2006 Season Archive

Day Date Meet Place
Sat. Sep. 9 Chico State Invitational
Men's Results
Women's Results
Forebay Aquatics Center
Oroville, CA
Sat. Sep. 16 Sundodger Invitational
Men's Results
Women's Results
Seattle, WA
Sat. Sep. 30 Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, CA
Sat. Oct. 7 San Francisco State Invite
Men's Results
Women's Results
San Francisco, CA
Sat. Oct. 21 CCAA Championships
Men's Results
Women's Results
San Diego, CA
Sat. Nov. 4 NCAA West Regionals
hosted by Chico State
Men's Results
Women's Results
Forebay Aquatics Center
Oroville, CA
Sat. Nov. 18 NCAA National Championships
Men's Results
Women's Results
Pensacola, FL

Wildcats sign talented recruiting class
CHICO - The Chico State cross country and distance track program is proud to announce its best recruiting class to date.  A group of six incoming freshmen, highlighted by local Chico High School standout Hannah Dillard, and one junior college transfer have all signed National Letters of Intent to run for the Wildcats next season.

“Coupled with the two talented women we were fortunate enough to sign early, this stands as the greatest women’s distance recruiting class we’ve had the fortune of bringing to the Chico State campus,” said Head Coach Gary Towne.  “I am absolutely thrilled to work with these young women and have little doubt in their abilities to challenge for top NCAA honors.”

Dillard brings with her three North Section titles, two in cross country and another on the track.  She was the individual champion at last fall’s Stanford Invitational Division II (high school) Sweepstakes Race, and during the recent track campaign smashed the Panthers’ school record for the 3200 meters at 10:57.  

Kara Lubieniecki comes to Chico having established herself as one of Colorado’s premier high school distance runners. Competing for Bear Creek High School in Lakewood she won a regional title for the 3200 meters with an 11:12 clocking at altitude during the track season.  

Alia Gray ran for Maria Carrillo High School’s powerhouse distance program in Santa Rosa where she notched an impressive 11:03 time for 3200 meters at last spring’s Arcadia Invitational.

Shannon Rich, out of Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park, ran under 19 minutes on the California State Cross Country championship course, and has also run under 11:10 for the 3200 meters on the track.

Maria Avalos comes to Chico from Vintage High School in Napa, having established herself among the top distance talents in the Sac-Joaquin section. She has posted personal bests of 11:25 for the 3200 meters, and 18:50’s for a cross country 5k event.

Katie Spencer from East Valley High School in Redlands has run under nineteen minutes on the Mt. San Antonio College course and has also posted solid track times.

Rounding out the Wildcats’ list of recruits is Alyssa Flores, a junior college transfer out of Hartnell College.  Flores finished tenth at the Junior College State Cross Country Championships, and went on to post an impressive 2:15 mark for the 800-meter distance on the track.  

Towne is equally excited about the academic potential of this recruiting class.

“This is a very accomplished group of students as well,” Towne said. “Most were invited to the President’s Scholarship competition this year, which has a very substantial minimum GPA requirement.”

Wilcats sign two talented runners for 2007
CHICO – Chico State Cross Country Coach Gary Towne announced the signing of two cross country/track athletes to National Letters of Intent. Stephanie Consiglio from Oceanside and Shannon McVannel from Salinas signed during the early signing period and will join the Wildcats next fall.

“We are extremely pleased with the signing of Shannon and Stephanie.  Both are proven talents that have shown the potential for great college running during their high school careers,” said Towne. “To have two athletes of their caliber sign during the early period is a great start to what we’re hoping will our best recruiting class yet.” 

Stephanie Consiglio, a senior at El Camino High is one of the top distance runners in the San Diego Section.  Consiglio recently finished 11th at the San Diego Section cross country championships and has posted personal bests of 5:07 and 11:19 on the track for the 1600 and 3200m distances, respectively.

Shannon McVannel, a senior at Salinas High joins the Wildcats after a stellar senior cross country campaign.  McVannel placed fifth overall out of 205 runners at the DeLaSalle Invitational, and was third overall at the Clovis Invitational. McVannel recently placed among the top 50 overall at the Foot Locker West Region championships, which attracts the top individuals from California, Nevada, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona and Montana.

