The Orion

Rain doesn’t flood ’Cats performance

Senior golfer Bianca Armanini tees off during a Wildcat Practice. Orion stock image.

Lexi Hoedt

November 11, 2016

Grueling practices in the rain and fierce wind that deter shots plague the Chico State athletes in the fall and winter. Although there weren't any games that were rained out this season at Chico State, each athletic team practiced in both rain and shine this year. Senior women's golfer Bianca Armanini...

‘We Don’t Say’ campaign gains national attention

Makayla Hopkins

November 8, 2016

Although multiple signs across Chico State say “We are one university,” the attempt to raise awareness about crude words that athletes and students use has signaled a major divide. Chico State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee released a new campaign called “We Don’t Say”...

Full Disclosure: Student-athletes getting paid

Kenta Mcafee

October 25, 2016

The only difference between college athletes and high school athletes is the workload. Although the collegiate level is more competitive, with only 7.8 percent of all athletes able to compete, the players are treated the same. There is no benefit available for the athletes who suffer broken bones an...

Real athletes wear pink

Javone Bradford shows his support during breast cancer awareness month by wearing pink on campus. Photo credit: Jovanna Garcia

Jordan Jarrell

October 16, 2016

As the NFL dedicates the month of October to raising awareness for breast cancer, Chico State athletes have also taken strides to show their support. The NFL is allowing players to wear pink accessories and decorate their fields with pink lettering. Chico State athletes cannot modify their field but ...

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...

Runner sets sights on Olympics

Sophomore Kyle Medina runs around the track during practice, displaying his Chico State Wildcat tattoo. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Kenta Mcafee

May 9, 2016

After breaking the school record for the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3 minutes, 41 seconds at the Brian Clay Invitational, sophomore Kyle Medina has set his sights on the Olympic trials. The time set by Medina was one second faster than the previous record of 3:42 set by Scott Bauhs in 2008. Med...

Pole vaulting: A misunderstood sport

Junior Justin Woo looks down at his potential land during a practice. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Jason Spies

May 4, 2016

Imagine running with a 10-foot pole toward a huge pit, planting the pole into the ground and propelling yourself upward to try and get over a bar that is set anywhere between 12 feet and 14 feet. All the while bending your body at a very difficult angle and trying to push the pole away from your body an...

3 students train for the heptathlon

First-year Olivia Abbott winds up to launch the shot put during practice. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Danielle Pubill

April 27, 2016

The heptathlon is seven events over the course of two days in track and field. The hard work, dedication and team support are critical factors. Junior Brooke Whitburn, sophomore Melanie O'Brien and first-year Olivia Abbott all strive together to reach their goals and to compete at their best.Many athletes ...

Runner uses grit and determination to overcome knee injury

Junior runner Steven Martinez runs around the track during practice. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Kenta Mcafee

April 26, 2016

By making second team All-American for cross country and placing in the top 20 for both the 5K and 10K meter race, junior runner Steven Martinez has proven he cannot be slowed down.Martinez suffered a knee injury in December while practicing and was unsure that he would be able to recover in time for ...

Wildcats shine in Twilight Invitational

First-year Jessa Gansberg prepares to leap during a practice. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Jason Spies

April 14, 2016

The Chico State track and field team put on a show in its one and only home meet of the season. Whether it was the throwers, jumpers or sprinters, every facet of this talented group was on display April 8-9 at the Twilight Invitational. Men’s Results Sophomore Nolan Nagle won the hammer throwing ...

A day of personal bests for Chico State track and field

The Chico State men's track and field team warms up before practice. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Jason Spies

March 29, 2016

The Chico State track and field team set personal bests in almost every event March 25 and 26 at the American River College Invitational. Of the 28 competing male athletes, 21 set new personal bests, and on the women’s side there were over 30 top 10 finishes. Men's Results Junior sprinter Bren...

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...

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