NEW ORLEANS The Colorado State men's track & field and cross country teams received recognition for consistent excellence throughout 2017-18, as the Rams were ranked ninth on Tuesday in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Program of the Year Final Standings.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings recognizes programs that have been successful across each of the sports of cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field in a single academic year. In order to be eligible for a potential ranking in the standings, programs must have qualified for the NCAA Championships in all three of those seasons. Each program's ranking is then determined based upon where it finished in each of those seasons.
The team highlight for the year across those sports was the performance of the men's cross country team at the NCAA Championships. Colorado State finished ninth at nationals, marking its highest finish in that sport since 1978 and the team's third top-10 finish in program history. Additionally, it marked the 10th top-10 finish and the fifth-highest finish by any team in the history of CSU Athletics.
In track & field, Colorado State's men placed 16th with 13 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the program's second-highest indoor finish in program history (12th in 2017). Pacing the Rams was Mostafa Hassan, who scored 10 points toward the team total after winning his second career NCAA title in the indoor shot put.
Also contributing to that indoor points total was Cole Rockhold, who doubled up on All-America honors with a sixth-place finish and three points in the mile as well as a ninth-place finish in the 3,000 meters. Rockhold, who also paced the Rams with an All-America performance in cross country, was the nation's only male athlete to attempt the mile/3,000 meters double.
That duo also earned All-America distinction at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as Hassan placed third in the shot put at the meet and Rockhold collected his fourth All-America accolade of the academic year with an 11th-place finish in the 5,000 meters. Grant Fischer also picked up a pair of All-America honors in track & field in 2018, earning Second-Team All-America honors in the indoor 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters.