2004 Track & Field Schedule with Results

Cangiamilla receives Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State cross country and track athlete Kri

sti Cangiamilla is one of 17 student-athletes from California Collegiate Athletic Association member institutions to be named an inaugural recipient of the CCAA Dr. Hal Charnofsky Outstanding Scholar-Athlete and Inspirational Scholar-Athletes honors.

The award is named after the late Dr. Hal Charnofsky, a long-time faculty athletics representative (FAR) for Cal State Dominguez Hills who passed away in February 2003. Athletes from nine CCAA institutions received a Charnofsky award as either the school's Outstanding Scholar-Athlete or Inspirational Scholar-Athlete. Recipients are selected by their respective athletics department staff members in consultation with the school's FAR.

Wildcats crown seven All-Americans on final day
Eight Chico State Wildcats bring home a total of 12 All-American honors after the three-day championships
WALNUT, Calif. - On a day that the Chico State track and field team would take home seven more All-American certificates, Peter Paplanus grabbed the Wildcats highest finish of the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, taking second place in the 800 meters with his 1:50.50 time.

Brendan Page earned his third All-America honor of the meet with a sixth-place finish in the shot put (55-11 inches). Page placed eighth in the hammer (180-4) Thursday and eighth in the discus (167-10) Friday.

Tyler Graff, who earned All-American in the 10,000 on Thursday, placed fifth in the 5,000 meters (14:36.58) to earn his second honor of the championships. Charlie Serrano took eighth (14:39.52) in the 5,000 to also earn All-America honors.

Aaron Weiss did not clear his opening height in the pole vault.

The Wildcat men finished 11th in the nation with 23 points. Abilene Christian took first with 75.

Katie Lee led the women with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 with a school record time of 17:02.39, smashing her old record by nine seconds. It was her second All-America finish. She took fifth in the 10,000 on Thursday.

Jennifer James took eighth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10: 51.31) and Margaret Pridgen placed seventh in the 1,500 (4:33.22) for the Wildcats other All-America finishes on the final day of the championship.

Melanie Glennen finished 15th in the shot put (42-8.75) and the women ranked 26th in the nation with 11.5 points. Lincoln University won with 85.

Two more All-Americans for the Wildcats on day two
WALNUT, Calif. - Chico State's Brendan Page added another All-America honor to his growing list, and Rachelle Sabo earned her first at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut Friday.

Page, who'd already earned the honor in the hammer throw, added the discus with an eighth-place with a throw of 167-10. He will go for his third All-America honor in the shot put on Saturday.

Sabo tied for eighth in the women's pole vault, clearing 11-7.75. Seven other vaulters cleared the same height, but Sabo and one other did it on their first attempt.

In other finals action, Melanie Glennen took 12th in the women's discus (134-0) and Justin May finished 13th in the men's high jump (6-8).

Several other Wildcat athletes qualified for finals: Peter Paplanus in the 800 meters, Tyler Graff and Charlie Serrano in the men's 5,000 and Katie Lee in the women's 5,000.

Dallase Scott finished sixth in her preliminary heat of the 800 with a time of 2:13.56, but did not advance to the final.

Three Wildcats earn All-American honors on first day of championships
WALNUT, Calif. - During the first day of competition at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships being hosted by Cal Poly Pomona at Mount San Antonio College, Chico State had three athletes earn All-American status.

Tyler Graff finished fourth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:16.51 to bring home his second All-American honor of the year. He also received the honor in cross country this fall.

Katie Lee finished fifth in the women's 10,000 meters at 35:44.23 to pick up the third All-American title in her career.

Brendan Page picked up the final All-American spot in the hammer throw, finishing eighth with a season-best mark of 180-04. Page has two more changes to earn All-American, in the discus on Friday and the shot put on Saturday.

Missy Lendl just missed out on All-American honors, finishing ninth in the 10,000 meters at 36:23.86.

Quiana Starr struggled in the long jump finals, fouling her first two attempts. Her third attempt at 17-11.5 placed her 14th overall. If Starr could have met her qualifying mark (19-04), she could have finished in fourth place.

