Mostafa Hassan Liberal arts student takes 3rd in shotput at NCAA championshipsImage of

Liberal arts student takes 3rd in shotput at NCAA championships

By Kelly Lyell, as appearing in the Coloradoan

Hassan at the NCAA Championships. Photo by Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports.

Hassan at the NCAA Championships. Photo by Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports.

CSU Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts student Mostafa Hassan broke his own school record and finished third in the men’s shot put Wednesday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.

Hassan, a sophomore from Egypt, had a throw of 66 feet, 3 inches on the last of his six attempts to move up from fourth place to third. Hassan had been the leader after the first round of throws in the second of two flights, with a throw of 65-7 ½, but slipped to fourth place entering the final round at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Virginia junior Filip Mihaljevic was the winner at 67-11 ½, and Purdue senior Chukwuebuka Enekwechi was second at 66-10.

Mostafa practices at CSU. Photo courtesy of the Coloradoan.

Mostafa practices at CSU. Photo courtesy of the Coloradoan.

Hassan, who broke Colorado State University’s record three times this season, earned All-American status with his finish but fell short of the Olympic-qualifying standard of 67-3 that would have secured him a spot in this summer’s Rio Olympics. Hassan’s lifetime best is 67-1 ½, a mark he hit at an indoor meet in December while competing unattached at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. His previous school record was 66-0 ½, set May 28 in the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA championships.

Hassan can still compete for Egypt in the Rio Olympics by either reaching the qualifying standard or winning the African championships later this month. The African champion automatically qualifies for the Olympics, regardless of the winning mark.

Former Fort Collins High School standout Ray Bozmans advanced with his TCU teammates to the final of the men’s 400-meter relay Friday by turning in the sixth-fastest time in Wednesday’s preliminaries. The top two teams in each of the two preliminary heats and the next four fastest times, regardless of heat, advanced to the eight-team final.

CSU senior Jessica Green also earned a spot in the national championships as an alternate when some of the athletes who had qualified ahead of her in the women’s heptathlon withdrew with injuries. Green will compete in the first four events of the heptathlon Friday and the final three events Saturday.

Read more about Hassan here.