The two new signees join a highly successful cross country and track program at Chico State. At the National Championships this fall in Pensacola, the Wildcat women’s cross country team earned its sixth top-ten finish in the last seven years and the Wildcats women’s track team has finished among the top three in the conference the last six years.

Wildcat men finish fourth, women ninth at NCAA Championships
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Scott Bauhs made history with a third-place individual finish and the Chico State men’s cross country team finished fourth in the nation at the NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country National Championship Meet at the Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola, Fla. The Chico State men have finished as one of the top five teams in the nation the last five years. The Chico State women, buoyed by Mary Torres’ 30th-place finish, earned their sixth top-10 finish in the last seven years by finishing ninth.           

Bauhs, just a sophomore, finished the 10k race in 29:24.5, behind only third-time national champion Nicodemus Naimadu of Abilene Christian (29:17.5) and Julis Kosgei of Harding (29:19.9). The third-place individual finish is the best in Chico State history. His teammate Charlie Serrano was not far behind. Serrano recorded the second-best national championship outing in school history with his sixth-place finish in a time of 29:34.9. Antonio Miramontes was 30th overall, while Kyle Ivie (31:02.1, 58th) and Tim Tollefson (31:19.2, 74th) rounded out the Wildcat scoring.

Abilene Christian posted three top ten-finishers en route to the programs first-ever national championship.

Twenty-one of the 24 teams competing were nationally ranked in the top 25. The nation's second ranked Abilene Christian finished with a combined time of 149:04.3 for 65 points in the 10K race edging No. 1 Adams State, which recorded a time of 149:43.6 and 82 points. Fifth ranked Western State's 151:12.2 for 141 points was good enough for a third place finish, and No. 3 Chico State posted a time of 151:43.0 for 171 points. Fourth ranked Grand Valley State rounded out the top five with a time of 153:24.7 for 217 points.

In the women’s race, Adams State finished four women in the top 30 to win with 94 points. Western State was a close second at 101 points and Grand Valley State (165 points) and CCAA member and West Region Champion Cal State L.A. (169 points) battled it out for third and fourth place, respectively. Harding rounded out the top five with 186 points.

In addition to Torres’ 30th-place finish at 21:13.6, Sarah Montez was 45th overall at 21:30.5, and Lindsay Nelson rounded out the Wildcats top three, finishing 59th overall at 21:41.4. Julie Shaw (21:54.8, 70th) and Allison Ivie (22:15.9, 89th) also scored for the Chico State.

Esther Komen of Western State won the women’s race in a time of 20:09.4, followed by Nicole Plante (20:15.6) from U Mass-Lowell and Laura Aderman (20:19.6) from Grand Valley State.

 4.   137  Chico State Men (30:20.6  151:43.0)
team score - runner - time
3  Scott Bauhs  29:24.5
6  Charlie Serrano 29:34.9
25  Antonio Miramontes 30:22.4
44  Kyle Ivie 31:02.1
59  Tim Tollefson 31:19.2
( 88) Rory Kuykendall 31:59.0
( 95) Beau Bettinger 32:02.8

9.   228  Chico State Women (21:43.3  108:36.1)
team score - runner - time
20  Mary Torres 21:13.6
34  Sarah Montez 21:30.5
47  Lindsay Nelson 21:41.4
55  Julie Shaw 21:54.8
72  Allison Ivie 22:15.9
(112) Aisha Kamala 23:06.1
(130) Dinora Moran 23:28.6

Chico State cross country teams in Saturday's National Championship
PENSACOLA, Fla. — If everything goes just right for the Chico State men’s cross country team Saturday, the Wildcats might just come home with the first national title in the program’s history. The West Region champions enter the 24-team national championship race, which will take place as part of the 2006 Division II National Championships Festival in Pensacola, Florida, at 9 a.m., EST., ranked No. 3 in the nation.

The Chico State women will take part in the national championship race for the seventh straight season. The women’s race will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Chico State head coach Gary Towne has been whispering about the possibility of a national title on the men’s side since the beginning of this season, and his extremely talented team has done nothing to quell that excitement. The Wildcats won their fifth straight West Region in dominant fashion earlier this month. They also defeated several Division I schools in 2006, including 22nd-ranked Washington en route to winning the Sundodger Invitational, and finished second to sixth-ranked Stanford at the prestigious Stanford Invitational.

