COLLEGE – 2014: Moussa had an outstanding season and didn’t finish outside of the top 10 in any of his five varsity races. He started the season with a third place finish at the Rocky Mountain Shootout and followed it up with an eighth place finish at pre-nationals. Moussa earned Pac-12 First Team honors with a sixth place finish at the Pac-12 Championships where the Buffs won their fourth straight team title. The Buffs went on to win the NCAA Mountain Region Championship, and Moussa came away with a ninth place finish. He led the Buffs at NCAAs, crossing the finish fifth overall for his first All-America honor, while CU won its second straight NCAA title.
2013: Moussa raced in the final four varsity meets of the season, starting with NCAA Pre-Nationals where he placed 54th overall as CU’s No. 6 runner. Moussa turned it up a gear at the Pac-12 Championships, coming in ninth overall (CU’s No. 5), helping the Buffs to their third straight Pac-12 team title while picking up All-Pac-12 Second Team honors. He was 27th at regionals and placed 95th at the NCAA Championships, rounding out CU’s top five as the Buffs captured the NCAA team title.
2012: Redshirt. Did not compete.
2011: Moussa had a breakout freshman year to earn a spot on the varsity roster. He raced unattached at the Rocky Mountain Shootout and finished sixth overall. Moussa’s first meet in a black and gold jersey was pre-nationals where he placed 19th overall and was CU’s No. 3 finisher. Moussa helped the Buffs win the inaugural Pac-12 team championship by placing 15th, and went on to take 17th at the regional meet, earning his first all-region honor. Moussa ended the season with an 88th-place finish at the national championship which helped CU take third overall. He was named a finalist for the 2011-12 CU Male Freshman Athlete of the Year award.
HIGH SCHOOL: Moussa is a two-time California State cross country champion, winning the title as a junior and senior. Both years he was named the Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year. Moussa was sixth at the 2011 USA Junior Cross Country Championship and went on to place 32nd at the IAAF World Championships. He placed fourth at the Nike Cross Nationals in 2009 and 2010 while helping his team to the title in 2010. On the track he owns school records in every event from 800-meters to 5,000-meters. Moussa capped off his senior year by winning the two-mile run at the New Balance Outdoor Championship, running a personal-record of 8:51.80. He also won the 3k title at the meet in 8:16.03.
HIGH SCHOOL BESTS: 800-meters: 1:53.21; 1,600-meters: 4:10.27; 3,200-meters: 8:49.59; 5,000-meters: 14:05.79.
IN THE CLASSROOM: Moussa is majoring in international affairs.
PERSONAL: Ammar Moussa was born on December 1, 1993 in Encino, Calif. He is the son of Ameer Moussa and Malika Bouchama of Arcadia, Calif. He has one younger brother, Mahmoud. Moussa also enjoys soccer and basketball. He is fluent in Arabic and English and also knows some Spanish.