2002 Season Archive

The Chico State Cross Country teams and their faithful fans
on the championship course in Ashland, Ohio.

Chico State Men and Women finish 5th in nation!
Chris Eggers and Patrick Boivin earn All-American Status
(Nov. 23) The Chico State harriers proved they are a force to be reckoned with, as both squads finished fifth in the nation at the NCAA D-II National Championships in Ashland, Ohio.

Head Coach Gary Towne has done an excellent job with the program since taking over in 1996. The men's team entered the competition boasting the No. 3 ranking in the nation and came home with the Wildcats fourth top-10 finish at nationals. The men finished ninth last year.

The women, who recently slipped to No. 11 in the national poll, made everyone remember why they had been ranked higher throughout the season. The 'Cats finished fifth overall, giving them their highest finish ever at the championship level.

Men's Team Standings (top ten)

1. 35 Western State College (CO) (31:28.3 157:21.5)
2. 81 Abilene Christian University (TX) (31:47.6 158:58.0)
3. 131 Adams State College (CO) (32:07.0 160:34.7)
4. 143 South Dakota State University (32:21.7 161:48.2)
5. 154 California State University, Chico (32:21.5 161:47.1)
6. 206 University of Massachusetts Lowell (32:41.1 163:25.4)
7. 265 Missouri Southern State College (32:57.5 164:47.1)
8. 282 University of California, Davis (33:00.6 165:02.7)
9. 283 Grand Valley State University (MI) (33:03.1 165:15.3)
10. 327 Fort Hays State University (KS) (33:09.5 165:47.3)

Chico State individual results

9 Chris Eggers 31:36.7 (All-American)
18 Patrick Boivin 32:03.0 (All-American)
32 Matt Falkner 32:25.7
37 Juan Sanchez 32:33.1
58 Christopher Layman 33:08.7
( 94) Vernon Ruiz 33:45.2
(110) Joel Martinez 34:06.0

Women's Team Standings (top ten)

1. 43 Western State College (CO) (21:56.8 109:44.0)
2. 46 Adams State College (CO) (21:52.5 109:22.3)
3. 97 Grand Valley State University (MI) (22:43.5 113:37.5)
4. 129 Northern Michigan University (22:54.6 114:32.8)
5. 241 California State University, Chico (23:26.9 117:14.2)
6. 248 University of North Florida (23:20.6 116:42.9)
7. 249 South Dakota State University (23:24.3 117:01.1)
8. 255 Kennesaw State University (GA) (23:21.4 116:46.9)
9. 274 Wayne State University (MI) (23:28.9 117:24.2)
10. 287 University of California, Davis (23:36.5 118:02.3)

Chico State individual results

30 Margaret Pridgen 23:05.0
44 Missy Lendl 23:24.2
47 Jennifer James 23:28.5
58 Sarah Hallas 23:36.9
62 Katie Lee 23:39.6
( 64) Jasmine Green 23:41.8
(108) Lyndsey Kuehn 24:29.0

Chico State men win West Regional;
Women finish second!
FRESNO – The Chico State men's cross country team claimed the Western Regional Championship in decisive fashion Saturday, smashing runner-up UC Davis 43-86 at Woodward Park in Fresno. The women's team was nipped by UC Davis, 86-91, but finished comfortably in second place. For their efforts, both teams will be headed to Ashland, Ohio for the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships Nov. 23. The top three men's and women's teams from the regional are headed to Ohio.

Chris Eggers led the Chico State men with a second-place effort. He finished the 6.2 mile course in 32:10, just 12 seconds behind Western Washington's Paul Kezes. All five of the Widcats finished in the top 13, Matt Faulkner finished sixth at 33:06, Patrick Boivin finished ninth at 33:13, Juan Sanchez came in 11th at 33:18, and Vernon Ruiz grabbed 13th place in a time of 33:28.

Sophomore Katie Lee paced the Chico State women with a seventh-place finish, but the Wildcats couldn't overcome a strong performance by UC Davis. Lee finished the 3.7 mile race in 22:20, trailing winner Ann Marie Housen of Cal State L.A. by 53 seconds. A logjam of Chico State runners clocked in at just over 23 minutes to assure the Wildcats of a berth in the National Championships. Sarah Hallas' time of 23:02 was good enough for 19th place, and Magaret Pridgen followed close behind in 23:05 for 20th place. Missy Lendl and Jasmine Green finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively, with times of 23:06 and 23:07.