The Chico State women have finished among the nation’s top 10 in five of the last six seasons, including a fourth-place finish last season.

Chico State to host
NCAA Division II Cross Country
West Regionals
Nov. 4 • Forebay Aquatics Center

Chico State men, Cal State L.A. women claim West Region titles
Chico State women also qualify for National Championships
OROVILLE, Calif. - Conditions couldn’t have been more perfect as the Chico State Wildcats hosted the Division II Cross Country West Regionals at the Lake Oroville Forebay Aquatics Center. The Chico State men’s team placed all five scorers among the top 13 overall to win its fifth-straight NCAA West Region title. The Cal State L.A. women had three runners earn All-Region honors as they won the women’s West Region title by three points.

The Chico State men posted a score of 32 points to earn a trip to the NCAA National Championships in Pensacola, Florida. Cal Poly Pomona (116 points) and Alaska Anchorage (119 points) also qualified as teams. Western Washington finished fourth, just out of the qualifying, with 121 points and UC San Diego (161 points) rounded out the top five schools.

Chico’s Charlie Serrano (32:09.72) and Antonio Miramontes (32:13.89) finished second and third, while Scott Bauhs (32:34.42) was sixth, Kyle Ivie (32:51.87) eighth and Rory Kuykendall (33:09.31) 13th overall. The top 15 finishers receive All-Region honors.

Todd Iacovelli (31:58.35) from Hawaii Pacific won the 10k men’s race by 11 seconds and he, along with fourth-place finisher John Riak of St. Martin’s earned the two individual qualifying spots.

The women’s 6k event was a much closer affair with Cal State L.A.(67 points) edging out Seattle Pacific (70 points), UC San Diego (76 points) and Chico State (77 points). With four women’s team from the West Region qualifying for the NCAA National this year, these same teams will face off in Florida in two weeks. Alaska Anchorage was fifth in the team scoring with 109 points.

Cal State L.A.’s Pilar Delgado (21:25.60), Karla Alburez (21:27.09), and Maija Rhode (21:37.22) finished fourth, fifth, and seventh, respectively. Maribel Cespedes (22:25.73, 25th) and Shawna Burger (22:30.62, 26th) also scored for the Golden Eagles.

Seattle Pacific’s freshman standout Jessica Pixler (20:46.10) won the women’s race by ten seconds over second-place Mary Torres (20:56.93) from Chico State. Finishing third was Katie Hummel (21:10.90) of Central Washington and she, along with Laura Carr (21:47.00, 9th) from Alaska Anchorage earned the two individual qualifying spots.

Chico’s Sarah Montez (21:39.84) finished eighth and Lindsay Nelson (21:53.72) 13th to earn spots on the 15-runner All-Region team.

Wildcats to host West Region Championships Saturday
Men gunning for fifth straight title; women gunning for fourth straight
OROVILLE, Calif. – Under the tutelage of head coach Gary Towne, the Chico State cross country program has grown into one of the top Division II program in the West. Saturday at the Lake Oroville Forebay Aquatics Center, the Wildcats will host the premiere Division II Cross Country event on the west coast this season – the Division II West Region Championships. The men’s 10k race will start at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s 6k race at 10:15.

Close to 300 runners from 19 women’s teams and 17 men’s teams will converge on the forebay, which features a fan-friendly layout in which spectators can see almost the entire 2.5k loop.

The Chico State men, the four-time defending regional champions, are favored to make it five in a row. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation. Western Washington, ranked 12th nationally, 13th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona, and 16th-ranked Alaska Anchorage will also be in the running for the team title.

In the men’s race for the individual title, Chico State’s Scott Bauhs is the likely favorite. Bauhs, just a sophomore, has only lost to one runner all season, and that was Stanford’s top runner, Nef Areia. Chico State’s Charlie Serrano and Antonio Miramontes are also among the race favorites, along with Alaska Anchorage’s David Kiplagat, who recently claimed the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.

The top three teams and the top two individuals will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships in Pensacola, Florida, Saturday, Nov. 18.

The Chico State women, currently ranked No. 10 in the nation, are coming off an impressive first-place showing at the California Collegiate Athletic Association championships. But they’ll battle four other teams who are also among the nation’s top 20 with four team spots in the national championships on the line.

