2003 Season Archive
Chico State men and women both finish fourth at NCAA Championships in North Carolina
The goal for both teams this season was to finish as one of the top four teams in the nation and bring home a trophy, which are only given to the top four spots.
The fourth place finish is the best in school history for the women's program and on the men's side, second only to a third-place finish by the 1969 squad. Both teams finished fifth last year.
The quest for the hardware was a battle for the men's squad which just beat out Western State by three points for the coveted fourth-place spot. Adams State won the event with 40 points, followed by Abilene Christian (68 points), Harding (86 points), Chico State (147 points), and Western State (150 points).
It is the men's sixth top-ten finish in the last nine years.
Sophomore Patrick Boivin (31:35.3) led the men's squad with a 15th overall finish and took home All-American honors for the second straight year. Senior Tyler Graff (31:44.1), who is the first Chico State runner to compete in four NCAA Championships, also took home All-American honors with a 20th-place finish. Sophomore Joel Martinez (32:08.6) also received All-American status, finishing 27th overall.
Senior Vernon Ruiz (32:44.0) was the fourth scorer for Chico State, finishing 43th and freshman Charlie Serrano (33:03.9) rounded out the Wildcats' scoring with his 57st-place finish.
Steven Springhorn (34:24.0) finished 109th and Chris Layman (34:24.5) was 110th out of the 176-runner field.
In the women's race, Chico (201 points) ended with a comfortable 63-point advantage over fifth place Harding (264 points). Adams State (38 points) also won the women's championship, followed by Western State (101 points) and Grand Valley State (143 points).
Junior Missy Lendl (22:11.5) put in another tremendous performance for the 'Cats, finishing 18th overall to earn All-American honors. Sophomore Kelly Ortlieb (22:34.4) finished 36th overall and also attained All-American status. Lendl and Ortlieb's All-American honors are the first ever for the Chico State women's cross country program.
Senior Margaret Pridgen (22:57.0) was the third Wildcat finisher, coming in 46th, freshman Sarah Montez (23:31.9) finished 83rd, and junior Katie Lee (23:39.1) finished 90th overall to round out the Wildcat scoring.
Jennifer James (23:58.5) finished 104th and Laura Cohen (24:19.7) was 130th out of the 189 runners.
The women's program has finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships six of the last seven years.
It was the first West Region championship in the history of the program for the women. The men's team won its second straight title.
Chico State dominated the regional. The Wildcat men won with just 28 points, easily besting runner-up UC San Diego's 79 points, third-place Cal Poly Pomona's 91 points and fourth-place Western Washington's 105 points. All four teams will advance to the national championships.
On the women's side, the top-ranked Wildcats finished with only 38 points and had a whopping 86-point advantage over second-place UC San Diego's total of 124. Cal State Stanislaus locked up the third and final team berth for the women, edging Alaska Anchorage by just one point, 176-177.
In the men's race, William Ngetich, a sophomore from Hawaii Pacific, won with a time of 31:40.5 over the 10,000-meter course at Prado Park. Chico State's Tyler Graff, the CCAA individual champion, was second at 31:48.8. Cal Poly Pomona took the third and fourth spots with Daniel Rojas' 31:56.6 and Mark Batres' 32:07.1.
The Wildcats claimed the 5th -8th spots to wrap up the dominating team performance: Patrick Boivin was fifth at 32:17.6; Charlie Serrano took sixth at 32.35.4; Joel Martinez finish seventh at 32:37.1; and Chris Layman was eighth at 32:37.5.
Ngetich and Douglas Hamilton of Humboldt State, who finished 10th in 32:42.6 advance to the national championships as individuals.
In the women's race, Chelsea Smith of BYU Hawaii was an impressive winner in 20:54.3 over Prado Parks 6,000 meter course. She won by 55 seconds over second-place finisher Nina Christensen of Hawaii Pacific, who finished in 21:49.9. Sarah Bouchard of Cal State L.A. was third in 22:00.8, Missy Lendl of Chico State was fourth in 22:16.9 and Laura Trevellyan of Western Washington was fifth in 22:22.0.
Smith, Christensen, Bouchard and Trevellyan advance as individuals to the national championships along with the teams from Chico State, UC San Diego and Cal State Stanislaus.
