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

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 head coach, Oliver Hanf had a good feeling about the track meet before it even began.

“Our numbers are small, but our performance shall be big.” Hanf said.

Chico State had three players finish in the top five of the decathlon proving Hanf’s prediction correct.

Lane Andrews finshed first with a score of 6611, with first place finishes in the men’s long jump and high jump.

Andrews finished in the top five of all events except for shot put.

Other notable performances in the decathlon were Randall LeBlanc who finished second with a score of 6565 and Alex Davila who finished fourth with a 5598.

LeBlanc finished first in the 400 meter dash, Pole Vault, javelin throw, and the 1500 meter run.

LeBlanc finished in the top five of the rest of the events except for the long jump.

Davilla finished first in the shot put with top five finishes in the 100 meter dash, long jump, high jump, 400 meter dash, and pole vault.

Other Wildcats in action were Dylan Smith and Ryan Troudy who finished seventh and eighth respectively.

In the heptathlon, Chico State took the top two spots.

Melanie O’Brien finished first with a score of 4395 and Adelae Fredeen second with a score of 4059.

O’Brien got a top five finish in all seven events, including first in the women’s 200 meter dash and long jump.

Fredeen finished first in the 100 meter hurdles and finished in the top five of all seven competitions except for the high jump.

Another Wildcat in action for the heptathlon was Heather Pendleton who finished in eighth.

Chico State track and field’s next competition is on March 2 and 3 in Turlock at the Kim Duyst Invitational.

Andrew Baumgartner can be reached at [email protected] or @abaum94 on Twitter.