The Wildcats, eighth-ranked Seattle Pacific, 14th-ranked Cal State L.A., 16th-ranked Alaska Anchorage, and 19th-ranked UC San Diego are the favorites in the women’s race.

Individually, Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler, Alaska Anchorage’s Mandy Kaempf, and Chico State’s Sarah Montez should all battle for the title.

Both Chico State teams advanced to the national championships last season. The men recorded their best-ever finish by coming in third, and the women tied their best-ever finish with a fourth-place effort.

Chico State women and men win

Chico State men win fifth straight CCAA title
Charlie Serrano named CCAA Most Valuable Athlete of the Year
LA JOLLA, Calif. -  With another solid team effort, Chico State captured the California Collegiate Athletic Association title for the fifth consecutive year on Saturday at the 2006 CCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships on the campus of UC San Diego.

Chico State runners took the top three spots with Charlie Serrano earning the CCAA individual championship, completing the 8,000-meter course in 25:44.90. Teammates Antonio Miramontes (25:51.10) and Kyle Ivie (26:13.20) finished second and third, respectively. Cal Poly Pomona’s Gerardo Rabelo was fourth (26:17.20) and Josh Babiak of San Francisco State finished fifth (26:18.20).

Serrano, who finished third a year ago, has now finished in the top 10 at the CCAA Championships in each of his four seasons. He became the second straight Chico State athlete -  third in the last four years -  to win the CCAA championship.

Chico State, ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA poll, scored 23 team points for the championship. Six Chico State runners finished in the top 13. The Wildcats were followed by Cal Poly Pomona (52) and UC San Diego (84). Cal State Stanislaus finished fourth, while Humboldt State edged San Francisco for fifth, followed by CSU Monterey Bay.

Chico State’s Tim Tollefson and Michael Wickman tied for eighth at 26:33.80 and Beau Bettinger (26:44.80) was the sixth Wildcat to earn All-CCAA honors with his 13th place finish. Aaron Torres (26:49.30) placed 16th, while Angel Marquez and Nick Clinton finished 32nd and 34th, respectively.

Top 15 finishers received All-CCAA honors with Serrrano named the CCAA Most Valuable Athlete of the Year. Other awards presented today include Max Mullender of UCSD earning Freshman of the Year and Wickman of Chico State winning the Newcomer of the Year honors. Chico State’s Gary Towne was named the Coach of the Year.

CCAA Mens Cross Country Championships

TEAM: 1. Chico State 23, 2. Cal Poly Pomona 52, 3. UC San Diego 84, 4. Cal State Stanislaus 119, 5. Humboldt State 138, 6. San Francisco State 139, 7. CSU Monterey Bay 199.

Top 15 Finishers (All-CCAA): 1. Charlie Serrano (CSUC), 25:44.90; 2. Antonio Miramontes (CSUC), 25:51.10; 3. Kyle Ivie (CSUC), 26:13.20 ; 4. Gerardo Rabelo (CPP), 26:17.20 ; 5. Josh Babiak (SFSU), 26:18.20; 6. Max Mullender (UCSD), 26:28.40; 7. Isaac Perez (CPP), 26:31.10; t8. Tim Tollefson (CSUC), Michael Wickman (CSUC) 26:33.80; 10. Bobby Olivera (CSUS), 26:34.50; 11. Eddie Venegas (CPP), 26:35.30; 12. Derek DeSantiago (CPP), 26:41.10; 13. Beau Bettinger (CSUC), 26:44.80; 14. Omar Limon (HSU), 26:45.50; 15. Greg Geldman (UCSD), 26:46.90.

CCAA Most Valuable Athlete of the Year: Charlie Serrano, Chico State
CCAA Coach of the Year: Gary Towne, Chico State
CCAA Freshman of the Year: Max Mullender, UC San Diego
CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Gerardo Rabelo, Cal Poly Pomona

Chico State women win fourth CCAA Championship in five years
Mary Torres named CCAA Most Valuable Athlete of the Year
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Chico State reclaimed the CCAA title as the Wildcats won the 2006 California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Championships on the campus of UC San Diego.

