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Notre Dame sprinter a double-triple threat

May, 2, 2012

SHERMAN OAKS -- It would be enough if Sherman Oaks Notre Dame sprinter Khalfani Muhammad won the CIF state title in the 100 meters.

But he wants more.

He wants to break the school record in the 100. He wants a state title in the 200. He wants to win the state championship on Notre Dame’s 400 relay team.

For good measure, he wants to go to a college that will let him play football and run track.

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Tim Haddock/For ESPNLA.comSherman Oaks Notre Dame's Khalfani Muhammad has hopes of winning three state track titles.
The Notre Dame junior who is also the running back on the football team has offers from eight schools to play football. His most recent offer came from Cal last week. He also has offers from UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Utah in the Pac-12. Arkansas has expressed interest, as have Cincinnati and Duke.

But Muhammad says he wants to be patient, take his time before making a decision about which school to attend. It’s quite a funny approach for one of the fastest runners in California.

“I want to go to a school that will allow me to do both, track and football,” Muhammad said. “I plan on doing both for a long time.”

He has the philosophy of a marathon runner when it comes to his future. But for the next five weeks, Muhammad is focused on running 100 meters in less than 10.32 seconds. By the end of the track season, Muhammad could have three CIF state titles, two school records and any number of college offers to run track and play football.

“Khalfani is into track. He loves running track,” Notre Dame track coach Joe McNab said. “He works hard at it. He’s a student of track, so he knows who his competition is. It’s very important to him. It’s his main thing that he likes and he does a great job of it.”

Rodney Glass, a wide receiver at Arizona State, holds the Notre Dame school record in the 100 at 10.32 seconds set in 2006. Muhammad is on pace to break the record if he continues to shave fractions of seconds off his time the way he did last year.

“He’s close. At this time last year, his best time was 10.7 something,” said McNab. “He ended running a 10.55 at the CIF finals. He’s two-tenths ahead. If he drops another two-tenths, he’ll be right in that ballpark.”

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