Rams Distance Runner Rockhold Claims AA Honors in 5,000 Meters
EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Cole Rockhold capped the Colorado State track & field team's outdoor season with Second-Team All-America honors in the 5,000 meters on Friday at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Hayward Field.
Rockhold finished 11th of the 24-athlete 5,000 meters field, clocking a time of 14:00.96. The junior ran around the middle of the pack for the duration of the race, but used his mile speed to kick his way past much of the field over the final lap.
With his Second-Team All-America recognition, Colorado State finishes with four outdoor All-Americans in 2018, tying for the eighth-most in a single outdoor season in program history. Mostafa Hassan (men's shot put) earned First-Team All-America distinction on Wednesday. Kelcey Bedard (women's hammer) and Grant Fischer (men's 10,000 meters) were Second-Team All-Americans.
Rockhold now had received All-America honors of various distinctions six times in his career. Among other accomplishments this outdoor season for the Independence, Mo., native were a Mountain West title in the 5,000 meters and the conference meet record in the same event.
"Cole has had a great year," said distance coach Art Siemers. "I think he might have been a bit disappointed - he was sixth indoor in the mile and sixth in the 3k, so he wanted to get on the podium today. He never gave up, and that's what I told him I was most proud of. He kicked as hard as he could down the last 100 meters even though he wasn't in the position he wanted to be in. That's what we have to have if we're going to get to the next level as a distance program – a 'no-quit' attitude. He showed that today. With this year under his belt, it's good to know that we have Cole back next year. He's a great leader for our team and he's definitely hungry after today."
The only distance runner in program history with more All-America honors than Rockhold is Bryan Berryhill, who finished his Colorado State career with 10. - Rockhold is recognized as an All-American for the fourth time in 2017-18. He also picked up the same honor in cross country, the mile and the 3,000 meters.