Wildcats give Division I competitors a tough time


Joshua Cummings and Isaiah Roybal running a medley race at University Stadium, Photo Courtesy of Sports Information

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Chico State headed to UC Davis in an effort to show Division I competitors what they were capable of. Both men and women’s Track and Field made their presence known at the Woody Wilson Classic as they dominated and posted 23 personal records collectively.

Men’s Track

It was a successful Saturday for the men’s team as nine Wildcats posted at least one personal record mark.

Freshmen Cody Cheatham posted his first personal record on Friday in the hammer throw. Then on Saturday, he posted two more by hurling the discus 34.88 meters landing him 11th place and a 13.22 meters shot put earned him seventh place.

Cheatham’s throwing partner Jorge Barajas also had his best discus distance with a throw of 35.09 meters.

Senior Hasani Barrett, like Cheatham, posted two personal records on Saturday and also anchored the 4×100-meter relay. This was the team’s best effort of the season with a time of 41.81.

Barrett was able to shave off .02 seconds off of his all-time best finish in the 100 meters with a time of 10.96 earning him fourth place. He also improved his long jump which landed him in the top five of the event.

Alex Graham has the most notable personal record as he beat out his old javelin throw record by five meters. His throw of 55.56 meters was unbeatable and he took first in the event.

Other Chico State personal records were Aldo Perez in the 5,000 meters (15:56.76), Paul Kostyshak in the pole vault (4.13 meters), Ryan Douglass in the 110-meter hurdles (17.36), Joshua Cummings in the 400 meters (49.33) and Ben Lewis in the high jump (2.0 meters).

Women’s Track

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Lyndsey Settle running a sprint at University Stadium, Photo Courtesy of Sports Information

The women’s team was on a similar track as they posted 12 personal best marks and scores that earned Michelle Flint, Taylor Nevitt and Lara Condosta a place in Chico State record books.

Flint and Nevitt both made the Wildcat all-time top 10 in the hammer throw Friday. Flint had a heave of 46.42 meters earning her sixth overall in the event and now ranks as the eighth longest throw in program history.

Nevitt placed seventh with a PR throw of 46.35 meters which now ranks as the ninth-best hammer mark in Chico State history. Another notable performance by Nevitt was a personal best mark in the shot put with a throw of 11.61 meters.

Freshman Condosta etched her name in the record books in the pole vault. She finished third in the event at 3.53 meters, earning the ninth highest mark  in her first season at Chico State.

Sprinter Sydney Proiette posted two personal records individually finishing fifth in the 400-meter dash (57.71) and finishing 12th in the 200-meter dash (25.60).

Proiette later teamed up with Isabella Moyer, Lyndsey Settle, and Jordyn Dorsey placing second in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 47.90 seconds. Then finished fourth in the 4×400 meter relay alongside Sheena Blackwell, Savannah Bailey and Claire Chappell.

Settle shined in the 100-meter dash posting a personal best with a time of 12.19 seconds and finished the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 25.73 seconds.

Chappell excelled in the 400-meter dash posting a personal record with a time of 57.93 seconds.

Another notable showing was by Nadia Torkman who won the meet’s high jump competition reaching a height of 1.60 meters.

The track and field team’s head down to Southern California next week to endure three different meets. They will compete in the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational, Mt. SAC Relays, and Long Beach State Beach Invitational.

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