Chico State, which won three consecutive team championships from 2002-04, finished second in 2005 behind UC San Diego. The Tritons finished third on Saturday behind Cal State L.A., which had five runners in the top 15. It was the Golden Eagles’ best team finish since winning the team title in 1994. Cal Poly Pomona finished fourth, while San Francisco State took fifth.

Mary Torres won the individual championship as she finished the 6,000-meter course first in a time of 22:41.30. Teammate Sarah Montez was just two steps behind with a second-place time of 22:42.10. Cal State L.A.’s Karla Alburez came in third (23:06.00), followed by Diane Dunn (23:15.30) of UC San Deigo. Chico State’s Lindsay Nelson (23:21.40) rounded out the top five.

Torres, who sat out the 2005 season, was an All-Region runner in 2004 after a 13th place finish in the regional. She led Chico State throughout the 2006 season including a win at the Chico Invitational in mid September.

Chico State’s Julie Shaw (23:36.80) finished ninth overall, while Aisha Kamala (24:12.10) was 17th, Allison Ivie (24:34.40) 20th, Megan William (25:08.50) 32nd, Kellie Stephens (25:52.20) 46th, Lindsey Brown (26:01.00) 50th and Dinora Moran (26:22.60) finished 59th.

The top 15 finishers received All-CCAA honors with Torres named the CCAA Most Valuable Athlete of the Year. Other awards presented include Erica Van Voast of San Francisco State earning Freshman of the Year and Maribel Cespedes of Cal State L.A. winning the Newcomer of the Year honors. Chico State’s Gary Towne was named Coach of the Year.

CCAA Womens Cross Country Championships

TEAM: 1. Chico State 34, 2. Cal State L.A. 46, 3. UC San Diego 63, 4. Cal Poly Pomona 130, 5. San Francisco State 142, 6. Cal State Stanislaus 158, 7. Cal State San Bernardino 163, 8. Humboldt State 167, 9. Sonoma State 267, t10. Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Monterey Bay 312.

Top 15 Finishers (All-CCAA): 1. Mary Torres (CSUC), 22:41.30; 2. Sarah Montez (CSUC), 22:42.10; 3. Karla Alburez (CSULA), 23:06.00; 4. Diane Dunn (UCSD), 23:15.30; 5. Lindsay Nelson (CSUC) 23:21.40; 6. Nina Miller (UCSD), 23:25.40; 7. Becky Southworth (CSUSB), 23:30.00; 8. Pilar Delgado (CSULA), 23:35.10; 9. Julie Shaw (CSUC), 23:36.80; 10. Shawna Burger (CSULA), 23:38.00; 11. Erin Frier (CSUS), 23:38.10; 12. Maija Rhode (CSULA), 23:45.70; 13. Maribel Cespedes (CSULA), 23:46.50; 14. Ashleigh Montgomery (UCSD), 23:50.80; 15. Whitney Hurley (CPP), 23:53.30.

CCAA Most Valuable Athlete of the Year: Mary Torres, Chico State
CCAA Coach of the Year: Gary Towne, Chico State
CCAA Freshman of the Year: Erica Van Voast, San Francisco State
CCAA Newcomer of the Year: Maribel Cespedes, Cal State L.A.

Men remain No. 2 in nation in latest poll
Women ranked No. 11
Following a weekend in which its “B” team won its second race of the season – the San Francisco State Invitational – while its top seven runners rested, the Chico State men’s cross country squad remained ranked No. 2 in the nation in the national poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The top eight spots in the men’s poll remained the same as last week: Adams State, Chico State, Abilene Christian, Grand Valley, Colorado School of Mines, Western State, Harding and Wayne State. U-Mass Lowell moved up three spots to No. 9 in this week’s poll while Minnesota State made an even bigger jump, improving four positions to No. 10.
Missouri Southern, unranked in last week’s poll, is now No. 11 following its victory at the Missouri/Illinois Border Wars event in Edwardsville, Ill.
Grand Valley State dislodged Adams State as the top-ranked Division II women’s cross country team following the Lakers’ victory at Friday’s Michigan Intercollegiates in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Chico State women dipped one spot to No. 11 this week. The Wildcats rested their top six runners and still finished sixth in San Francisco.
Grand Valley State was ranked second behind Adams State in the 2006 preseason poll and held that position throughout September and early October. But Grand Valley State’s victory Friday over a field that included Division I teams was enough to displace Adams State as the top-ranked women’s team.
Adams State, the three-time defending NCAA Division II women’s champion, did not compete last weekend.
At the Michigan Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships, Grand Valley State won the four-kilometer race with 24 points. The Lakers also won the eight-kilometer race with 40 points, six points ahead of Central Michigan. Individually sophomore Laura Aderman won the shorter race while freshman Leah Borns won the eight-kilometer race.
Rounding out the women’s top behind Grand Valley State and Adams State is Harding, Western State, Wisconsin Parkside, Colorado Springs, Indiana (Pa.), Southern Indiana, Abilene Christian and Seattle Pacific.

