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Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

Nick Reddy

December 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

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 and Dos Pueblos High School star graduated in May with a degree in nutrition and food science. For his senior season in which he garnered numero...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Kasey Barnett

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Kasey Barnett

Lars Gustafson

December 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Whether it’s on the track or in the classroom, Wildcat of the Year nominee Kasey Barnett was on top during her senior season.Now the former pole vaulter has been nominated for the 2014 Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year. Growing up in Chico, Barnett started her athletic career as a gymnast until her freshman year at Chico High. Barnett sta...

Chico State runner makes Team USA

Chico State runner makes Team USA

Jose Olivar

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

In 2015, Kym Crosby will toe the line to compete against athletes from around the world. Crosby, a junior sprinter for Chico State women’s track and field team, has officially been made a member of Team USA’s Paralympic team.Crosby is visually impaired, due to the lack of pigment in her hai...

Wildcats track and field bringing big crop of recruits

Wildcats track and field bringing big crop of recruits

Emerson Keenan

October 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

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...

Barnett named CCAA Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Barnett named CCAA Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Jose Olivar

September 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Former Chico State track and field standout Kasey Barnett proved this summer that athletes can excel not only at sport, but in the classroom as well. Following her impressive run last season filled with athletic awards and record-breaking performances, Barnett was named Chico State's Female Athlete of the Year. On top of that, she added the California Collegiate Athletic Association Fe...

Chico State athletics place 6th in Directors’ Cup

Chico State athletics place 6th in Directors’ Cup

Emerson Keenan

September 9, 2014


Filed under Sports

Most people in the area know that Chico State has a good athletic program, but they may not have known just how good. Until now, that is.After 10 out of 13 Wildcat teams reached NCAA postseason berths, the Chico State athletic department placed sixth in June out of 246 Division II teams in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup sta...

Wildcats await NCAA Championships

Wildcats await NCAA Championships

Emerson Keenan

May 11, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

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 ...

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...

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