Rams’ men rise to No. 13 in USTFCCCA week seven rankings

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Colorado State men's track & field team moved up two spots to No. 13 in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Team Rankings. The organization released its week seven rankings on Monday.

Colorado State’s men are ranked by the USTFCCCA for the seventh consecutive week after first appearing in the 2017 outdoor season's rankings at No. 21 in week one. The Rams were ranked as high as No. 11 in week five, their best outdoor ranking from the USTFCCCA in program history. Notably, the Rams also reached a No. 8 during the 2016-17 indoor season, marking their best indoor ranking in program history.

The CSU men receive 127.72 points in the USTFCCCA's week seven computer rankings, up from 122.02 points last week. CSU is the highest ranked team outside of the "Power Five" conferences on either of the women's or men’s sides (No. 17 Houston men), and is the only Mountain West team to be ranked in the top 25 in the men’s rankings. CSU moved past Baylor, Ole Miss and USC this week.

This week marks the final week that the USTFCCCA calculates its computer rankings using all current season data. The week eight and week nine rankings will be calculated using data from NCAA Preliminaries entries and NCAA Championships entries, respectively. Student-athletes garner greater amounts of points toward a team's total on the basis of higher rankings in their respective events and by how their marks and times stack up this season and historically.

2017 NCAA indoor shot put champion and now four-time Mountain West shot put champion Mostafa Hassan contributes the largest points total to CSU’s team total with his season-best mark of 69-11 (21.31m). Hassan continues to lead the NCAA by over two and a half feet, and ranks fifth in the world this outdoor season. This past weekend, Hassan won the MW outdoor shot put title with a MW Outdoor Championships-record mark of 66-4.5 (20.23m).

Four Rams from the team’s distance unit contribute to the team points total, including MW 5,000 meters champion Jefferson Abbey and MW 10,000 meters champion and meet record holder Jerrell Mock. Abbey ranks fourth in the nation in the 5,000 meters, while Mock is ranked fourth nationally in the 10,000 meters. Each of Abbey (13:37.23) and Mock (28:11.80) ran their respective program-record times at the Stanford Invitational in March.

Grant Fischer, who placed second in the 10,000 meters at the MW Outdoor Championships, joins Mock in the national mix in the 10,000 meters. Fischer also ran his best time at the Stanford Invitational (28:45.83) and ranks 11th in the NCAA. Cole Rockhold, who placed fourth in each of the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters at the MW Outdoor Championships, ran the nation’s eighth-ranked 1,500 time (3:41.04) at the Bryan Clay Invite.

Two CSU decathletes round out the Rams’ team points contributors in this week’s rankings. CSU record holder and the Mountain West’s No. 2 all-time performer, Hunter Price, ranks ninth in the nation with his score of 7,801 from the Mt. SAC/California Combined Events. Josh Cogdill, the first three-time MW decathlon champion in conference history, scored 7,508 points at the conference meet to join Price in the national top-20. CSU is one of only five schools in the nation (Arkansas, Georgia, Oregon and Texas) with two decathletes ranked in the top 20 nationally.

The Colorado State track & field team is off from competition this week before returning to action next week at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas. Qualifying athletes will compete at the NCAA West Preliminary from Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, May 27.