Just as they did in the men's race, Chico State packed five runners into the Top 10 in the women's race. Margaret Pridgen was seventh in 22:30.9, Kelly Ortlieb was eighth in 22:34.0, Sarah Montez was ninth in 22:48.8 and Katie Lee was 10th in 22:50.1.
The top 15 in both races receive All-Region honors.
NCAA Division II West Regional
Men 10,000 Meters
Team scores (Top four advance to NCAA Championships): 1. Chico State 28; 2. UC San Diego 79; 3. Cal Poly Pomona 91; 4. Western Washington 105; 5. Alaska Anchorage 147; 6. Humboldt State 182; 7. Western Oregon, Hawaii Pacific 214; 9. BYU Hawaii, Saint Martins 262; 11. Seattle University 269; 12. Central Washington 283; 13. Northwest Nazarene 302; 14. Hawaii Hilo 376; 15. Chaminade 425; 16. San Francisco State 453; 17. Montana State Billings 513.
Individuals (Top 15 Earn All-Region Honors): 1. William Ngetrich (Hawaii Pacific) 31:40.5; 2. Tyler Graff (Chico State) 31:48.8; 3. Daniel Rojas (Cal Poly Pomona) 31:56.6; 4. Mark Batres (Cal Poly Pomona) 32:07.1; 5. Patrick Boivin (Chico State) 32:17.1; 6. Charlie Serrano (Chico State) 32:35.4; 7. Joel Martinez (Chico State) 32:37.1; 8. Christopher Layman (Chico State) 32:37.5; 9. Robert Eap (UC San Diego) 32:38.2; 10. Douglas Hamilton (Humboldt State) 32:42.6; 11. Brian Brancheau (Western Washington) 32:43.6; 12. Chase Wells (Western Oregon) 32:45.5; 13. Brandon Stum (Alaska Anchorage) 32:47.0; 14. Julian Nahan (UC San Diego) 32:48.0; 15. Kurt Hartmaier (Western Washington) 32:48.3.
Women 6,000 Meters
Team Scores (Top three advance to NCAA Championships): 1. Chico State 38; 2. UC San Diego 124; 3. Cal State Stanislaus 176; 4. Alaska Anchorage 177; 5. Seattle Pacific 209; 6. Central Washington 219; 7. Western Washington 242; 8. Cal State Dominguez Hills 275; 9. Hawaii Pacific 278; 10. Seattle University 292; 11. Sonoma State 321; 12. Cal Poly Pomona 326; 13. Western Oregon 358; 14. Cal State San Bernardino 403; 15. Hawaii Hilo 405; 16. Humboldt State 412; 17. Cal State Bakersfield 431; 18. BYU Hawaii 441; 19. Cal State L.A. 478; 20. Northwest Nazarene 510; 21. Saint Martins 525; 22. Chaminade 546; 23. Montana State-Billings 549; 24. San Francisco State 609.
Individuals (Top 15 Earn All-Region Honors): 1. Chelsea Smith (BYU Hawaii) 20:54.3; 2. Nina Christensen (Hawaii Pacific) 21:49.9; 3. Sarah Bouchard (Cal State L.A.) 22:00.8; 4. Missy Lendl (Chico State) 22:16.9; 5. Laura Trevellyan (Western Washington) 22:22.0; 6. Tina Firouz (UC San Diego) 22:25.5; 7. Margaret Pridgen (Chico State) 22:30.9; 8. Kelly Ortlieb (Chico State) 22:34.0; 9. Sarah Montez (Chico State) 22:48.8; 10. Katie Lee (Chico State) 22:50.1; 11. Janine Brown (Hawaii Pacific) 22:50.4; 12. Jamie Witt (Seattle Pacific) 22:51.7; 13. Stephanie Holley (Cal State Stanislaus) 22:54.3; 14. Tanya Zeferjahn (Cal State San Bernardino) 22:57.9; 15. Chandra Farnam (Sonoma State) 23:01.6.
Both Chico State squads are ranked No. 4 in the latest national poll and No. 1 in the West region. The Wildcat men enter the regional as the defending champion, while the women will be shooting for their first regional team title, after finishing second at last year's competition.
Athletes from all across the West will participate in the regional, with the top three women's and top four men's squads advancing to the NCAA championship event to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Nov. 22.
