Rams Shot Putter Hassan Earns All-America Honors
Senior Mostafa Hassan earned First-Team All-America honors in the shot put, while senior Grant Fischer took Second-Team All-America distinction in the 10,000 meters as the Colorado State track & field team opened competition at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field.
Senior Grant Fischer took Second-Team All-America distinction in the 10,000 meters as the Colorado State track & field team opened competition at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field.
Hassan placed third overall in the shot put with a mark of 67-0.75 (20.44m). The Cairo, Egypt native registered that mark on his second attempt of the competition, and led the field on Wednesday until the fifth of six rounds. The senior unloaded an aggressive throw on his sixth and final attempt, but was unable to stay in the ring and improve upon his third-place position. With his finish, Hassan earns the sixth First-Team All-America honor of his career.
To reach the NCAA Championships, Hassan had to journey back from an injury in time for the Mountain West Championships. The two-time NCAA indoor champion won the conference title with a throw of 61-5 (18.72m), ensuring his qualification for the NCAA West Preliminary. He then improved upon that mark by over three feet (64-6.5/19.76m) on his third and final attempt of the regional meet to clinch his spot at nationals. His best throw on Wednesday was over a two-and-a-half-foot further improvement upon that, and was less than a foot shy of the winning mark (67-7.5/20.61m by Georgia's Denzel Comenentia).
"In all my years of coaching, I don't know if I've had an athlete as composed and disciplined as he is, and I've had some great ones that I don't want to discount," said Rams coach Brian Bedard. "Mostafa's a special person. He's a dominant performer, but more than that, he represents everything that you look for in a student-athlete. He's serious about his academics, respected his teammates and bought into what we're trying to do at CSU. He was a leader, and the ultimate student-athlete for us."
On the track, Fischer finished 11th of the 24-runner 10,000 meters field with a time of 29:20.73. Once the pack began to string out, the senior ran the majority of the race in that position, climbing as high as within the top eight around the midpoint of the race.
The Fort Collins, Colo., native earns his fourth career All-America honor overall, including distinction in the 10,000 meters for the second consecutive season. Fischer also earned All-America recognition twice in the indoor 5,000 meters.