The Orion

Wildcats track and field bringing big crop of recruits

Thirteen of the 15 incoming recruits for the Chico State men's track and field team. In the middle of them is the new athlete's mantra: respect, optimism and discipline. Photo Courtesy Oliver Hanf

Emerson Keenan

October 13, 2014

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...

Men’s soccer team wins in OT against Humboldt

Octavio Murillo grapples with the opposition as both players go for the ball. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Emerson Keenan

October 10, 2014

[box]Chico State 2, Humboldt State 1 (OT)Quick Stats:Goals: 2 - Matt Hurlow (3rd and 4th of season)Assist: 1 - Sean Gallagher (1st of season)Saves: 6 - Luke Dennison (41 saves on the season)[/box]The Chico State men's soccer squad snapped a four-game losing streak by earning a hard-fought win in overtime against ...

Wildcats await NCAA Championships

Chico State long jumper leaps through the air earlier this season Photo credit: Emily Teague

Emerson Keenan

May 11, 2014

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 ...

Wildcats softball ends season with split

Pitcher Alex Molina winds up against Sonoma State earlier this season. Photo credit: Grant Mahan

Emerson Keenan

April 28, 2014

The Chico State softball team ended its season Sunday spliting the doubleheader at Cal State East Bay 6-2 and 11-6. Sophomore first basemen Desiree' Gonzalez slugged her 11th homer of the season in the first game, tying the Chico State record for most home runs in a season. Junior Emily McEnaney went ...

Wildcat decathletes dash against world-class competition

John Brunk, Theodore Elsenbaumer and J Patrick Smith compete alongside Olympic medalist Ashton Eaton. Photo courtesy of Kevin Brunk.

Emerson Keenan

April 21, 2014

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...

Endurance event tests Wildcat athletes

Junior steeplechase athlete Alex McGuirk. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Emerson Keenan

April 15, 2014

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...

Pitcher grand slams as hitter

Alex Molina, senior pitcher, gets ready to bat during practice. Photo credit: Maisee Lee

Emerson Keenan

March 25, 2014

Senior pitcher Alex Molina stepped into the batter’s box with the bases loaded. Humboldt State is holding on to a 5-2 lead and with a swing of the bat, Molina sends a grand slam over the fence giving the 'Cats a 6-5 lead. The Wildcats went on to win the game 8-7 March 2. Not only did Molina hit the...

Sweet sweep for ’Cats softball team

Sophomore pitcher Brooke Langeloh. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Emerson Keenan

March 15, 2014

The Chico State softball team's offense came alive once again against Pace University, sweeping the doubleheader 7-3 and 9-1, while moving above .500 for the first time this season. Junior second basemen Kelli Keefe had four runs and four hits in both games. Junior shortstop Emily McEnaney hit a home...

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