CSU Track & Field Release: Rams’ men place at No. 12 in latest USTFCCCA rankings

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Rams have been ranked in all five USTFCCCA polls this season

NEW ORLEANS – With one more meet to go before the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Colorado State men’s track & field team is ranked at No. 12 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA). The organization announced this week’s NCAA DI Men’s Indoor National Team Rankings on Monday.

This week, the CSU men picked up 66.21 points in the USTFCCCA’s computer rankings. 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, as well as previous career bests recorded by student-athletes prior to the 2016-17 indoor 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.

Colorado State boasts four men’s athletes ranked in the top 10 in their respective events nationally, including two in the top three. Mostafa Hassan is the highest-ranked Ram individually, placing at No. 2 in the nation and No. 2 in Mountain West history in the shot put. Hassan recorded a program-record mark of 66-8.5 at the Don Kirby Invitational this past week.

Multi-event athlete Hunter Price joins Hassan with a top-three ranking, placing at No. 3 nationally in the heptathlon. At the CSM Alumni Classic & Multi, Price tallied a heptathlon score of 5,906 (5,945 when adjusted for track size) to break the Mountain West record previously held by former Boise State athlete and Olympian Kurt Felix.

Sophomore Cole Rockhold ranks at No. 5 in the mile after clocking an altitude-adjusted time of 3:57.19 (4:03.12 raw time) at the CU Open on Feb. 3. Rockhold became one of two athletes in program history (Bryan Berryhill) to register a sub-four-minute mile (before adjustments) on Saturday, as he ran the mile in 3:59.55 at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

Jerrell Mock rounds out CSU men ranked in the top 10 nationally, as his program-record 5,000-meter time of 13:44.65 at the Husky Classic on Friday ranks ninth in the country. Additionally, Mock’s time ranks fourth in Mountain West history.

Grant Fischer joins Mock in the top 16 in the 5,000-meter run, as his time of 13:46.58 on Friday ranks 13th in the nation. Fischer’s time is second in program history only to Mock’s time in that same race. Jefferson Abbey rounds out the top CSU performers with a No. 17 rank in the nation and time of 7:56.48 in the 3,000 meters. His time of 7:56.48 at the Husky Classic is second in program history only to his own program record of 7:51.38 last indoor season.

The Colorado State track & field team is back in competition this weekend at the Joe Davies Classic in Golden, Colo. The meet is slated to be held on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18.

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