Wildcat men win in San Francisco
Women finish sixth
SAN FRANCISCO - Resting the top seven men and six women this weekend, the Chico State cross country program was still able to put together two strong squads to compete at the San Francisco Invitational This turned out to be a success as many solid individual performances were posted and both teams scored wins over top squads from other schools.

In the 8k event, the men‚s second squad remained unbeaten for the season on Saturday. This same group of runners beat ranked Western Washington and Alaska-Anchorage a few weeks ago.

The Wildcats cruised to a 21-point total, beating Humboldt State (70), San Francisco State (90), San Jose State (101), Cal State Monterey Bay (119), Fresno State (129), and St. Mary‚s College (180).

The Wildcats‚ Angel Marguez (25:38) finished fourth overall behind two former Cal runners and an All-State JC runner Marquez beat San Francisco State‚s All-American Josh Babiak, who finished fifth, by two seconds.

Aaron Torres (25:43) and Michael Wickman (25:46), finished seventh and eighth, ahead of Humboldt‚s number one runner. Jordan Page (25:51) and Nick Clinton (25:57) followed at 10th and 11th, respectively.

Jeffrey Wilson (26:09) and Eddie Serna (26:13) rounded out the Wildcats‚ top seven, finishing 16th and 18th, respectively.

With each freshman on the Wildcats‚ roster redshirting, the Chico State women lack the depth of the men‚s squad, but that didn‚t stop the six women entered on Saturday from claiming a sixth place team finish out of the ten competing teams in the 6k run.

The Wildcats posted 139 points, finishing CCAA schools San Francisco State (93) and Humboldt State (114). Sonoma State (209) and Cal State Monterey Bay (267) finished ninth and tenth. Fresno State won the event with 48 points.

Leading the way fir the Wildcats was redshirt freshman Allison Ivie who ran side by side with teammate Megan Williams for the initial 2-3k among the top 15 overall. Ivie (23:43) finished in sixth place, beating out San Francisco State‚s top runner by one second.

Lindsay Brown (24:19) was next in 28th place, followed by Kellie Stephens (24:24), who finished 30th.

Megan Williams (24:37), who suffered a mid-race set back, had to settle for 35th . Erica Thomas (24:59) was 44th and Ondi Foster (27:21), who is just returning from injury finished 72nd overall.

Next up of the Wildcats is the CCAA Championships hosted by UC San Diego on October 21. The men will look to extend their conference title streak to five, while the women will try to unseat the UC San Diego squad that upset the Wildcats for last year's title.

Chico State's Scott Bauhs named CCAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State’s Scott Bauhs has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Sept.
25-Oct. 1.

Bauhs, a junior from Danville, turned in one of the fastest 8,000-meter times in the CCAA in recent years as he finished second at the prestigious Stanford Invitational on Saturday. He clocked in at 23 minutes and 36 seconds, just five ticks behind Stanford’s two-time All-American Neftalem Araia, as Chico State finished third behind Stanford and UC Santa Barbara.

Wildcat squads strong among Division I opponents again
Men finish third, women tie for seventh
PALO ALTO - In a field packed with Division I teams, Chico State's Scott Bauhs finished second at the Stanford Invitational, covering the 8-kilometer course in 23 minutes, 36 seconds.

The Wildcat men, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, placed third overall with 79 points, behind only Stanford (42 points) and UC Santa Barbara (56). Eight of the top 10 teams were Division I schools.

Charlie Serrano was 12th overall in 23:56, Kyle Ivie placed 17th in 24:10 and Antonio Miramontes cracked the top 25, finishing 25th in 24:27. Beau Bettinger (35th, 24:44), Rory Kuykendall (50th, 25:02) and Tim Tollefson (55th, 25:04) rounded out the Wildcats top seven runners in the field of 222 participants.

