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Former McFarland runner carries high school legacy

Former McFarland runner carries high school legacy

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 cross-country teams finish strong

Chico State cross-country teams finish strong

December 14, 2015

The Wildcats rejoined the nation's elite, finishing the 2015 season off with the men's team placing sixth and the women’s taking fourth at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 21. The men’s team finished eight places better than last year while the women jumped nine places better than last year's pe...

Chico State women’s cross country team takes first, while men place second at NCAA West Regionals

Chico State women’s cross country team takes first, while men place second at NCAA West Regionals

Jason Spies

November 12, 2015

The Chico State men and women's cross country teams have punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships, after the men came in second and the women came in first at the NCAA West Regionals race. Men's: The Chico State mens cross country team placed second overall as a team Saturday, Nov. 7 at the NCAA W...

Gary Towne: Pushing the Wildcats to NCAA Championships

Gary Towne: Pushing the Wildcats to NCAA Championships

Kenta Mcafee

November 4, 2015

With both the men's and women's cross-country teams taking first place at the 2015 CCAA Championship, head coach Gary Towne opened up about the teams' successes as both head into NCAA competition.The Orion: Do you think Will Reyes and other members of the team will be able to compete past the collegiate level?Towne: Yes. There are guys that are ru...

Cross-country CCAA Championship streaks continue

Cross-country CCAA Championship streaks continue

Kenta Mcafee

October 28, 2015

The Chico State men's and women's cross-country teams managed to continue their winning streaks as both teams finished first at the CCAA Championships on Oct. 25 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. For the men's team, it was junior Will Reyes leading the charge, taking first overall. He was followed close behind by ...

Chico State cross-country dominates at San Francisco Invitational

Chico State cross-country dominates at San Francisco Invitational

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

October 15, 2015

The Chico State cross-country teams both came away with wins at the San Francisco State Invitational. The men's team dominated with a score of 23-82, and the women's team secured their win with a score of 41-63. Both teams defeated second-place finisher California Baptist. Men's- The team showed exa...

Men’s cross-country runs past Division I teams at Stanford Invitational

Men’s cross-country runs past Division I teams at Stanford Invitational

Kenta Mcafee

September 29, 2015

The Chico State men's cross-country team competed in its second invitational at Stanford on Sept. 26, claiming second place over several Division I and 2 schools. The 'Cats finished with a five point margin between them and the first place school, Stanford.Stanford finished the race with a point tota...

Women’s cross-country takes fourth at Stanford Invitational

Women’s cross-country takes fourth at Stanford Invitational

Kenta Mcafee

September 28, 2015

The Chico State woman's cross-country team found great success at the Stanford invitational on Sept. 26, finishing in fourth place and recording their third highest finish at Stanford. Finishing ahead of Chico State was Stanford, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Davis in the top three.The team's fourth place is th...

‘Cat tats earned in sweat, blood and hard work

‘Cat tats earned in sweat, blood and hard work

Kenta Mcafee

September 22, 2015

Through hats, shirts and even tattoos, many Chico State student athletes represent their school with a lifelong commitment, but none more as a collective pack than the Chico State cross-country team.The Wildcat logo is often tatted on the thigh or calves of many current and past Chico State cross-co...

Men’s cross-country hits the trail for 2015

Men’s cross-country hits the trail for 2015

Kenta Mcafee

September 1, 2015

For Chico State athletics, 2014 was an overall great year for sports, but one of the biggest successes was for the men's cross-country team. The team found success in the 2014 season, continuing the streak of winning CCAA title's with its 13th straight victory. The team also succeeded in winning the la...

Women’s cross-country season preview

Women’s cross-country season preview

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

August 31, 2015

Since 2002, the Chico State women's cross-country team has been a staple in the nation's top 10 cross-country programs.Until last year. The team finished 13th in the nation last season to snap its streak of 12 straight finishes inside the top 10. "It was a little hard to swallow," senior Olivia Watt sai...

Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

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...

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