CSU track & field adds nation’s leader in distance event

Mamadou Balde

The Colorado State track & field team expanded their already loaded distance squad by adding the nation’s leader in the 3,200 meters, Michael Mooney. Mooney is a native of Broomfield, Colorado and his 8:50.96 in the event is currently the best in the nation according to Colorado Mile Split. For comparison the second best time in the nation sits at 9:10.85.

Mooney’s 3,200 time is a personal best and a 30-second improvement from his previous time of 9:20.00. Mooney is a dual-sport athlete in track and soccer at Broomfield High School. He will join the Rams for the 2018 season in the fall.

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In this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings, the Rams are ranked No. 15 in the nation for the second consecutive week. With this ranking, the team has been ranked in the top 25 for 12 consecutive weeks and are once again the only team in the Mountain West in the top 25. This week the Rams earned 111 points towards the rankings which comes after the team’s performance at the Colorado Invitational hosted by the University of Colorado.

The Rams’ next meet is scheduled for April 15. The team will compete at the NOCO Challenge which will be co-hosted by CSU and the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, Colorado.

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