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‘Cat tats earned in sweat, blood and hard work

Lauren Schnelli, junior track and field runner, proudly represents the Chico with her Wildcat tattoo. Photo credit: Jenelle Kapellas

Kenta Mcafee

September 22, 2015

Through hats, shirts and even tattoos, many Chico State student athletes represent their school with a lifelong commitment, but none more as a collective pack than the Chico State cross-country team.The Wildcat logo is often tatted on the thigh or calves of many current and past Chico State cross-co...

Women’s cross-country season preview

Kody Atkins and Nicole Anthony run during practice on Wednesday before hitting the weight room. Photo by John Domogma.

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

August 31, 2015

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...

Watt leads on the track, inspires team to succeed

Junior middle distance runner Olivia Watt competes on March 14 at the Wildcat Invitational. Photo courtesy of Luke Reid

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 21, 2015

When junior distance runner Olivia Watt competes for Chico State, her energy can only be described as electric. The Morro Bay High School product has made as big of an impact on the track as she has off it. "If you're in her life, then chances are she's impacted it in a positive way," said ...

First-year runner sprints into action for Wildcats

First-year runner Alex Burkhart competes in the steeplechase at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on April 4. Photo courtesy of Alex Burkhart

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 11, 2015

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,...

Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

Julie Finn, junior on Chico State's cross-country and track and field teams, sets up to practice for the 1500-meter event. The spring semester means a change in landscape for competitors as races and events move to the track. Photo credit: Zach Aucella

Breanna Barnard

February 8, 2015

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...

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 ...

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