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Wildcats track and field dominate Chico Multi Classic

Placing first in the Women 100 Meter Hurdles, freshman Adelae Fredeen finished with 15.49 seconds in hurdles on February 22, 2018. Photo credit: Kailah Cabiles

Andrew Baumgartner

February 24, 2018

In their first action of the year, Chico State track and field dominated the heptathlon and decathlon with senior Lane Andrews winning the decathlon and senior Melanie O'Brien winning the heptathlon.The Chico Multi Classic was held Thursday and Friday afternoon at Chico State.The men's track and field ...

Paralympic games has former wildcat running for gold

Training with her heroes and having no fear of the Zika virus, former Chico State track runner Kim Crosby takes part in the 2016 ParaOlympic games 
(From Kim Crosby's Facebook page)

George Johnston

August 20, 2016

Chico State track star Kym Crosby sat down with The Orion for a Q&A on her world trip to win a medal for Team USA. It's a blistering 95 degrees in Brazil. The lights are blindingly shinning down and the humidity is drenching, but former Chico State track runner Kym Crosby does not care. She's...

Tsang makes name for himself as discus thrower

Wade Tsang throws the discus during practice on Thursday, March 26 at the Chico State track. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Danielle Pubill

March 29, 2016

Senior track and field thrower, Wade Tsang, has been throwing at distances that are placing among NCAA and NAIA athletes. Tsang is now less than 1 meter away from qualifying for the NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Tsang talked about how he began with sprinting in middle school and high school, but...

Former McFarland runner carries high school legacy

First-year runner Veronica Garcia representing her school. Photo credit: Veronica Garcia

Esther Briggs

March 15, 2016

For first-year cross-country and track runner Veronica Garcia, the movie "McFarland, USA” (2015) is more than an inspirational sports dramatization. The story of a 1987 cross-country team put together by its coach, Jim White, happened right in her high school. Garcia began running in kindergarten,...

Chico State vaults into action at first track meet of the season

Track and field pole vaulters warm up before practice on a cold day. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Jason Spies

March 8, 2016

The Wildcats walked away from the final day of the Kim Dust Invitational as winners. It was the first track and field meet of the season, and Chico State looked ready for it. The men and women scored 221 points to win top team honors and held off second place Modesto College.   Men’s Re...

From cross-country to track and field

Junior Sadie Gastelum trains for the upcoming track and field season. Photo credit: The Orion

January 28, 2016

For two Chico State athletes, competing year round comes with both challenges and excitement. Junior runners McCall Habermehl and Sadie Gastelum had two great cross-country seasons this past fall and will compete for the track and field team this spring. Habermehl placed 3rd at the CCAA Championships...

Redshirting allows Wildcats to develop skills, work on academics

Sophomore hurdler Sam Peters, who has redshirted during this season, practices with the track and field team. Photo courtesy of Samuel Peters

Breanna Barnard

May 4, 2015

Cardinal and white are known to be the official Chico State colors, and athletes represent these colors on their jerseys while they are competing. Some athletes choose to be different from the rest and "redshirt" during a season. These athletes do not physically wear a red shirt while they play, but these ...

Decathletes accept Webb Cup, named best in nation

Sophomore decathlete Lane Andrews competes in the pole vault on March 14 during the Wildcat Invitational. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Breanna Barnard

April 27, 2015

Day one: 100-meter, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter.Day two: 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1500-meter.No, this is not a two-day track meet with different people running at different times. These are 10 events all competed by one person in a matter of two days. It is calle...

Senior triple jumper leaps toward championships

Senior Derek Taylor launches into the air while competing in the triple jump at a meet last year. Photo courtesy of Derek Taylor

Breanna Barnard

April 20, 2015

One long runway and one person. A sandy pit awaits for shoes with spikes on the bottom to touch down into it. The person runs, jumps and lands as the crowd cheers and awaits the results. This is what Chico State's senior triple jumper Derek Taylor lives for. "Three right backs," Taylor said....

Music pumps up Wildcats’ performance

Brooke Bowen, forward on the women's basketball team, listens to her favorite song,

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

February 22, 2015

Even after putting on the uniform and stretching, some athletes still need one more element to put them in the zone before a game — music. Certain songs fire up athletes' intensity and get them pumped up for a game.Will Ferrell's character in the movie "Blades of Glory" put it succinctly — "It gets the people...

Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

Julie Finn, junior on Chico State's cross-country and track and field teams, sets up to practice for the 1500-meter event. The spring semester means a change in landscape for competitors as races and events move to the track. Photo credit: Zach Aucella

Breanna Barnard

February 8, 2015

Runners on your mark. Get set. Bang. The switch over from cross-country to track and field season is quickly creeping up. With both the Wildcat men's and women's cross-country teams placing in the NCAA Championships this past fall, the 'Cats are ready to bring their energy into track and...

Pro outfielder turns track star

New track and field runner Brennan May. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Lars Gustafson

September 2, 2014

After a career that’s spanned several states and multiple sports, Brennan May just may have found a team that can take full advantage of his natural abilities: Chico State men’s track and field. May is a new track runner for Chico State, and is one with quite a past. Born in Fayetteville, G...

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