Mary Torres, meanwhile, continued her pursuit of an All-American spot at the end of the season by placing 21st overall, running the 6k women's course in 21 minutes, 38 seconds.

As a team, the Chico State women, ranked tenth in the nation, tied for seventh with Loyola-Marymount at 182 points. The only Division II team to beat the Wildcats was the No. 2 team in the nation, Harding (Ark.), which finished third with 116 points. The Stanford Cardinal also won the women’s race with 24 points.

Chico State's Sarah Montez was 26th overall, finishing in 21:57 and Lindsay Nelson placed 31st overall in 22:01. Julie Shaw (54th, 22:43) and Aisha Kamala (63rd, 22:45) rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats. Megan William finished 78th and Allison Ivie came in 96th in the 124-runner field.

Wildcats sit tight in national rankings
After sitting idle last, the Wildcats sit in the same spot in the national polls this week. The men remain at No. 2 behind Adams State and the women stay at No. 10.

In the West Region rankings, the Wildcat men hold the No. 1 spot and the women find themselves in third place beind UC San Diego and Seattle Pacific.

Wildcat men climb to No. 2 in national rankings
With a convincing win over a field of nine Division I opponents at the Sundodger Invitational in Washington last Saturday, the Chico State men's cross country team took over the No. 2 spot in the latest USTFCCCA national cross country poll.

The Wildcats, who entered the weekend as the third-ranked team, moved ahead of perenial powerhouse Western State, which dropped to No. 3. Adams State maintained its top position in both the men's and women's polls, but the race continues to tighten among the top three men's teams.

The Chico State women's team dropped six spots to No. 11 after its third-place finish at the Sundodger Invitational.

Chico State's Mary Torres named CCAA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - For the second straight week, Chico State’s Mary Torres has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 11-17.

Torres, a junior from Ventura, finished third at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle with a time of 21:42 in the 6K open race hosted by the University of Washington. Her time was 7 seconds behind the winner as she led Chico State to a third place team finish.

Chico State's Scott Bauhs named CCAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State’s Scott Bauhs has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 11-17.

Bauhs, a junior from Danville, won the title at the 2006 Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington. His time of 23:43 in the 8K race was 16 seconds better than his nearest competitor and led the Chico State Wildcats to a team win over a field of nine Division I opponents. Chico State scored 40 points to finish ahead of host UW, which scored 82 points.

Wildcats dominate Division I field
SEATTLE, Wash. – How good is the Chico State men’s cross country team? The third-ranked Wildcats blew away a field stacked with nine Division I teams to claim the 2006 Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington Saturday.

How deep is the Chico State men’s cross country team? The Wildcats’ second seven claimed the team’s second title of the day in the 28-team open field.

Scott Bauhs pummeled the field to win the invitational 15 seconds ahead of Boise State’s Forest Braden. Charlie Serrano finished fourth, Antonio Miramontes came in eighth, Kyle Ivie was 10th, and Beau Bettinger was 17th. The team’s 40-point total provided a comfortable margin over second-place Washington, which saw its streak of four straight Sundodger titles come to an end with 82 points. Washington State finished third with 85, followed by UC Riverside (114) and UC Davis (122).

In the men’s open division race, Angel Marquez paced the Wildcats with a sixth-place finish, 19 seconds behind race winner David Kiplagat of Alaska Anchorage. Michael Wickman (13th), Nick Clinton (15th), and Jordan Fairley (16th) also scored well for the Wildcats. Eduardo Serna (30th) finished Chico State’s scoring.

The Chico State women finished third behind Simon Fraser and Seattle Pacific in the tightly contested 23-team women’s open race. Simon Fraser won with 59 points, followed by Seattle Pacific (71) and Chico State (80). Mary Torres challenged for the women’s title before settling for third overall. Sarah Montez finished eighth overall, followed by Lindsay Nelson (17th), Dinora Moran (26th), and Aisha Kamala (32nd).

Chico State's Antonio Miramontes named CCAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State’s Antonio Miramontes has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-10.

