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Chico State runners adjusting to canceled season

Matt Herrera running in the 2019 season.

Matthew Wreden, Sports Editor

September 5, 2020

Cross country head coach Gary Towne instills a very simple catchphrase for his team to follow: If you aren’t taking steps forward then you are taking big steps backward. This catchphrase seems easy to understand, but as we enter another month of COVID-19, it’s important that his athletes conti...

Chico State cross country commit finds himself right at home.

Chico High's Charlie Giannini (center) and parents Meghan Callahan (left) and Scott Giannini (right) smile during a ceremony Wednesday at Williams Theater in Chico where the senior signed his letter of intent with the Chico State men's cross-country team. (Will Denner -- Enterprise-Record)

Matthew Ferreira

April 22, 2019

Each year, student-athletes from all over the country decide which school they are going to compete for on the collegiate level.For Chico High’s cross country star Charlie Giannini, that was his hometown’s own Chico State.Giannini grew up in Chico and joined the cross country team after one o...

Anita Barker takes a victory lap

Anita Barker is one of nine women ever selected for the Division II West Region Athletic Director of the Year Award. She has worked for Chico State for 17 years alongside her husband, Scott Barker, the head athletic trainer. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Noah Andrews

March 25, 2019

The job of an athletic director is often thankless. There's a lot of work behind the scenes that go unnoticed. However, this is not the case for Chico State's Athletic Director, Anita Barker. Due to Barker's constant hard work and the rejection of mediocrity, she has been honored as the Division II...

How athletes deal with their worst nightmare-injuries

Alexandria Tucker has returned to competing while Brennan Wheeler (left) and Derek Morton (right) are still in the recovery process. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

March 13, 2019

As an athlete, the most important thing you can do is to keep your body well-maintained throughout the season. But with sports being as unpredictable as they are, injuries can occur in the blink of an eye.“You put all this time and effort into things just like writing a paper and the word docu...

The Wildcat Rumble: Matt Ferreira’s debut and Wyatt Baxter interview

Digital Art By Claire Bang

Ricardo Tovar

February 22, 2019

Welcome to the fourth installment of the Wildcat Rumble of the Spring 2019 semester. Sports editor Ricardo Tovar is joined by a debuting Matthew Ferreira. Ferreira is new to The Orion's sports team and he is here, along with Tovar, to give his thoughts on Wildcat's sports, the MLB season and NBA seas...

Wildcat Rumble: Bekah Boyle and Alexandria Tucker

Alexandria Tucker leads the way at the Bronco Invitational in this archived photo. Photo credit: Gary Towne

Ricardo Tovar

February 9, 2019

The newest episode of the Wildcat Rumble is trying some stuff out. Interviews with Chico State athletes Bekah Boyle (3:42) and Alex Tucker (19:07), who won All-CCAA Fall Academics. As well as a one-man show by sports editor Ricardo Tovar: Super Bowl talk, NBA trade deadline analysis and much more. Hope you enjoy!...

Game of genders: comparing women and men in sports

Jack Emanuel and Teddy Kassa participate in the NCAA championships in Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Gary Towne.

Connor Mcpherson

December 11, 2018

Sports are meant to be a unifying force. For decades, people have used sports to relax, forget about their problems and have a good time. They have the power to pull together people of different religions, races, classes and even genders. However, this is not always the case, and many athletes have c...

Wildcat of the week- Jack Emanuel

Jack Emanuel running at the NCA West Regional Championships in Billings, Montana. Emanuel finished 18th. Image courtesy of Gary Towne.

Ricardo Tovar

December 5, 2018

Jack Emanuel is a Chico native who redshirted cross-country and track during his true freshman year. The construction management major has been in the scoring mix for four out of Chico State's six races this season; five of those being first place wins for the Wildcats. He finished 34th out of 203 in...

Wildcats cross-country ends with top ten finishes

Eddie King leads pack of Chico State runners at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Billings, Montana. Image courtesy of Gary Towne.

Ricardo Tovar

December 2, 2018

It wasn't ideal running conditions for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships on Saturday morning. The Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a hill-covered course. The muddy terrain forced runners to use half-inch spikes. Coach Gary Towne said it was one of ...

Chico State men and women’s cross-country continues streak of CCAA titles

Chico State's Kayden Carpenter stays ahead of her opponent in the Triton Classic in this archived photo. Image from Gary W Towne.

Ricardo Tovar

November 4, 2018

In what has become a yearly tradition over the last two decades, the Chico State men and women's cross-country teams won the California Collegiate Athletic Association championships on Saturday in San Bernardino. The men for the 17th time in row and the women for the 11th time in a row. Just as impressive, ...

Wildcat of the Week – Karlie Garcia

Cross-country runner, Karlie Garcia, just earned her first CCAA runner of the week title this season. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Connor Mcpherson and Caitlyn Young

October 24, 2018

Cross-country star Karlie Garcia has had a huge impact on the team and her efforts have earned her an All-American First team honor last season. She has made her mark in the record books as well, as she recently set a course record and finishing almost a minute faster than her closest opponent. This al...

Wildcats cross-country takes first in Triton Classic

Chico State's Remington Breeze and Derek Morton lead the way at the Bronco Invitational. Image courtesy of Gary W Towne.

Ricardo Tovar

October 21, 2018

Chico State came into San Diego on Saturday and did what they have done all year, win. The Triton Classic was no match for the men and women of Chico State who both placed first in their respective events. This is the fourth time in four events the men have placed first and the first time in four ev...

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