CSU ranked No. 15 in week one track & field rankings

Mamadou Balde

Coming off a weekend where multiple athletes set personal bests and registered times on the top-20 all-time lists, the Colorado State men’s track & field team was ranked No. 15 in latest national rankings.

The ranking comes from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA). The system used to set rankings bases them off historical data for individual athletes. In this week’s ranking, the Rams earned 116.92 points.

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The Rams were also ranked No. 15 in the preseason rankings from the association. With their ranking this week, the Rams have now been ranked in the top 25 for 11 consecutive weeks. They are the only team in the Mountain West to be ranked in the top 25.

Jerrell Mock finished first in the Men's 8k at the Roy Griak Invitational (Photo courtesy CSU Athletics)
Jerrell Mock finished first in the Men’s 8k at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 23. A fifth-year senior, Mock is a leader on the cross country and track & field teams. (Photo courtesy CSU Athletics)

The Rams’ ranking comes from the contributions of the distance crew, led by Jerrell Mock, Cole Rockhold and Grant Fischer, who all had stellar starts to the outdoor season. At the Stanford Invitational, Mock and Fischer both ran the 10,000 meters in under 29 minutes. They are the only athletes in program history to run a sub-29 minute 10,000 meters and both have now done so twice. Rockhold set a personal best in the 5,000 meters with his time of 13:40.29, eclipsing his previous record by just over 12 seconds. Rockhold’s time currently ranks second on CSU’s all-time list and the Independence, Missouri native ranks third in the nation in the event.

Mostafa Hassan also continues to contribute a large portion of points to the Rams’ ranking despite not having yet competed in the 2018 outdoor season. A two-time NCAA champion, Hassan’s contributions come from his nation-best shot put mark of 21.31 meters, set prior to the start of the season. The Cairo, Egypt native placed second at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Up next, the Rams will compete at the Colorado Invite, hosted by the University of Colorado, on April 7-8 in Boulder, Colorado.

Collegian sports reporter Mamadou Balde can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @mamadoubalde62.