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Ishmael Muhammad
Ishmael  Muhammad

Hometown:
Mays Landing, N.J.

High School:
Oakcrest

Event:
Sprints

Birthdate:
03/08/1996

Experience:
Sr./Sr.

02/25/2018

Men's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (Day 2)

Villanova won its seventh indoor BIG EAST title in Staten Island, N.Y. on February 24, 2018.

02/23/2018

Men's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (Day 1)

Villanova competed on the first day of the BIG EAST Championships at Ocean Breeze on February 23, 2018.

04/29/2017

Men's Track Penn Relays

Villanova competed in the Championship of America DMR and several other events at the Penn Relays on April 28, 2017.

02/27/2017

Men's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/25/17)

Villanova wrapped up competition at the BIG EAST Championships on February 25, 2017.

02/24/2017

Men's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/24/17)

The men's track & field team opened competition at the BIG EAST Championships on February 24, 2017.

On Muhammad: Five-time BIG EAST champion in the relays and a 10-time All-BIG EAST performer during his career ... Top individual events are the 400 meters and the 800 meters ... Comes off a strong year of competition and is one of the Wildcats top returners for 2017-18 ... Ranked third in school history in the 600 meters (1:18.34) ... Experienced runner who should make an impact during the coming season.

2017-18 Indoor: Anchored the 4x800 meter relay to a BIG EAST title and a winning time of 7:32.76 at the conference championships ... His split of 1:49.56 on the final leg of the relay was a personal best ... Also finished fourth individually in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST meet ... Led the field of competitors with a time of 1:51.24 in the preliminaries, then lowered his time to a season-best mark of 1:50.89 in the final ... Finished sixth in the 1000 meters at the Nittany Lion Challenge with a personal best time of 2:27.88 ... Was the runner-up in the 1000 meters at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational with a time of 2:28.30 ... Placed fourth in the 800 meters at the Villanova Invitational in 1:51.70 and finished 15th in the seeded section at the Columbia Challenge with a time of 1:51.73 ... Ran the 400 meters at the FastTrack National Invite and recorded a time of 50.46.

2017 Outdoor: Helped the Wildcats win the BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the third leg of the relay with a split of 1:55.56 and Villanova posted a winning time of 7:37.94 ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in both the 4x800 relay and the 800 meters ... Finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.83 in the final ... Had earlier been second in the preliminary heats when he crossed the finish line in 1:52.22 ... Tallied his top time of the season in the 800 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he placed 23rd in the elite section of the event with a time of 1:50.95 ... Finished seventh in the 800 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational (1:52.01) and was third at the Jim Kehoe Invitational (1:51.34) ... Ran in the Villanova lineup for both the 4x800 relay and the 4x400 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 relay with a split of 1:50.90 and the team finished fifth with a time of 7:21.18 ... Competed on the second leg of the 4x400 relay which finished with a time of 3:18.88 during the preliminary heats ... Opened the outdoor season by running the 400 meter leg of the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays, where Villanova recorded a time of 10:21.67 in the DMR.

2017 Indoor: Anchored the Wildcats to a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the final leg of the relay at the BIG EAST Championships, with Villanova producing a winning time of 7:32.73 ... Also finished ninth at the conference meet in the preliminary heats of the 800 meters (1:54.41) ... Was the runner-up in the 800 meters at the Villanova Invitational with a time of 1:50.80 ... Also led off the 4x400 meter relay at the Villanova home meet and helped his relay squad post a first place finish with a time of 3:15.83.

2016 Outdoor: Part of the Wildcats conference champion 4x400 meter relay squad ... Ran the second leg of the relay at the BIG EAST Championships, where Villanova finished with a winning time of 3:15.14 ... Scored individually with a seventh place finish in the 800 meters at the conference meet ... Posted a time of 1:53.34 in the final after ranking eighth overall in the preliminary heats with a time of 1:51.60 ... Ran the 400 meter leg of the sprint medley relay at the Penn Relays ... Helped the Wildcats finish third in the Championship of America race with a time of 3:24.31 ... Came in 21st in the elite section of the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.02 at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Led off the 4x400 meter relay at the Hurricane Alumni Invitional and helped Villanova finish second in the relay with a time of 3:13.31.

