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Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

Breanna Barnard

February 8, 2015


Filed under Cross Country, Track and field

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...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

Nick Reddy

December 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

J Patrick Smith set a new standard of excellence for the men’s track and field program that has won 11 consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association championships. The Santa Barbara native and Dos Pueblos High School star graduated in May with a degree in nutrition and food science. For his senior season in which he garnered numero...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Kasey Barnett

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Kasey Barnett

Lars Gustafson

December 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Whether it’s on the track or in the classroom, Wildcat of the Year nominee Kasey Barnett was on top during her senior season.Now the former pole vaulter has been nominated for the 2014 Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year. Growing up in Chico, Barnett started her athletic career as a gymnast until her freshman year at Chico High. Barnett sta...

Wildcat Watch: Alumna earns top 20 finish at New York City Marathon

Wildcat Watch: Alumna earns top 20 finish at New York City Marathon

Angelo Boscacci

November 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Alia Gray knew after she ran the 10K at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June that she wanted to run a marathon.Gray, a former Chico State distance runner, recently completed the New York City Marathon. She finished 16th in the women's division, running the 26-mile course in 2 hours, 39 min...

Chico State runner makes Team USA

Chico State runner makes Team USA

Jose Olivar

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

In 2015, Kym Crosby will toe the line to compete against athletes from around the world. Crosby, a junior sprinter for Chico State women’s track and field team, has officially been made a member of Team USA’s Paralympic team.Crosby is visually impaired, due to the lack of pigment in her hai...

Wildcats track and field bringing big crop of recruits

Wildcats track and field bringing big crop of recruits

Emerson Keenan

October 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Losing 17 seniors doesn't happen every day. When it does, it can really hurt a team. Chico State men's track and field coach, Oliver Hanf, came prepared by bringing in a fresh class of 15 athletes to replenish the loss. Of the 15 athletes that joined the men's track and field team, there are eight transfers and seven freshmen."We brought in a bi...

Alumna pursues elite-level cross-country career

Alumna pursues elite-level cross-country career

Nick Reddy

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Former Chico State cross-country standout Ayla Granados took first place in the third annual Northern California Cross-Country Challenge women’s race Sept. 13 at Simpson University in Redding. Granados ran the hilly 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 53 seconds. It was a solid showing for the former collegiate distance running star, who said she didn’t aim to push hersel...

Barnett named CCAA Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Barnett named CCAA Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Jose Olivar

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Former Chico State track and field standout Kasey Barnett proved this summer that athletes can excel not only at sport, but in the classroom as well. Following her impressive run last season filled with athletic awards and record-breaking performances, Barnett was named Chico State's Female Athlete of the Year. On top of that, she added the California Collegiate Athletic Association Fe...

Alumnus named Male Athlete of the Year

Alumnus named Male Athlete of the Year

Kevin Lucena

September 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

J Patrick Smith is going to need a bigger trophy room.After finishing a career that included being a two-time California Collegiate Athletic Association Field Athlete of the Year, a three-time NCAA Decathlon Champion and a four-time All-American, Smith has added one more accolade: The Chico State Male Athlete of the Year.The former Wi...

Wildcats await NCAA Championships

Wildcats await NCAA Championships

Emerson Keenan

May 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Winning the California Collegiate Athletic Association men and women’s track and field championships is becoming a norm for Chico State. Both teams have won the annual championship every year since 2010, including this year. Wildcat athletes and coaches also brought in a majority of the hardware at ...

Strong second day at track championships

Strong second day at track championships

Angelo Boscacci

May 2, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The second day of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship closed with both Chico State's mens and women's track teams finishing strong. On the mens side, freshmen Scott Pater came in first place in the 100-meter yard dash with a time of 11.15 seconds. Teammate Adam Nikssarian finishe...

Track championships under way in San Diego

Track championships under way in San Diego

Sergio Sanchez

May 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships began on Thursday for both men's and women's track & field team in San Diego.Adam Nikssarian is in good position after day one to capture his second straight podium finish at the CCAA Championships. Nikssarian set a personal record in the shot put, ...

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