In the preliminary events, Margaret Pridgen advanced to the Saturday final of the 1,500 meters with the fourth fastest time of 4:35.62.

Jennifer James will compete in the steeplechase finals after finishing the prelim with the seventh-best time of 11:06.81.

Sarah Montez (11:33.03) and Kristi Cangiamilla (11:52.28) did not make it to the steeplechase finals, finishing 15th and 18th, respectively.

Patrick Domek (52.98) finished 12th in the prelim of the 400 meter hurdles and will not advance to the final.

Seventeen athletes pack their bags for NCAA Track & Field Championships
Record number of Chico State women qualify
The largest contingent of Chico State track and field athletes in the school’s history will head to Walnut, Calif., to compete in the 2004 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships, hosted by Cal Poly Pomona at Mount San Antonio College, May 27-29. The top eight athletes in each event receive All-American honors.

The women send an unprecedented 10 athletes to this year’s event with Jennifer James the highest rated female athlete to qualify. James, who broke the Chico State Steeplechase record this year with a time of 10:43.93, is ranked second in the event. Teammates Sarah Montez and Kristi Cangiamilla also qualified in the steeplechase, ranked seventh and 13th, respectively.

Katie Lee, who picked up All-American status with a second-place finish in the 10,000 meters last year, qualifies again for that event with the sixth-best mark (35:23). She also is the 14th qualifier in the 5,000 meters (17:17).

Missy Lendl, a 2004 Cross Country All-American, is ranked ninth in the 10,000 meters (35:50) and 18th in the 5,000 meters (17:26).

Margaret Pridgen, who competed in last year’s national championships in the 3,000 meters, qualifies this year with a fifth-place ranking in the 1,500 meters (4:29).

Quiana Starr competed in the 2002 National Championships and returns this year after redshirting last season. She is ranked eighth in the long jump (19'4 ).

Melanie Glennen will make her first appearance at a national championship ranked fourth in the discus (157-8) and 16th in the shot put (45-4), as will Rachelle Sabo with her 14th ranking in the Pole Vault (12-1.50) and Dallase Scott with her 14th ranking in the 800 meters (2:12.80).

Peter Paplanus leads a group of seven Chico State track and field male athletes that will be making the trip. Paplanus leads the nation in the 800 meters with a time of 1:48.89, a school record set at the Modesto Relays this year.

Tyler Graff is making his third appearance at the National Championships. The Cross Country All-American is ranked ninth in the 10,000 meters (29:55) and 12th in the 5,000 meters (14:32).

Aaron Weiss, who competed at last year’s National Championships in Illinois, will compete again in the pole vault with a ninth-place ranking (16-6).

Justin May also competed in last year’s championships and returns with the 15th best mark in the high jump (6-10.75).

Charlie Serrano, who is ranked sixth in the 5,000 meters (14:25), is making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, as is Patrick Domek, who holds the 14th best time in the 400m hurdles (52.53).

Brendan Page has qualifying marks in three events, fifth in the shot put (57-3), 13th in the discus (169-1), and 17th in the hammer (180-0).

Wildcats sweep CCAA track titles
Kirk Freitas and Oliver Hanf receive CCAA Coach of the Year honors. 
LOS ANGELES - The Chico State men's and women's track and field teams made history Saturday in Los Angeles by sweeping the California Collegiate Athletic Association championships for the first time. The men's squad won the title in 2003. It is the first CCAA track and field title for the Wildcat women.

CCAA Women's Team Scores
1. Chico State
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State L.A.
4. Cal State Bakersfield
5. Cal State Stanislaus
6. Cal Poly Pomona
7. San Francisco State
8. Cal State Dominguez Hills
9. Sonoma State

CCAA Men's Team Scores
1. Chico State
2. Cal Poly Pomona
3. UC San Diego
4. Cal State L.A.
5. Cal State Bakersfield
6. Cal State Stanislaus
7. San Francisco State

Vincent Boatwright finished first in the decathlon (6,260 points) and teammate Chris Greene finished just behind him (6,231 points) in the 10-event, two day competition.

