Woman sexually assaulted while walking Jack Christiansen Track at Colorado State University

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A woman walking on the track at Colorado State University Thursday night said she was grabbed by an armed man in a mask and sexually assaulted.

The woman told police she was walking the Jack Christiansen Memorial Track, near College Avenue and Pitkin Street, around 10 p.m. when a man attacked her from behind.

The woman said the man was wearing a black ski mask and a brown or tan Carhartt-style jacket, work boots and Levis. She reported he was armed with a knife.

"She says that she was attacked from behind," said CSU spokesman Mike Hooker. "The last she saw of him was he was heading east toward College Avenue."

Hooker said police are looking into whether there's a connection to a similar attack that happened on the track in September. In that case, a man wearing a ski mask shoved a male to the ground and tried to sexually assault him.

"As the police investigation continues, we're also taking a look at what the safety situation is in that spot. We want to make sure it's as safe as can be," Hooker said.

Students told 7NEWS they've never felt the area was unsafe, but noted the track is poorly lit. Hooker said the university will look at improving lighting and visibility, as well as increase police patrols in the area.

"I have never ever seen anything bad in this area and I usually come late to workout," said Ani Mehdawi, a CSU student running the track.

Hooker said if anybody saw a man running in the area or have any other information about this assault to contact the Colorado State University Police Department at 970-491-6425.

University officials are not saying if the victim is a student or community member.

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