The Orion

Senior triple jumper leaps toward championships

Senior triple jumper leaps toward championships

Breanna Barnard

April 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Track and field

One long runway and one person. A sandy pit awaits for shoes with spikes on the bottom to touch down into it. The person runs, jumps and lands as the crowd cheers and awaits the results. This is what Chico State's senior triple jumper Derek Taylor lives for. "Three right backs," Taylor said....

Music pumps up Wildcats’ performance

Music pumps up Wildcats’ performance

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

February 22, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Sports, Track and field

Even after putting on the uniform and stretching, some athletes still need one more element to put them in the zone before a game — music. Certain songs fire up athletes' intensity and get them pumped up for a game.Will Ferrell's character in the movie "Blades of Glory" put it succinctly — "It gets the people...

Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

Cross-country Wildcats prepare for new terrain

Breanna Barnard

February 8, 2015


Filed under Cross Country, Track and field

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...

Pro outfielder turns track star

Pro outfielder turns track star

Lars Gustafson

September 2, 2014


Filed under Sports

After a career that’s spanned several states and multiple sports, Brennan May just may have found a team that can take full advantage of his natural abilities: Chico State Men’s Track and Field. May is a new track runner for Chico State, one with quite a past. Born in Fayetteville, GA, he w...

Pro outfielder turns track star

Pro outfielder turns track star

Lars Gustafson

September 2, 2014


Filed under Sports

After a career that’s spanned several states and multiple sports, Brennan May just may have found a team that can take full advantage of his natural abilities: Chico State men’s track and field. May is a new track runner for Chico State, and is one with quite a past. Born in Fayetteville, G...

Track championships under way in San Diego

Track championships under way in San Diego

Sergio Sanchez

May 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships began on Thursday for both men's and women's track & field team in San Diego.Adam Nikssarian is in good position after day one to capture his second straight podium finish at the CCAA Championships. Nikssarian set a personal record in the shot put, ...

Relay team outruns record books

Relay team outruns record books

Ryan Grady

April 16, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

Amilia Santos, Ashley Jones, Aja Erskine and Kasey Barnett make up the Chico State women's 4x100 relay team. Together they have broken the school record in the 4x100 relay race and then beat it again.All coming from different high schools, these four have found a record-topping formula for their relay team here at...

Endurance event tests Wildcat athletes

Endurance event tests Wildcat athletes

Emerson Keenan

April 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

A sport originating with runners dashing from one church to another and prancing over streams and walls during the 1800s in England eventually became an event in track and field. Steeplechase combines long-distance running with the skill of hurdling. During a 3,000-meter race, athletes must ru...

Relay team records huge time at Twilight Meet

Relay team records huge time at Twilight Meet

Nicholas Woodard

April 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The 400-meter relay team of Joey Johnson, J Patrick Smith, Theodore Elsenbaumer and John Brunk ran the sixth fastest time in school history, 41.15 seconds, at the Twilight Invitational Meet on Saturday.Four other Wildcats grabbed provisional qualifying marks: Alex McGuirk and Dayne Gradone in the 1,500 met...

Chico State dominates at home invitational

Chico State dominates at home invitational

Nicholas Woodard

March 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Track and field

The Chico State men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Chico State Four-Year Invitational and dominated. Both teams won 12 events on the way to team wins.Dallas Wilson led the men with two first place finishes in the shot put and discus. His marks of 48 feet, 9.5 inches and 147-8 were personal bests.Joey Johnson won the...

Alumni talent returns for annual meet

Alumni talent returns for annual meet

Ryan Grady

February 17, 2014


Filed under Sports

Familiar faces filled Chico State’s track Saturday for its annual alumni meet. It was a cold day, but that didn’t slow down any of the energy that was brought to the track. The day started off with head coach Oliver Hanf bringing everyone in for a team huddle and a slow clap, which brought the kind of atmosphere from a real meet...

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