After finishing one of the most successful seasons in program history, Colorado State track & field led the nation with four athletes earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Senior Jefferson Abbey, junior Mostafa Hassan, senior Alex Hess and junior Jerrell Mock each were named to one of the three All-America teams, as announced by CoSIDA on Fri. June, 23.
On the men’s side, Mock was voted to the first team, while Abbey and Hassan each earned second-team accolades. For the women’s side, Hess was the lone Ram represented, earning Third-Team Academic All-America honors.
Other than CSU, 15 other programs in the nation had multiple Academic All-America honorees, and only three other programs had more than two. CSU’s three Academic All-America honorees on the men’s side also ranks No. 1 in the nation, with only three other programs having more than two.
In order to be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must first be voted CoSIDA Academic All-District with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and with legitimate credentials in athletics.
Once student-athletes are selected from each district through a vote of that district’s sports information directors, another vote is conducted to determine the year’s Academic All-America honors. The Academic All-America Committee, CoSIDA Board of Directors and CoSIDA staff comprise the group of votes for Academic All-America honors.
Abbey, Hassan, Hess and Mock are the first CSU athletes in any sport to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America honors since Dana Cranston (volleyball) in 2012. The four are the first CSU track & field/cross country athletes to be named Academic All-America since 2008 (Alex Godell and April Thomas).
Mock, a biological science major from Logan, Utah, with a 3.8 GPA adds First-Team Academic All-America honors to a long list of career accolades, including multiple All-America honors in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races.
At the Stanford Invitational (March 31), Mock ran the 10,000 meters in 28:11.80, shattering a 30-year-old program record by almost 60 seconds. Mock also broke CSU’s 5,000 meters record during the indoor season and took first place overall at Mountain West cross-country championships in October.
Along with being the 2017 indoor NCAA champion and outdoor national runner-up in the shot put, Hassan closed out his junior year with a 3.37 GPA in mechanical engineering.
The four-time First-Team All-American finished 2016-17 as the world’s fourth-ranked indoor shot putter, and the world’s No. 9-ranked shot putter for the outdoor season. The native of Cairo, Egypt owns CSU and Mountain West records in the indoor (69-10.75/21.30m) and outdoor (69-11/21.31m) shot put, all set during the 2016-17 seasons.
Abbey’s collegiate career ends with Academic All-America honors after graduating with a 3.67 GPA in history. The senior finished his career as a two-time All-American and a 10-time All-Mountain West performer.
This season, Abbey won the individual Mountain West title in the outdoor 5,000 meters, and recorded a 5,000 time of 13:37.23 at the Stanford Invitational (March 31) to break a 17-year-old CSU record. The Fort Collins, Colo., native also owns the CSU record in the 3,000 meters (7:51.38), and ranks fourth in program history in the 1,500 meters (3:42.95).
Hess was voted one of the nation’s top scholar-athletes after earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in CSU’s doctor of veterinary medicine program. Hess, who also maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in her undergraduate studies, placed fourth in the 10,000 meters at the 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Championships.
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