The Orion

Former McFarland runner carries high school legacy

First-year runner Veronica Garcia representing her school. Photo credit: Veronica Garcia

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 vaults into action at first track meet of the season

Track and field pole vaulters warm up before practice on a cold day. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Jason Spies

March 8, 2016

The Wildcats walked away from the final day of the Kim Dust Invitational as winners. It was the first track and field meet of the season, and Chico State looked ready for it. The men and women scored 221 points to win top team honors and held off second place Modesto College.   Men’s Re...

Track and field team springs into action

The Chico State track and field team warms up for pole vaulting practice. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Patrick Pace

February 22, 2016

Chico State men's and women's track and field team has dominated the CCAA conference, and they're looking to do it again in 2016. "We always want to win our conference, that's always a goal of ours," said long distance coach Gary Towne. "Our women have won a number in a row, and our men lost a nail-...

#TBT: uniforms from the ’70s to now

Sharon Galligan and Maribeth Mika, left, jump up to block a shot in a game in the '70s. Junior Ashton Kershner, right, tips the ball back to her opponent in a game last season. Photo credit: Becky

Esther Briggs

February 19, 2016

The style of the athletic uniforms in the 1970s can be described in one word: different. When you look through old editions of The Orion you cannot help but stop and look at what our school used to sport. We only look back and wonder why? Here are seven then and now images, to show just how far we...

From cross-country to track and field

Junior Sadie Gastelum trains for the upcoming track and field season. Photo credit: The Orion

January 28, 2016

For two Chico State athletes, competing year round comes with both challenges and excitement. Junior runners McCall Habermehl and Sadie Gastelum had two great cross-country seasons this past fall and will compete for the track and field team this spring. Habermehl placed 3rd at the CCAA Championships...

Men’s cross-country shines in first meet of season

Orion file photo.

Jason Spies

September 14, 2015

The Chico State men's cross-country team had its first meet of the year Friday afternoon at the Ash Creek Invitational in Monmouth, OR. They did not fail to impress grabbing first, second and third place with seven players finishing in the top 10. Led by Will Reyes, who placed first in the 6,400-meter run with a ...

Redshirting allows Wildcats to develop skills, work on academics

Sophomore hurdler Sam Peters, who has redshirted during this season, practices with the track and field team. Photo courtesy of Samuel Peters

Breanna Barnard

May 4, 2015

Cardinal and white are known to be the official Chico State colors, and athletes represent these colors on their jerseys while they are competing. Some athletes choose to be different from the rest and "redshirt" during a season. These athletes do not physically wear a red shirt while they play, but these ...

Decathletes accept Webb Cup, named best in nation

Sophomore decathlete Lane Andrews competes in the pole vault on March 14 during the Wildcat Invitational. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Breanna Barnard

April 27, 2015

Day one: 100-meter, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter.Day two: 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1500-meter.No, this is not a two-day track meet with different people running at different times. These are 10 events all competed by one person in a matter of two days. It is calle...

Watt leads on the track, inspires team to succeed

Junior middle distance runner Olivia Watt competes on March 14 at the Wildcat Invitational. Photo courtesy of Luke Reid

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 21, 2015

When junior distance runner Olivia Watt competes for Chico State, her energy can only be described as electric. The Morro Bay High School product has made as big of an impact on the track as she has off it. "If you're in her life, then chances are she's impacted it in a positive way," said ...

Senior triple jumper leaps toward championships

Senior Derek Taylor launches into the air while competing in the triple jump at a meet last year. Photo courtesy of Derek Taylor

Breanna Barnard

April 20, 2015

One long runway and one person. A sandy pit awaits for shoes with spikes on the bottom to touch down into it. The person runs, jumps and lands as the crowd cheers and awaits the results. This is what Chico State's senior triple jumper Derek Taylor lives for. "Three right backs," Taylor said....

‘Cats perform in front of home crowd

Chico State's senior Ashely Jones finishes in first place in the 100 meter dash finals Saturday at the Twilight and Distance Carnival held at Chico State. closely behind her is junior Aja Erskine. Photo credit: Malik Payton

Breanna Barnard

April 16, 2015

The Wildcats track and field teams had yet another successful meet with plenty of excellent performances in the Chico Distance Carnival and the Chico Twilight Invitational. The invitationals kicked off on Friday starting with the distance carnival. Long distance runners from the men and women...

4×400 relay team generates synergy on the track

Tristan Lake hands off the baton to Lane Andrews on March 14 at the Chico State invitational. Photo courtesy of Phillip Bailey.

Dylan Wakefield

April 12, 2015

For the four men on Chico State's track and field 4x400 relay team, it is the collective mindset and support within the quartet that makes them successful. The four-man band consists of: junior hurdler Tristan Lake, junior 400-meter runner Geoff Brown, sophomore decathlete Lane Andrews and juni...

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