City View Senior, Abbas Muhammad is leading the way for the Mustangs track team as they continue to build off of last year’s historic success. Muhammad took home four medals, breaking four school records at the area meet. Headlining his medals, a gold in the triple jump: 44-11 ½…the longest jump of all 16 qualifiers heading to regionals. But he isn’t satisfied…
“I feel like I could have done better, so I’m just putting in work this week and see how it goes!”
Head coach Doug Hill says Muhammad has been a leader on this team through leading by example, “He’s the Mama Bear he goes around like pick up after yourself, do this, kind of gets them together and makes sure they do their work. Good thing with this group, on the relay I only have one junior, so coming back from last year, the experience, they pick up and they know what to do, so it makes it a little bit easier out there for them.”
Muhammad isn’t the only Mustang seeing success this year. Both of the relay teams came in first place at the area meet…also setting new school records. Which…honestly…surprised them!
“We kind of came in not really too high on any of the relays, we were pretty I think four by one we were supposed to be in second, and also the four by two, and then came in and got first in both, so that was pretty good I thought,” says Muhammad.
But it isn’t the record breaking the mustangs are most proud of. They aren’t taking a second of the hard work that went into this for granted.
“From day one, we all wanted to become state qualifiers, but we knew we had to put in the work and just try to out-do everybody for our school so our school can get recognized!” says junior, Trey Smith.
Trey’s brother, Tyrese says, “I’m most proud of how we put in the work. We run hard every day. We make sure we make all our times, all our runs are timed and we make sure we keep our coach happy and keep motivated, and drive through the pain.”
“They know what they have to do in practice, they get out there and try to break em, they want their name up there, so it stays up there for a while, on the board. We have a record board in the cafeteria,” adds Hill.