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J Patrick Smith, third from left, competes alongside Olympic medalist Ashton Eaton in March 2014. Photo courtesy of Kevin Brunk

Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

Nick Reddy // December 10, 2014

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...

Former Chico State decathlete J Patrick Smith, left, stands with training partners John Brunk, middle, and Theodore Elsenbaumer, right. Photo credit: Grant Mahan

Alumnus named Male Athlete of the Year

Kevin Lucena // September 8, 2014

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...

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

Wildcats await NCAA Championships

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...

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

Wildcat decathletes dash against world-class competition

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...

Senior decathlete John Brunk. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

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

Nicholas Woodard // February 28, 2014

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...

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