The Wildcat men, ranked 4th nationally in NCAA Division II, produced nine top-15 finishes to easily top runner-up Cal Poly Pomona (27 to 49) and claim its second CCAA crown in as many years. Chico’s women, ranked 5th nationally, were just as dominant, as five Wildcats finished among the top 15 en route to its second straight CCAA title with a 28 to 73 margin over runner-up UC San Diego.
Senior Tyler Graff won the CCAA Men’s Individual Championship with an 8,000-meter course-record time of 24:21.8, four seconds ahead of 2nd-place Daniel Rojas (24:25.4) of Cal Poly Pomona. Graff also earned CCAA Men’s Runner of the Year honors for his effort. Defending CCAA Champion Mark Batres of Pomona finished 3rd (24:34.6) while UC San Diego’s Neil Kalra took 4th (24:37.7).
Chico then took the next six places, as Patrick Boivin, Beau Bettinger, Vernon Ruiz, Steven Springhorn, Joel Martinez and Charlie Serrano finished in succession. Rounding out the All-CCAA squad were UC San Diego’s Robert Eap, Chico’s Chris Layman and Antonio Miramontes, and Pomona’s Daniel Cerecerez and James Tawney. The top 15 finishers comprise the 2003 All-CCAA team.
UC San Diego’s Steve Vargas (23rd 26:10.0) received CCAA Freshman of the Year honors and Cal Poly Pomona coach Jim Sackett was named Coach of the Year.
Cal State L.A. sophomore Sarah Bouchard became the second Golden Eagle in as many years to win the CCAA Women’s Individual Championship and earn CCAA Women’s Runner of the Year honors, completing the 6,000-meter course in 21:21.6. Bouchard came in 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Katie Lee (21:40.6) of Chico State.
Chico’s Missy Lendl finished 3rd (21:50.7), and UC San Diego’s Tina Firouz (22:02.6) finished 4th. The head coaches named Firouz CCAA Freshman of the Year following the meet.
Rounding out the top 10 were Chico’s Margaret Pridgen (5th 22:10.7) and Kelly Ortlieb (22:15.1), Cal State Bakersfield’s Ryan Mayfield (22:16.8), Cal State L.A.’s Annmarie Housen (22:19.5), Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Jenny Buncio (22:22.1) and UCSD’s Lindsay Stalker (22:24.3).
Other All-CCAA honorees, finishing 11th through 15th, were Cal State Stanislaus’ Stephanie Holley, Chico’s Kristy Cangiamilla, Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Alejandra Contreras, Pomona’s Christina Jimenez, and Chico’s Jennifer James.
The Chico State men's and women's squads look to defend their two CCAA crowns earned last year. Both squads are ranked No. 1 in the West region and in the top five in the nation in the latest NCAA polls. UC San Diego, which is ranked No. 2 in the West region for both men's and women's, will have their sights set on upsetting the favored Wildcats. Cal Poly Pomona's men's team and the CSU Stanislaus women could surprise the higher-ranked squads, as each are very talented.
In the men's race defending champion Mark Batres from Cal Poly Pomona returns as the favorite. Batres won the CCAA title as a true freshman last fall. His teammate Daniel Rojas who has a 5k PR of 14:18 will also be a factor in the individual race. Despite losing last year's CCAA individual runner-up, Chris Eggers, due to recent knee surgery, the Chico State men's team fields two solid threats to the individual title. Tyler Graff and Patrick Boivin will lead the Chico charge up front as they have most of the season. Both have shown that they can run with very fast company during the course of the season. Both finished in the top 15 overall at the Stanford Invitational, well ahead of all other Non-Division I athletes, and the two placed first and second overall at the most recent Willamette Invitational, easily besting all D-I times for the day. The race for the individual men's title should be an exciting one
Chico also has a legitamete contender for the individual title in Katie Lee. Lee, who has won two of the three races she has entered this season, has two years of experience in the CCAA and has logged up to 80 miles a week in preparation for Saturday's big race. Lee owns three school records on the track and is a two-time All American. The Wildcats also have two more contenders in Margaret Pridgen, who finished third at last year's CCAA Championship, and Missy Lendl, who finished second overall behind teammate Lee at the Willamette Invitational two weeks ago.
The awards ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. All-CCAA awards will be presented to the top 15 runners in each race. Team awards will be given to the winning men's and women's squad.
The race is a PA USATF cross country series race and features mostly post-collegiate particpants who run for various running clubs from across the state. However, CCAA foes Cal State Stanislaus, Sonoma State, and San Francisco State also fielded full teams.
Women's individual results:
Boivin, a sophomore from Rocklin, finished 2nd to teammate Tyler Graff at the Willamette Invitational collegiate race, completing the 8,000-meter course in 24:16.25 to help the Wildcats win the 26-team competition.
Lee, a junior from Danville, won the Willamette Invitational collegiate race with a personal best time to lead the Wildcats to the team championship ahead of 26 other teams. She completed the 5,000-meter course in 17:48.29.
Katie Lee and Missy Lendl finished first and second, respectively, to lead the women to victory. Meanwhile, Tyler Graff and Patrick Boivin took the first two spots to lead the Wildcat men to another win.
The women's 42-point total was easily enough to beat second-place UC San Diego, which finished with 75. The men outdistanced runner-up Eastern Oregon 45-58.
After Lee, who finished more than five seconds ahead of the pack at 17:48 over the 5K course, the race was relatively close. Margaret Pridgen grabbed 11th for the Wildcats in 18:14, while Kelly Ortlieb finished 13th in 18:17. Finishing out the scoring for the Wildcats, ranked No. 4 in the Nation and No. 1 in the West Region entering the weekend, was Laura Cohen in 15th in 18:19.
Graff and Boivin finished the 8K men's course in 24:15.97 and 24:16.25, respectively. Other scorers for the Wildcats, also ranked No. 4 in the Nation and No. 1 in the West Region, included Chris Layman (12th, 24:53), Vernon Ruiz (13th, 24:54) and Charlie Serrano (17th, 25:00).
Chico State next competes at the Sierra College Invite on Oct. 11 before hosting the CCAA Cross Country Championship Oct. 25 in Bidwell Park.
In the men's 8k race, Chico's Patrick Boivin finished eighth overall to led the team to a third-place finish. The only teams to beat the Wildcats was the top D-I team in the nation, Stanford, and No. 24 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
3. 92 CHICO STATE (24:56 124:38) ===================================
In the men's short race, which covered a 4k course, Chico finished fifth overall led by Joel Martinez, who finished 17 overall.
5. 139 CHICO STATE (13:01 65:03) ===================================
In the women's 5k event, Margret Prdgen led the Wildcats to their first top-ten finish ever at the Stanford Invite. Chico State edged out long-time rival UC Davis by one point.
7. 256 CHICO STATE (23:00 114:57) ===================================
In the women's 4k Chico State did not score as a team due to the fact that one runner did not have on her assigned number. Following are the times of Chico's four runners:
33 Holly Root FR 15:46
Graff, a senior from Flower Mound, Texas, finished 1st among collegians at the UC Davis Aggie Open last week, completing the 8,000-meter course in 24:58.60. He led the Wildcats to a 1st-place team finish out of eight teams.
Lee finished the 5,000-meter run in 18:19.9 to help the Chico State women to a second-place finish. Missy Lendl (18:43) finished fifth among Division II competitors, Margaret Pridgen (18:56) finished ninth, Laura Cohen (19:09) grabbed the 17th position, and Sarah Montez (19:17) finished 21st.
The Wildcat women finished with 53 points and just got nipped by UC Davis with 48.
On the men's side, it wasn't even close.Among Division II runners over the 8,000-meter course, Chico State's Tyler Graff (24:58), Steven Springhorn (25:06), Vernon Ruiz (25:35), Patrick Boivin (25:35), Chris Layman (25:47), and Antonio Miramontes (25:51) finished first through sixth. Zachary Tarver (9th, 26:05) and Joel Martinexz (13th, 26:35) also ran very well.
The Wildcats hammered the field, defeating second-place UC Davis 15-48.
The only other CCAA teams in the men's ranking are No. 12 UC San Diego and No. 16 Cal Poly Pomona. The UC San Diego women are ranked 16th.
Both squads are ranked No. 1 in the West region. UC San Diego is ranked second in both the men's and women's polls.
The Wildcats open the 2003 season with the Aggie Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:00.