2016 Indoor: Was a key part of the Wildcats run to a third straight indoor BIG EAST title ... Ran the second leg of the conference champion 4x800 meter relay and also garnered All-BIG EAST honors individually in the 500 meters ... The 4x800 relay squad posted a winning time of 7:28.96 ... Finished third in the final of the 500 meters with a personal best time of 1:03.31 ... Entered the final ranked second overall after posting a time of 1:04.10 in the preliminary heats ... Ran the 1000 meters for the first time in his career at the Great Dane Classic, where he finished 10th with a time of 2:30.73 in his first race of the season ... Competed in both the 800 meters and as part of the team's lineup in the 4x400 meter relay at the Penn State National ... Ran the second leg of the relay and Villanova finished in second place with a time of 3:14.01 ... Placed 14th in the invitational section of the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.17 ... Registered a time of 1:51.88 in the 800 meters at the FastTrack National Invite to finish in 14th place in the invitational section of the event.

2015 Outdoor:
Tallied an All-BIG EAST performance in the 400 meters and established new personal best times during both the preliminary heats and the final at the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished third in the final with a time of 48.14 after ranking second overall during the preliminaries with a time of 48.26 ... His only 400 meters race of the season prior to the conference meet came at the Colonial Relays, where he finished 16th with a time of 49.48 ... Also ran the 400 meters leg of the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays and helped his relay team tally a first place finish with a time of 9:58.05 ... Ran the same leg of the DMR at the Penn Relays, where the Wildcats finished second in a close race with a time of 9:34.36 ... Anchored the 4x400 meter relay squad to a first place finish with a time of 3:14.95 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Ran the 800 meters four times during the season ... His fastest time was 1:49.56 in a runner-up finish at the Princeton Open ... Finished third at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational in 1:50.84 ... Posted a time of 1:50.98 and finished fourth in the Rich Kenah 800 Meters at the New Jersey International Invitational ... Came in 31st in the elite section at the Larry Ellis Invitational (1:52.12).

2015 Indoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors in both the 500 meters and the 4x400 meter relay ... Tallied a runner-up finish in the 500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and produced a time of 1:03.91 in the final ... Qualified for the final by finishing second in his heat and fourth overall during the preliminaries, when he had a time of 1:05.41 ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay and produced a split of 50.01 to help Villanova finish in third place in the relay with a time of 3:19.73 ... Made his collegiate debut at the Metro Team Challenge and won the Invitational section of the 600 meters with a time of 1:18.34 ... Also ran twice in the 800 meters during the season, with the better of his times coming at the Penn State National ... Finished fifth at that meet and crossed the finish line in 1:50.82 ... Tallied a first place finish at the Keogh Invitational with a time of 1:52.65.

USA Track & Field: Competed at the 2015 USATF Junior National Championships and came in third in the 800 meters with a personal best time of 1:48.31.

Oakcrest High School: Earned first team all-state and first team All-South Jersey honors in the 800 meters ... Named first team All-Cape Atlantic League in both the 800 meters and the 4x400 meter relay ... Selected as the South Jersey Track Coaches Association Performer of the Year ... As a senior was named the Track Athlete of the Year by the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Courier Post and the Press of Atlantic City ... Was a three-time Varsity Scholar academically.

Personal: Born 3/8/96 ... One of four children of Bryan and Sharon Cross ... Siblings are Shamyra (28), Myron (26) and Aisha (20) ... Majoring in Psychology.

PERSONAL BESTS

400 Meters (Relay)             47.1                 High School
400 Meters (Open)              48.14                2015 BIG EAST Championships
400 Meter Hurdles              54.92                High School
500 Meters 1:03.31 2016 BIG EAST Championships
600 Meters 1:18.34 2015 Metro Team Challenge 800 Meters (Open, Non-VU) 1:48.31 2015 USATF Junior National Championships
800 Meters (Open, VU) 1:49.56 2015 Princeton Open
800 Meters (Relay) 1:49.56 2018 BIG EAST Championships 1000 Meters 2:27.88 2018 Nittany Lion Challenge
Triple Jump 13.90 Meters High School

CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)

BIG EAST Champion                                   2016, 2017, 2018 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2015, 2016 (500 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2015 (4x400 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2016, 2017, 2018 (4x800 Meter Relay

CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)

BIG EAST Champion                                   2016 (4x400 Meter Relay)
BIG EAST Champion 2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2015 (400 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2017 (800 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (4x400 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)

BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES

4x400 Meter Relay              1st                  2016 Outdoor
4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2016 Indoor, 2017 Indoor, 2018 Indoor
4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2017 Outdoor
500 Meters 2nd 2015 Indoor
400 Meters 3rd 2015 Outdoor
500 Meters 3rd 2016 Indoor
800 Meters 3rd 2017 Outdoor
4x400 Meter Relay 3rd 2015 Indoor
800 Meters 4th 2018 Indoor
800 Meters 7th 2016 Outdoor

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