CSU Track & Field: Rams’ men move up to No. 11 in USTFCCCA rankings

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Rams ranked for sixth consecutive weekly USTFCCCA national poll

NEW ORLEANS – The Colorado State men’s track & field team will enter this week’s Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships nationally ranked at No. 11 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA). The organization announced its weekly NCAA DI Men’s Indoor National Team Rankings on Monday.

CSU’s men’s team earns 66.01 points in the USTFCCCA’s computer rankings this week. The weekly national rankings are calculated by the USTFCCCA on a weekly basis using a formula that accounts for the top marks recorded this season. Student-athletes garner greater amounts of points toward a team’s total with higher rankings in their respective events.

Colorado State is the only Mountain West team to be nationally ranked by the USTFCCCA on either the men’s or women’s side. This season, the USTFCCCA has ranked the Rams as high as at No. 9 nationally. CSU is just .57 points behind No. 10 Indiana (66.58 points), and has a 4.75-point edge over No. 12 Tennessee (61.26 points).

Each of Mostafa Hassan (No. 2 – shot put), Jerrell Mock (No. 9 – 5,000-meter run), Hunter Price (No. 3 – heptathlon) and Cole Rockhold (No. 5 – mile) remain ranked in the top 10 nationally in their respective events.

Also factored into the Rams’ 66.01 points this week are times and marks by Jefferson Abbey (No. 17 – 3,000-meter run), Grant Fischer (No. 13 – 5,000-meter run) and Nick Kravec (No. 22 – heptathlon). In addition to the 5,000m, Mock also contributes to the team’s points total with his No. 31 national ranking in the 3,000m.

The Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships begins on Thursday, Feb. 23 and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 25. The three-day meet is slated to be held from the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

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