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Mohamed Aziz: Track Team Captain Builds on Solid Foundation for Future

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The latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week is a two-time city track champion who makes the most of his competitive spirit. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

It's hard to keep up with Mohamed Aziz.

"He's broken just about every school record on cross country courses and then any of the middle distance and distance races. So he's pretty phenomenal," says boys track team coach Scott Crabbe.

"When you cross that finish line, it goes instantly, like oh my God, I feel like running another lap or two," says Mohamed.

Aziz's speed has won him top places in city, state, and regional competitions. Just this year, the Ralph McKee High School senior clinched the PSAL championships in both cross country and indoor track. His coach says these victories were earned through hours of training.

"His hard work and dedication has brought him from middle of the crowd or just ahead of them to blowing everybody away," says Coach Crabbe.

"I just keep telling myself just to keep running, just to keep running, and every time I finish a lap, there's one more lap to go. And then the last lap, you just give it all you got," says Mohamed.

Now captain of the track team, Aziz says he draws inspiration from his predecessors in the role.

"They were always what I always looked up to as idols because they were always a lot better than me, so I always pushed myself to the limit to achieve their goals," says Mohamed.

And Aziz shows no sign of slowing down. He plans to continue competing in college next year, along with pursuing his other passion, architecture. Teachers say he's already laying the foundation for a successful career in the field.

"He's always been one of my better students, one of my more well-behaved students, one of my more talented students. He's a pleasure to have in class. He helps the other students, and he knows how to have fun and still behave himself at the same time," says architectural drafting teacher Bruce Pane.

While Aziz is still undecided where he will be studying in the fall, those who know him have high hopes for his future.

"The times he's running now are going to be nothing compared to what he runs in college, so I'm expecting some great things," says Coach Crabbe.

"I think we're looking at an Olympic champion here," says Mr. Pane.

So, for always pushing himself to improve, Mohamed Aziz is the latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP