2004 Season Archive
2004 Season Stories
Springhorn, a member of the cross country and track and field teams, was chosen the Wildcats' top scholar-athlete. Panttaja, who played on the women's basketball team, was picked the top inspirational scholar-athlete.
The award is named after Charnofsky, a longtime faculty athletics representative for Cal State Dominguez Hills who died in 2003. Recipients are selected by their staff members of each school's athletic department.
Springhorn also received Chico State's Scholar Athlete Award, presented earlier in the spring, which is awarded annually to a male and female intercollegiate athlete who have illustrated excellence in their academic pursuits as well as in their respective sports.
The finish ties the highest-ever mark for the Wildcat men, set last year, and marked the third year in a row they placed in the top five.
Patrick Boivin (32:28.3), who collected his third All-American honor in as many years, finished ninth overall to lead the team to a 144-point finish. Western State won with 39 points, followed by Adams State with 76, and Abilene Christian with 137. Abilene Christian's Nicodemus Naimadu was the top medalist at 31:38.1
Scott Bauhs and Joel Martinez also finished as All-Americans. Bauhs (33:03.9) was 24th overall and Martinez (33:08.9) was 27th in the 184-runner field. For Martinez, it was his second All-America honor
Seven Springhorn (33:32.8) and Antonio Miramontes (33:43.6) rounded out the Wildcat scoring, finishing 42nd and 46th, respectively.
In the women's race, the Wildcats finished sixth overall with 219 points. Adams State won its second straight national title with 31 points. Edinboro (101 pts) and Western State (134), Grand Valley State (171), and Kennesaw (215) made up the top five.
The women had our roughest day of the year, Towne said, but even on our roughest day we were still No. 6 in the nation.
Jennifer James (22:48.2), who won the 2004 CCAA individual title, gained All-American status, finishing 25th overall on the 6k course. Ciara Harvey (23:17.8) was 48th, Sarah Montez (23:22.0) finished 53rd, Kelly Ortlieb (23:36.3) was 62nd, and Mary Biggs (24:19.4) was 105th overall.
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The Wildcat men and women each finished fifth at the national championships in 2002, fourth in 2003, and they might be better than ever this season. They’ve each enjoyed a national ranking as high as No. 3 in 2004.
“We keep getting better, but so does everyone else,” said Chico State head coach Gary Towne. “It’s going to be a real challenge for us to improve on last year’s finish.”
But the Wildcats have some very talented runners who might just be up to the task. On the men’s side, the Wildcats enter ranked No. 5 in the nation having dominated the CCAA and Western Regional Championships. Chico State is paced by two-time All-American Scott Boivin, who finished 15th at last year’s national final. True freshman Scott Bauhs, who placed fourth at the regional championships despite falling three times in the muddy conditions, and Steven Springhorn, who finished third in that race, will also be expected to lead the charge.
This season has been a bit of a surprise for the women, whose top two returners chose to redshirt in 2004. But this scrappy crew has shocked everyone and enters the finals ranked No. 4 in the nation. CCAA champion Jennifer James will lead the Wildcats into battle, along with Sarah Montez and Laura Cohen, who will benefit from last year’s championship experience. Kelly Ortlieb, who placed 36th last year, is returning from a calf injury and is a bit of a question mark. How she runs could make a huge difference.
Nevertheless, in the world of Division II Cross Country, two teams from Colorado Adams State and Western State will be considered the teams to beat until someone knocks them off. Abilene Christian, Chico State, and Harding make up the top five on the men’s side, from which the individual and team champions are expected to come. For the women, seven teams are expected to be in the mix for the title: Adams State, Western State, Grand Valley State, Chico State, Edinboro, Northern Michigan, and Tampa.
Chico State, ranked No.4 nationally in both the men's and women's polls, advances to the national championships at Evansville, Ind., on Nov. 20, along with the second and third place regional finishers.
Chico State won the men's title for the third straight time, packing all seven runners into the top 11 finishers for a low score of 30 points in the 17-team field. Cal Poly Pomona was second with 73, and Seattle Pacific edged UC San Diego for third, 143 to 154.
In the women's race, the Wildcats placed five runners among the top 15 for a winning score of 49 points among 19 teams. UC San Diego was second with 96 and Alaska Anchorage edged Seattle Pacific for third place, 168 to 172.
“It seems like every year just gets a little better for us,” said Chico State coach Gary Towne, who was named the region's Coach of the Year for both men and women. “Our program is just developing and the kids are becoming accustomed to success. They just step in and know they have to represent. Just five years ago we were just happy to have a shot at getting to nationals, and now they're really kicking in and trying to become a top team.”
“The whole thing for us is just staying focused on the job at hand. We knew the weather would kind of throw things off a bit, days like this can be really equalizing. We just didn't want to become a victim of the conditions, we just wanted to make sure fitness prevailed.”
Brigham Young University-Hawaii's Chelsea Smith won her second straight individual women's title and taking the men's individual crown was Cal Poly Pomona's Mark Batres, who edged teammate Daniel Rojas by two seconds. Batres completed the 10-kilometer distance in 32:09. Smith, the defending NCAA II national champion, was clocked in 21:43 over 6-kilometers, 24 seconds ahead of Seattle Pacific's Karen Dickson.
Smith was named the Outstanding Female Performer, and Batres the Outstanding Male Performer.
TEAM RESULTS - 1. Chico State 30, 2. Cal Poly Pomona 73, 3.Seattle Pacific 143, 4. UC San Diego 154, 5. Alaska Anchorage 180, 6. Western Washington 197, 6. Western Oregon 197, 8. Humboldt State 200, 9. Central Washington 229, 10. Northwest Nazarene 231, 11. BYU Hawaii 240, 12. Cal State Stanislaus 316, 13. Saint Martin's 353, 14. Seattle U. 363, 15. Hawaii Hilo 377, 16. San Francisco State 401, 17. Montana State Billings 538.
CHICO INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (10K) - 3. Steven Springhorn 32:23, 4. Scott Bauhs 32:42, 6. Patrick Boivin 32:55, 8. Chris Layman 33:24, 9. Kyle Ivie 33:26, 10. Antonio Miramontes 33:30, 11. Charlie Serrano 33:31.
TEAM RESULTS - 1. Chico State 49, 2. UC San Diego 96, 3. Alaska Ancorage 168, 4. Seattle Pacific 172, 5. Central Washington 178, 6. Cal Poly Pomona 179, 7. Seattle U. 225, 8. Western Washington 231, 9. BYU Hawaii 234, 10. Cal State Stanislaus 256, 11. Humboldt State 279, 12. Montana State Billings 294, 13. Cal State San Bernardino 303, 14. Cal State Bakersfield 353, 15. Northwest Nazarene 356, 16. Saint Martin's 415, 17. Western Oregon 429, 18. Cal State Los Angeles 436, 19. San Francisco State 533.
CHICO INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (6K) - 6. Jennifer James 23:23, 7. Sarah Montez 23:29, 8. Ciara Harvey 23:30, 13. Mary Biggs 23:47, 15. Laura Cohen 23:50, 22. Paige Osborn 24:11, 30. Hilary Oppido 24:22.
The 10-kilometer men's race starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by the women's 6-kilometer run at 11:45 a.m. The top three teams in both the men's and women's divisions advance to the national championships at Evansville, Ind., on Nov. 20.
Chico State is the pre-meet favorite to win both the men's and women's team titles. The defending champion Wildcat women are ranked No.4 nationally in the NCAA II Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 and No. 1 in the West Region, and the men, who have won the last two regional crowns, are rated No.4 nationally and No. 1 in the West.
Chico State dominated the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships on Oct. 23, the women sweeping the top five places, and the men putting seven runners among the top 10.
Cal Poly Pomona features two of the favorites to win the men's individual title in Daniel Rojas and Mark Batres, who finished 1-2 at the CCAA Championships. Chico State's Patrick Boivin, along with many of his Wildcat teammates, will also contend.
The seven runners representing Chico State are seniors Chris Layman (All-CCAA, All-West) and Steven Springhorn (All-CCAA), junior Boivin (All-CCAA, All-West, All-American), sophomores Charlie Serrano (All-CCAA, All-West, track All-American) and Antonio Miramontes (All-CCAA), and freshmen Scott Bauhs (All-CCAA) and Ivie (All-CCAA).
Favorites for the women's individual title are Brigham Young-Hawaii's Chelsea Smith and Seattle Pacific's Karen Dickson. Smith is the reigning NCAA II national and regional champion, while Dickson has won all five meets she's competed in this fall, including the Western Invitational at Lake Padden Park on Oct. 9. Chico State also has runners who should battle for the title, led by CCAA champion Jennifer James.
The seven runners representing Chico State are seniors Paige Osborn (All-CCAA and All-West as a freshman) and Laura Cohen (All-CCAA), Juniors James (track All-American), Mary Biggs (All-CCAA) and Ciara Harvey (All-CCAA), and sophomores Sarah Montez (All-CCAA, All-West) and Hilary Oppido.
In the women's race, Chico State's Jennifer James finished the 5,600 meters in 20:09, followed by teammates Kelly Ortllieb (20:28), Mary Biggs (20:31), Laura Cohen (20:34), and Ciara Harvey (20:38). All of them, along with teammate Sarah Montez, who finished 13th, garnered All-CCAA honors.
In the men's race, Cal Poly Pomona took home first and second place, but eight Wildcats were right behind, led by Patrick Boivin in third. He finished the 7,200 meter course in 22:36, 17 seconds behind race winner Daniel Rojas. Wildcats Antonio Miramontes (22:42) was fourth, followed by Scott Bauhs (22:42), Beau Bettinger (22:44), Kyle Ivie (22:45), Steven Springhorn (22:46), Charlie Serrano (22:52), and Joe Martinez (22:58). All earned All-CCAA honors, along with 13th-place finisher Chris Layman (23:35), and 14th-place finisher Ernesto Hernandez (23:38).
Chico State's Gary Towne was named the Coach of the Year in both the men's and women's divisions. Chico State's Bauh's was named the men's Freshman of the Year, while Diane Dunn of UC San Diego was the women's Freshman of the Year. Rojas and James earned CCAA Athlete of the Year honors in their respective divisions.
Springhorn, a senior from Redding, led the Wildcats to their third-straight Willamette Invitational team championship last week, as he finished the 8,000-meter course fifth out of 261 runners. He crossed the tape in 24:25, marking the second consecutive week he has run a sub-24:30 time.
Oct. 4 Women's rankings (top 10 of 25 listed)
Oct. 4 Men's rankings (top 10 of 25 listed)
The Wildcats' Pat Boivin took third overall in 24 minutes, 18 seconds, to lead the team to a 33-point finish in the 28-school field.
The Wildcats had eight runners place in the top 14 including: Steven Springhorn, fifth (25:25), Scott Bauhs, sixth (24:26), and Antonio Miramontes, 10th (24:37).
Edinboro University from Pennsylvania finished the 5-mile course a distant second with 117 points.
Mary Biggs finished the women's 3.1-mile course in 17:43, good for fourth, as the Wildcats earned 48 points.
Jennifer James took fifth (17:46) and Kelly Ortlieb finished eighth (17:56) in the 31-school field.
Edinboro University took second with 82 points.
Steven Springhorn led the Wildcat attack, finishing as the first non-Division I runner across the line. His time of 24:13 was good enough for sixth place overall.
The men's squad tied with Stanford for second place with 79 points, behind the winner Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which finished with 43 points.
The men's squad also competed in the 4k event, finishing fourth overall, behind Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA.
The women tallied 98 points to finish third behind the winner Stanford with 34 points and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with 34.
Jennifer James finished seventh overall with a time of 22:14 and was the top non-Division I finisher. It is the first time in Chico State women's cross country history that a runner has finished in the top ten of the prestigious Stanford Invite.
The Wildcat women also competed in the 4k race, finishing 15th as a team.
Biggs, a junior from Ventura, finished 2nd overall and 1st among collegians at the Fresno State Invitational last week. She finished the 5,000-meter race in 17:57, just one second behind the winner, to lead the Wildcats to a 2nd-place team finish among mostly NCAA Division I schools.
Boivin, a junior from Rocklin, finished 3rd overall at the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 10), covering the 8,000-meter course in 25:22, just over a 5-minute per mile pace. He led the Wildcats to a 2nd-place team finish in a field that consistently entirely of NCAA Division I teams other than Chico.
The Chico State men finished second in a seven-team field. Only Division I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which finished 14th in the nation last season, bested the Wildcats. The Chico State women also finished second. Only Division I UC Santa Barbara, which finished 29th in the nation last season, finished ahead of Chico State.
Mary Biggs paced the Chico State women by finishing first among attached runners. She finished one second behind unattached racer Kara June in the race to the finish, and 15 seconds ahead of the next competitor. She ran the five-kilometer course in 17:57.
The Wildcats' Jennifer James finished eighth, Kelly Ortlieb and Ciara Harvey finished 11th and 12th, respectively, and Paige Osborn grabbed 24th place. Laura Cohen and Sarah Montez, who finished 30th and 33rd, rounded out Chico's scorers.
For the men, veteran Patrick Boivin led the way with his 3rd-place finish. He covered the eight-kilometer course in 25:22. Scott Bauhs, a Chico State freshman, who was running unattached because he may redshirt, finished fifth overall. Chris Eggers grabbed ninth place, still only 16 seconds behind the winner, while Antonio Miramontes, Steven Springhorn, and Chris Layman crossed the finish line in 12th, 13th, and 14th place, respectively. Shea Rollin finished 22nd and Kyle Ivie 24th to finish out Chico State's scoring. Beau Bettinger finished 25th.
Chico State Individual Results
On the both sides, the usual suspects, Adams State and Western State are the top two teams, respectively. Nevertheless, the Wildcat men return a solid group that includes 2003 All-Americans Pat Boivin, Chris Eggers, and Joel Martinez, track Al-Americans Charlie Serrano and Steven Springhorn. With that leadership, they hope to challenge for a national title.
The Chico State women are ranked behind Adams State, Western State, and Grand Valley State. The women return track All-American Jennifer James, Laura Cohen, '03 All-American Kelly Ortlieb, Sarah Montez (All region ’03), Paige Osborn (All-CCAA and All-Region ’00), and Dallase Scott. With the addition of some solid recruits, the Wildcats are looking forward to 2004 even though arguably their finest two distance runners of all time Katie Lee and Missy Lendl will both redshirt this year.
Chico State opens its season this Saturday at the Fresno Invitational which will feature Cal Poly SLO (men were 14th @ DI NCAA championships last fall), UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkley, Fresno State, and Santa Clara University.
In 2003 the 'Cats combined for two conference titles, two regional titles, and two fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. Returning a host of proven talent, along with the addition of some amazing recruits, the ’Cats will be tough to slow down in 2004.