Miramontes, a senior from Merced, won the Chico Invitational at the new Forebay Aquatics Center 10K course on Saturday. He led the Wildcats to a near-perfect score of 16 team points. With a time of 31:29, Miramontes defeated his All-American teammate Charlie Serrano by 24 second and finished ahead of another All-American Wildcat Scott Bauhs.

Chico State's Mary Torres named CCAA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State’s Mary Torres has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-10.

In her first collegiate cross country race since the end of the 2004 season, Mary Torres, a junior from Ventura, won the Chico Invitational and led the Wildcats to a first place finish with 16 points on Saturday. She won the 6K race in 24:26, 11 ticks ahead of teammate Sarah Montez, who was an All-Region runner last year. Torres (formerly Biggs) was an All-Region runner in 2004.

Serrano, Bauhs, and Miramontes lead the pack as they snake through the Oroville foothills.
Montez, Nelson, and Torres cross one of the two bridges at the new cross country course at the Forebay Aquatics Center in Oroville.

Wildcats nearly perfect in season opener
CHICO - The Chico State cross country teams opened the season in stellar style today. With just four teams scoring in each race, the Wildcat squads were nearly perfect, posting identical team scores of 16 points to cruise to the championships of the 2006 Chico State Cross Country Invitational. The event was the first for the Wildcats at the newly developed cross country trail at the Forebay Aquatics Center in Oroville.

In the men’s race, Chico’s All-Americans proved why they earned the title and another solidified his spot as a contender for the honor this season. Antonio Miramontes, who was an All-CCAA and All-West Region honoree the last two seasons won the 10k race in a time of 31:29. Following 24 seconds behind were the trio of All-American Charlie Serrano (31:53), All-American Scott Bauhs (31:53), and All-CCAA and All-West Region runner Beau Bettinger (31:54).

San Francisco State’s Josh Babiak (32:07, 5th) was the one to break up the Wildcats bid at a perfect 15-point score. Tim Tollefeson finished sixth at 32:15 and Thomas Whitcomb (32:26, 8th) and Angel Marquez (32:27, 9th) also finished in the top ten.

In the women’s race, Mary Torres is back in a Wildcat uniform and took advantage of the situation winning the women’s 6k in 24:26 to spark a 1-4 finish for the women. Sarah Montez (24:37), who along with Torres has gathered All-CCAA and All-Region honors, finished second and Lindsay Nelson (24:41) and Dinora Moran (25:04) rounded out the top four.

Seattle Pacific had three runners finish in the top 10, but did not score as a team. It was Erin Frier (25:52, 6th overall) from Cal State Stanislaus, who took the fifth scoring spot to   break up the Wildcats’ perfect score. Aisha Kamala (25:52, 9th) was the Wildcats fifth and final scorer.

The Forebay cross country course features a two kilometer loop with a daunting hill climb and great spectator viewing. With the course just complete, the gravel and footing was loose, but should pack down after continued use and rain in the coming months to make a great surface for the 2006 Division II West Regional, which Chico State will host November 4.

The Wildcats next compete in the Sundodger Invitational next Saturday in Seattle, Washington.

Cross country program to showcase new course, new team Saturday
Chico State cross country coach Gary Towne has shaped his program into one of the nation’s best. Now, Towne is excited to introduce Wildcat cross country fans to a new local course befitting that level of competition.

The introduction will take place Saturday when the Wildcats open their 2006 season with a five-team invitational featuring Humboldt State, Cal State Stanislaus, San Francisco State, and Seattle Pacific at the Lake Oroville Forebay.

Towne has worked alongside the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Forebay Aquatics center to develop a beautiful, spectator-friendly course around the Forebay. The course makes a two-kilometer loop that starts next to the water before crossing a bridge and heading up into the rolling hills overlooking the water. Runners will head back downhill to a lakeside path to complete the loop.

The race, scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., will give spectators their first glimpse of this new trail and the highly touted Chico State squads. The Chico State men, who finished third in the nation last season, are ranked No. 3 in the preseason national rankings. The Chico State women, who finished fourth in the nation last season, are ranked No. 7 in the preseason rankings.

To reach the Forebay from Chico, take Highway 99 South, turn left on Highway 70 toward Oroville, and get off at the Garden Drive exit just before you enter the town of Oroville. Turn right and you will enter the Forebay parking lot.