Lead by Tyler Graff's (14:47.02) and Charlie Serrano's (14:50.14) 1-2 finish, the men's distance squad had six runners pick up 30 of the possible 39 points in the 5,000 meters.

Chris Eggers (3:55.59) and Kyle Ivie (3:57.64) finsihed 1-2 in the 1,500 meters and Peter Paplanus (1:50.94) and Beau Bettinger (1:52.90) did the same thing in the 800 meters.

Peter Francis placed second in the triple jump (48-04.75) and Michael Davies took third (46-09).

Patrick Boivin finished first in the 3,000 steeple chase (9:23.57) and Brendan Page took first in the shot put (56-10.25).

Justin May finished second in the high jump (6-8) and third in the long jump (22-8.5). Bryan Thunborg took second in the discus (159-9) and Vern Ruiz took third in the 10,000 (31:35.08).

For the women, Katie Lee led a 1-2 finish in the 5,000 with a time of 17:19.75. Missy Lendl took second (17:26.06).

Margaret Pridgen won the 1,500 (4:38.78).

The Wildcats made it a 1-2-3 sweep the 3,000 steeplechase, with Jennifer James (11:10.18) winning, followed by Kristi Cangiamilla (11:26.50) and Saran Montez (11:35.95).

Dallase Scott took second in the 800 (2:14) to lead a group of four Chico State athletes that picked up 18 points in the event.

Becky Rankin took second in the high jump (5-4.25), Brianne Ferris was third in the shot put (44-6.25) and Ryana Smith took third in the 400 (57.90).

Wildcats in first place after day one of CCAA Championships
LOS ANGELES - Both the Chico State men's and women's track and field teams are in first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships at Jesse Owens track on the campus of Cal State L.A. after the first day of competition.

The women have accumulated 71 points through six events and lead second-place Cal State L.A. by 23 points. The Wildcat men amassed 73.5 points in five events and hold a 36.5 point advantage over runner-up Cal Poly Pomona. The CCAA Championships conclude on Saturday

The men staked their claim in the javelin, sweeping the top four spots. Troy Lalaguna finished first (193 feet, 4 inches), followed by Doug Hewlett (178-8), Robert Mace (176-6) and Jacob Sanderson (171-9). The four throwers are responsible for 29 of the men's points.

The distance squad picked up 15 points in the 10,000 meters with Vern Ruiz (31:35.08), Antonio Miramontes (31:46.98), and Joel Martinez (32:35.55) finishing 3-5, respectively.

Chico State's Chris Greene leads the decathlon (3,307 points) and teammate Vincent Boatwright is just behind him in second (3,228 points).

Bryan Thunborg finished second in the discus (159-09), Aaron Wise was third in the pole vault (14-9 1/2), and Justin May was third in the long jump (22-6.5).

On the women's side, Katie Lee successfully defended her 2003 CCAA title in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:54.02, convincing beating Cal State L.A.'s Sarah Bouchard by eight seconds. Missy Lendl finished fourth (10:04.25), Jennifer James was sixth (10:20.26), and Sarah Montez was eighth (10:33.70) for a total of 19 points in the event.

Alicia Wiley added points for the Wildcats with a second place finish in the 10,000 (38:34.64). Monique Silva was fourth (38:48.49), Paige Osborn seventh (39:42.85), and Laura Cohen eighth (39:55.14).

Rachelle Sabo was second in the pole vault (12-1 1/2) with the second-highest mark in school history. The vault qualifies her for NCAA Division II championships. The Wildcats had five women score a total of 20 points in the pole vault Sara Weiss (4th), Chelsea McGinnis (5th), Jocelyn Likens (7th), and Melissa Moore (8th).

'Cats to compete in CCAA Track & Field Championships
On Wednesday the Chico State track and field teams begin their trek to Los Angeles to participate in this weekend's CCAA Track and Field Championships. This year's championship event is hosted by Cal State Los Angeles and promises to be another stellar meet.

