Khalfani Muhammad has had a tremendous year. How great? Good enough to become the first repeat winner of the Cal-Hi Athlete of the Year Award since 1904.
Since Cal-Hi Sports began the athlete of the year honors in the mid-1980s, we've never had a boys' repeater. The all-time list as researched by our founder, the lateNelson Tennis, doesn't have a repeater since Ralph Rose of Healdsburg for 1903-04. Nelson had the luxury of trying to fit as many prominent names onto that list as possible, which is why there are so few, but it does show the difficulty of putting together back-to-back seasons in two sports like Muhammad has done.
Muhammad capped his 2012-13 school year on June 1 at Veterans Stadium in Clovis by becoming just the third sprinter in state history to win back-to-back CIF state championships in the 100 and 200 meters.
Running a 10.33 to win the 100 and a 20.86 to win the 200, Muhammad also ran a leg on Notre Dame's 4 x 100 relay team that finished third after winning it all last season. Before the state finals, Khalfani broke his own school record in the 100 with a 10.22 clocking at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet. That time also broke a CIFSS record previously set in 1984 by Henry Thomas of Hawthorne at 10.25.
Winning the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year seems like the next step, right?
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- Uncle Ted continues his preseason position reviews: Cal's running backs are in good shape and the Bears' receivers are in good shape (although Ted concedes the group could be in "great shape" with consistent QB play).
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