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Wildcat decathletes dash against world-class competition

Wildcat decathletes dash against world-class competition

Emerson Keenan

April 21, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

It’s not every day that an opportunity to compete against the Michael Jordan of your sport arises. For three Chico State decathletes, the chance arose for a few heats at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational decathlon in Santa Barbara. Senior decathletes J Patrick Smith, Theodore Elsenbaumer and John Brunk had the rare opportunity to compete with Ashton Eaton...

Relay team outruns record books

Relay team outruns record books

Ryan Grady

April 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Amilia Santos, Ashley Jones, Aja Erskine and Kasey Barnett make up the Chico State women's 4x100 relay team. Together they have broken the school record in the 4x100 relay race and then beat it again.All coming from different high schools, these four have found a record-topping formula for their relay team here at...

Track Recap April 12

Track Recap April 12

April 15, 2014


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Photographs by Emily Teauge....

Endurance event tests Wildcat athletes

Endurance event tests Wildcat athletes

Emerson Keenan

April 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

A sport originating with runners dashing from one church to another and prancing over streams and walls during the 1800s in England eventually became an event in track and field. Steeplechase combines long-distance running with the skill of hurdling. During a 3,000-meter race, athletes must ru...

Relay team records huge time at Twilight Meet

Relay team records huge time at Twilight Meet

Nicholas Woodard

April 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The 400-meter relay team of Joey Johnson, J Patrick Smith, Theodore Elsenbaumer and John Brunk ran the sixth fastest time in school history, 41.15 seconds, at the Twilight Invitational Meet on Saturday.Four other Wildcats grabbed provisional qualifying marks: Alex McGuirk and Dayne Gradone in the 1,500 met...

Seven Wildcats finish in top 10 at Delta Invite

Seven Wildcats finish in top 10 at Delta Invite

Nicholas Woodard

April 5, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The Chico State track and field team competed Thursday at the Delta Mustang Invitational in Stockton. The women heptathletes took seven of the top 10 spots, led by senior Sarah Hockensmith in second place with 2,469 points.Also making the top 10 for the Wildcats were freshman Kristen Brunk in third with 2,462 poin...

Chico State dominates at home invitational

Chico State dominates at home invitational

Nicholas Woodard

March 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The Chico State men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Chico State Four-Year Invitational and dominated. Both teams won 12 events on the way to team wins.Dallas Wilson led the men with two first place finishes in the shot put and discus. His marks of 48 feet, 9.5 inches and 147-8 were personal bests.Joey Johnson won the...

Track seniors stride to nationals

Track seniors stride to nationals

Lee Masten

March 24, 2014


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One meet is all it took for three Chico State decathletes to qualify for the national meet in May. Seniors J Patrick Smith, Theodore Elsenbaumer and John Brunk finished with scores over the auto-qualifying mark of 7,000 points Feb. 27-28 at the Chico Multi-Event Classic. They will compete for the final time at the 2014 NCAA National Track and Field Championships in May. ̶...

‘Cats Shine at Humboldt Invitational

‘Cats Shine at Humboldt Invitational

Nicholas Woodard

March 9, 2014


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The Chico State track and field team had a field day at the Humboldt Invitational, with first place finishes in 11 men's events and 10 women's events. On the men's side, Michael Souza scored an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark in the high jump on his way to a first-place finish. J Patrick Smith took first i...

Track ’Cats continue success during Friday’s meet

Track ’Cats continue success during Friday’s meet

Nicholas Woodard

March 1, 2014


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J Patrick Smith, John Brunk and Theordore Elsenbaumer are at it again. The trio of decathletes qualified for the NCAA Championship Friday by reaching the 7,000 point mark at the Chico Multi-Classic at University Stadium. All three had personal records in discus, while Brunk earned a personal record in the 110-meter hurdles ...

Wildcats open season, crush records at Chico Multi-Event Classic

Wildcats open season, crush records at Chico Multi-Event Classic

Nicholas Woodard

February 28, 2014


Filed under Track and field

J Patrick Smith, Theodore Elsenbaumer and John Brunk led the way on day one of the Chico Multi-Event Classic at University Stadium on Thursday.Patrick Smith posted 3,845 points, while Elsenbaumer and Brunk put up 3,795 and 3,780 points respectively, well beyond their marks from last year's event. The trio is also...

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