 15.09; 2. Amber Kluger, Mainland, 15.10; 3. Victoria Henry, Mainland, 15.87

400 hurdles – 1. Cassidy Treanor, EHT, 1:03.79; 2, Jada Jefferson, AC, 1:06.33; Aisha Muhammad, OK, 1:06.43

Long jump – 1. Asia Young, HS, 16-11; 2. Victoria Henry, Mainland, 16-0.75; 3. Seiarah Dennis, OK, 15-11

Triple jump - 1. Kunesha Foster, OK, 33-8; 2. Cassidy Treanor, EHT, 33-1; 3. Emily Leyrer, Buena, 32-9.25

High jump – 1. Rachel Edwards, Absegami, 4-10; 2. Margaret Dods, Mainland, 4-10; 3. Brianna Mays, Cedar Creek, and Danielle Scardino, OK, 4-10

Discus – 1. Barbara Gedeon, Absegami, 122-10; 2. Danielle McNeil, Absegami, 116-6; 3. Megan Mahana, EHT, 109-5

Shot put – 1. Nyla Noble, EHT, 40-11.75; 2. Barbara Gedeon, Absegami, 35-5; 3. Fatimah Blackwell, Cedar Creek, 34-6.75

Javelin – 1. Farris Ellington, HAM, 117-3; 2. Taylor Downey, HAM, 115-10; 3. Taylor Bates, Absegami, 107-10

Pole vault – 1. Courtney Davis, EHT, 9-6; 2. Sarah Polistina, Absegami, 9-0; 3. Hannah Richman, EHT, 9-0

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.