After the event, Chico State's Gary Towne was named the Region's men's coach of the year.

At the National Championships, the UC Davis, Chico State, and UC San Diego women will represent the Western Region, along with the Chico State, UC Davis, and University of Alaska Anchorage men.


Chico State dethrones UC Davis in both divisions to earn first crowns
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Chico State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams won their first California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships on Saturday with impressive performances in both divisions at the league championships in Bakersfield.

The Wildcat men dethroned four-time defending champion UC Davis, 29 to 38, on the strength of four top-6 finishes. Chris Eggers finished 2nd behind Cal Poly Pomona freshman Mark Batres, who won the 8,000-meter competition in a course record time of 24:52. Batres earned CCAA Runner and Freshman of the Year honors for his effort.

Eggers came in at 24:56, teammate Matt Faulkner placed 3rd in 24:58, and Juan Sanchez and Patrick Boivin finished 5th and 6th, respectively.

UC Davis was paced by 4th-place finisher Steve Laurie (25:02), 7th-place harrier Stephan Fairclough (25:17), John Kuehn (8th, 25:21) and Alex Daniels (9th, 25:21).

The Wildcat women also ended UC Davis’ four-year reign as CCAA Champion, edging the Aggies by a score of 42 to 55.

Margaret Pridgen was the top Wildcat runner, finishing 3rd in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 21:44. Chico’s championship effort was bolstered by 6th-place finisher Katie Lee (21:50) and top 15 performances by Sarah Hallas (10th), Lyndsey Kuehn (11th), Jasmine Green (12th) and Missy Lendl (13th).

Cal State L.A. freshman Annmarie Housen earned the individual championship, CCAA Women’s Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors with a course-record time of 20:52, nearly 30 seconds ahead of fellow All-CCAA honoree and runner-up Audrey Sung of UC San Diego.

Chico head coach Gary Towne was named CCAA Men’s Coach of the Year, as well as CCAA Women’s Coach of the Year.

Top 15 finishers comprise the 2002 All-CCAA Teams. Individual champions earn 2002 CCAA Runner of the Year honors. Complete results are available
at www.goccaa.org

MEN’S TEAM RESULTS: 1. Chico State 28; 2. UC Davis 39; 3. Cal Poly Pomona 89; 4. UC San Diego 91; 5. Cal State Stanislaus 149; 6. San Francisco State 170.

Top 15 (All-CCAA): 1. Mark Batres (Pomona) 24:52.31; 2. Chris Eggers (Chico) 24:56.77; 3. Matt Faulkner (Chico) 24:58.08; 4. Steve Laurie (UC Davis) 25:02.18; 5. Juan Sanchez (Chico) 25:06.66; 6. Patrick Boivin (Chico) 25:10.59; 7. Steve Fairclough (UC Davis) 25:17.05; 8. Jak Kuehn (UC Davis) 25:21.23; 9. Alex Daniels (UC Davis) 25:21.66; 10. Neil Kalra (UC San Diego) 25:30.39; 11. Nate Bristow (UC Davis) 25:33.93; 12. Vernon Ruiz (Chico) 25:37.40; 13. Steven Springhorn (Chico) 25:39.90; 14. Matt Laye (UC Davis) 25:40.53; 15. Matt Rainwater (Pomona) 25:46.74.

WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS: 1. Chico State 42; 2. UC Davis 55; 3 CS Stanislaus 91; 4. UC San Diego 106; 5. San Francisco State 178; 6. Cal Poly Pomona 179; 7. Sonoma State 181; 8. CS, San Bernardino 198; 9. Cal State L.A. 241; 10. CS Bakersfield 295; 10. CS Dominguez Hills 295.

