|2002 Season Archive|
Chico State Men and Women finish 5th in nation!
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)
Chico State individual results
9 Chris Eggers 31:36.7 (All-American)
Women's Team Standings (top ten)
1. 43 Western State College (CO) (21:56.8 109:44.0)
Chico State individual results
30 Margaret Pridgen 23:05.0
Chico State men win West Regional;
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.
WILDCATS WIN CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Chico State dethrones UC Davis in both divisions to earn first crowns
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
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 (AllCCAA): 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
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
Wildcat men and women on top of regional rankings
Men - West Region Rankings - 9/16/02
Women - West Region Rankings - 9/16/02
Wildcat men win Fresno Invite
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.