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Women’s cross-country season preview

Women’s cross-country season preview

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

August 31, 2015


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

Since 2002, the Chico State women's cross-country team has been a staple in the nation's top 10 cross-country programs.Until last year. The team finished 13th in the nation last season to snap its streak of 12 straight finishes inside the top 10. "It was a little hard to swallow," senior Olivia Watt sai...

First-year runner sprints into action for Wildcats

First-year runner sprints into action for Wildcats

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Track and field

First-year runner Alex Burkhart is becoming a force on the track faster than you can say the name of her hometown, Rancho Cucamonga. Coming off her time at Los Osos High School, Burkhart has taken advantage of her opportunities and excelled in the steeplechase event for the Wildcats this spring. Steeplechase is a 3,...

Chico State faculty, staff hit the ground running

Chico State faculty, staff hit the ground running

Alisa Thorsen

March 9, 2015


Filed under Features

For many people, running the mile in high school physical education class was enough for a lifetime. But for some Chico State employees, running is not just a hobby — it's a way of life. Outside of the classroom, many professors participate in intensive marathon training in their spare tim...

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...

Q&A: Gary Towne, CCAA cross-country Coach of the Year

Q&A: Gary Towne, CCAA cross-country Coach of the Year

Lars Gustafson

January 20, 2015


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

During the past 19 years, Gary Towne has become one of the most decorated head coaches in Chico State's history. Towne has turned Chico State's cross-country team into a national powerhouse that has reached the NCAA championships every year since 1999. During this previous fall season, the Wildcat men’s and w...

Cross-Country teams win CCAA Championships

Cross-Country teams win CCAA Championships

Samuel Wolfson

November 9, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

[box]CCAA ChampionshipsAlex McGuirk: Individual Champion and CCAA Runner of the YearCamila Turati: Freshman of the yearGary Towne: Coach of the Year[/box]Both Chico State's men and women's cross country teams took home titles at the CCAA Championships Saturday in San Bernardino. The men have captured t...

Women’s cross-country team headed for CCAA championship

Women’s cross-country team headed for CCAA championship

Kevin Lucena

November 5, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

After watching her teammates run toward the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship title last year, junior Quetta Peinado will compete in the Nov. 8 CCAA title meet in San Bernardino. “Having my last three seasons end injury-riddled, this will be my first time competing at the conference championship," Peinado s...

Men’s cross-country team competes for 13th consecutive title

Men’s cross-country team competes for 13th consecutive title

Samuel Wolfson

November 1, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

It seems that head cross-country Coach Gary Towne always finds the recipe for success for his teams. With this year's batch, he's going for a baker's dozen.The Chico State men’s cross-country team will try to secure its 13th straight California Collegiate Athletic Association championship title...

Cross-country runners embrace race strategies

Cross-country runners embrace race strategies

Emerson Keenan

October 27, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare, said Juma Ikangaa, a three-time second place finisher at the Boston marathon.Imagine how that reflects on Chico State's men and women's cross-country teams. Both teams run each race with a unique mental strategy.Gary Towne, Chico State's head ...

Former Wildcat to make marathon debut

Former Wildcat to make marathon debut

Kevin Lucena

October 15, 2014


Filed under Sports

Wake up at 5 a.m. Go for an eight-mile run. Work in the Integrative Physiology of Aging lab at the University of Colorado from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take another eight-mile run, head home for dinner, then off to bed to be ready to do it all again tomorrow.For former Chico State long-distance runner Kara Lubieniecki, t...

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...

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...

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