The Orion

Athlete to watch: Hailey Fune

Hailey Fune is currently a senior at Chico High School and has participated in the track and field team all four years. Photo credit: Karina Cope

Karina Cope

October 1, 2019

Big things have come from track and field star, Hailey Fune, recently and she expects to see bigger things from herself in the near future. Fune, now a senior at Chico High, made her claim to fame when she was named the fastest hurdler in Northern Section history as of last spring, clocking in at a t...

Chico State preview: track & field poised to continue dominating

Michelle Holt competing in the 100 hurdles at the 2018 Wildcat invite on March 10. Photo credit: Martin Chang

Noah Andrews

February 22, 2019

Chico State's track and field program has demonstrated an unparalleled level of success throughout the last few years. Last season, the men's team won their third straight California Collegiate Athletic Association championship. It was their 14th conference title in the last 15 seasons. The women's team fi...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

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

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 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

Kasey Barnett, former Chico State pole vaulter, during practice in 2014. Orion File Photo

Lars Gustafson

December 8, 2014

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 track and field runner Kym Crosby prepares to toe the line to compete with Team USA. Photo courtesy of Kym Crosby

Jose Olivar

October 29, 2014

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

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...

Barnett named CCAA Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Former track and field athlete Kasey Barnett was named Chico State's female athlete of the year, as well as the California Collegiate Athletic Association Female-Scholar Athlete of the Year. Photo credit: Maisee Lee

Jose Olivar

September 10, 2014

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 athletic director Anita Barker led the department to sixth place in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats

Emerson Keenan

September 9, 2014

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

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 ...

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...

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