Top 15 (All–CCAA): 1. Annmarie Housen (CSULA) 20:52.10; 2. Audrey Sung (UCSD) 21:21.27; 3. Margaret Pridgen (Chico) 21:44.90; 4. Laura Cherdack (UC Davis) 21:47.09; 5. Sopagna Eap (UC Davis) 21:48.22; 6. Katie Lee (Chico) 21:50.44; 7. Shannon O’Connor (SF State) 21:55.16; 8. Wendy Fortino (Stanislaus) 21:58.15; 9. Tanya Zeferjahn (CSUSB) 21:59.01; 10. Sarah Hallas (Chico) 22:00.06; 11. Lyndsey Kuehn (Chico) 22:00.40; 12. Jasmine Green (Chico) 22:00.83; 13. Missy Lendl (Chico) 22:01.40; 14. Jessica Neu (UC Davis) 22:07. 12; 15. Ann Glenn (UC Davis) 22:07.87.

Matt Faulkner named CCAA Runner of the Week

Chico State’s Matt Faulkner has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of September 30-October 6.

Faulkner, a sophomore from Oregon City, Ore., returned to his home state and led the Wildcats to the team championship of the Willamette Invitational last week. He finished the 8,000-meter course in 24:30 to place 4th out of 366 runners as Chico finished atop the 40-squad field.

Plenty of competition at Stanford Invite
Running in near perfect conditions, temperature in the 70s, the Wildcats entered runners in six different races. Chicop's top seven runners were entered in the men's scored 8k and the women's collegiate 6k. Competition wasn't hard to come by as each field was loaded with talented teams, including many DI programs.

Chris Eggers named CCAA Runner of the Week

Chico State's Chris Eggers has bee named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Cross Country runner of the Week for the week of September 9-15.

Eggers, a sophomore from Livermore, won the 8,000-meter men's competition at the 38th annual Fresno Invitational with a time of 25:44. He took the lead three miles into the race and never relinquished it, finishing 15 seconds ahead of teammate Matt Faulkner, who placed second. Eggers and Faulkner led the Wildcats to the team championship over UC Davis, Fresno State, and UC San Diego, among others.

Wildcats open season impressively at Fresno Invite
It's not every day that both the men's and women's cross country teams defeat a top three-ranked team in a big invitational setting, but this was indeed the case in Fresno. With great front running and solid depth, Chico State's men's and women's cross country teams soundly defeated UC Davis at the Fresno State Invitational. Both Davis squads entered the weekend ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Wildcat men and women on top of regional rankings
The current Division II cross country West region poll finds both Chico State teams at the top of the rankings.

Men - West Region Rankings - 9/16/02
1. CSU Chico
2. UC Davis
3. UC San Diego
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. Humboldt State
6. Alaska Anchorage
7. Central Washington
8. Northwest Nazarine
9. Hawaii Pacific
10 Western Washington

Women - West Region Rankings - 9/16/02
1. CSU Chico
2. UC San Diego
3. UC Davis
4. Humboldt State
5. Central Washington
6. Cal State Stanislaus
7. Western Washington
8. Hawaii Pacific
9. Alaska Anchorage
10. Western Oregon

Wildcat men win Fresno Invite
Women finish second
The Chico State cross country teams showed that the national rankings were for real as they competed in their first races of the year at the 38th annual Fresno State Invitational on Sept. 14. The event was a preview of the West Regional which will be held at the same course in Woodward Park in early November.

The Chico men, ranked No. 9 in the nation, won the event, beating out No. 3 ranked UC Davis. All seven Wildcat runners finished among the top 30 in the 77-participant field. Chris Eggers won the 8k event in a time of 25:44, followed by teammates Matt Faulkner in second place at 25:59, Vernon Ruiz (11th, 26:30), Zach Tarver (12th, 26:32), Patrick Boivin (19th, 26:41), Joel Martinez (22nd, 26:59), and Juan Sanchez (30th, 27:17).

The Chico women, ranked No. 14, finished in second place behind Nevada-Reno. Katie Lee was the first Wildcat across the finish line in 10th place with a ime of 19:00 over the 5k course. Sarah Halles finished 13th (19:03), follwed by Kelly Ortlieb (19th, 19:20), Lyndsey Kuehn (26th, 19:25), Candace Joseph (30th, 19:32), Laura Cohen (35th, 19:37), and Missy Lendl (37th, 19:37).

Emma Garrard of Nevada Reno won the womens' race, which featured 142 runners, with a time of 17:59.

Wildcats in the rankings

In the first rankings of the 2002 season, the Chico State cross country teams got the respect they deserve. The men's team enters the year ranked No. 9 and the women are ranked No. 14 in the nation.