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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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Robert Nooney to take over as women’s track and field coach

Greg Silvia

October 14, 2013

The Chico State women’s track and field team has hired Robert Nooney as its new head coach for the upcoming season. Nooney, a Chico State alumnus and All-American in the decathlon in 2008, will take over the job from Oliver Hanf, who coached both the men and women's teams last year. Hanf will now...

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