Action will begin on Friday, and continues through Saturday with the final events being run in the early evening hours on Saturday. Click on the CCAA logo above for information on the meet, including the schedule of events, a link to real time results, heat sheets, and NCAA and CCAA event rankings.

Both Chico State teams finished second to UC Davis at last year's Championships. The men's team won Chico State's first, and only, CCAA track and field title in 2002.

Chico State's Peter Paplanus named Male Athlete of the Week
Chico State middle distance runner Peter Paplanus has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the week of May 3-9.

Paplanus, a senior from Calabasas, broke a 10-year-old school record in the 800-meter run at the Coca-Cola Modesto Relays on May 8. His time of 1:48.89 automatically qualified him for the 2004 NCAA Division II Championship meet.

Paplanus breaks 10-year old record
Peter Paplanus has flirted with the record all season, but on Saturday at the Modesto Relays he finally broke the 10-year-old 800 meter record with a time of 1:48.89, beating the old record held by Robert Price by 20/100th of a second.

Vanessa Hansen recorded the third best time in Chico State history in the women's 800 meters with a time of 2:14.85 in Modesto. Margaret Pridgen set the record in the event this year and Dallase Scott posted the second fastest 800 meter time just last week.

At the Sacramento Open, Rachello Sabo cleared 12-0 in the pole vault to put her 16th on the NCAA D-II list, of which the top 16 will be invited to the National Championships in Pomona.

Wildcat jumpers Peter Francis and Mike Davies finished 1-2 in the triple jump with leaps of 47-11.25 and 47-09, respectively.

Chico State's Margaret Pridgen named Female Athlete of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE’s Margaret Pridgen has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the week of April 26 through May 2.

Pridgen, a senior from San Clemente, set two school records during the week. She finished 4th in her 1,500 heat of the Stanford Cardinal Qualifier on April 30 with Division II provisional qualifying time of 4:29.92, eclipsing the former standard by three seconds. The time is the fastest in the CCAA and fifth best among Division II. Pridgen improved her school record in the 800 the following day at the Chico Twilight Open (May 1) with a provisional qualifying time of 2:11.93. The time is 3rd best in the CCAA and 10th best nationally.

Wildcats host final home meet of the season
CHICO - The Chico State track and field team hosted its final meet of the season under the lights at University Stadium on Saturday and the ideal conditions made for impressive marks and times.

Margaret Pridgen again improved her own school record in the 800 meters, taking second place with a time of 2:11.93. Dallase Scott finished third in the event at 2:12.80, for the second fastest time in school history.

Katie Lee (17:17.49), Alicia Wiley (18:06.28), and Andrea Carrillo (18:13.36) made it a 1-2-3 finish in the 5,000 meters. Lee’s time was just six seconds shy of her own school record.

Sarah Montez won the steeplechase crossing the line in a provisional qualifying time of 10:58.01, ten seconds ahead of the next competitor.

Other distance highlights for the women include Jennifer James 4:43.31 second-place finish in the 1500 meters.

The Chico State 4x400 relay finish of 3:53.56 was the fourth fastest in school history.

In the throws, Brianne Feris won the shot with a mark of 44-04 and finished fourth in the discus at 135-04. Teammate Melanie Glennen took top honors in the discus with a throw of 150-10 and placed fourth in the shot, 41-11.5. Stephanie Gustus finished third in both events with a 42-09 shot put and a 138-10 discus mark.

In the jumps, Becky Rankin took second place in the high jump, clearing 5-4 and Quiana Starr was second in the long jump with a leap of 18-08.

In the men’s sprints, Ryan Fitzpatrick had a huge night on his home track, winning both the 200 meters (21.77) and 400 meters (48.27). Teammates Peter Paplanus (49.02), Robert Keetch (49.44), and Tom Fitzpatrick (49.50) finished 3-4-5, respectively.

Harwell Lang was the top affiliated runner in the 100 meters, finishing second at 10.97.

The 1,500 meter run was dominated by Wildcats. Chris Eggers (3:52.95) won the events, Chris Layman (3:53.90) took third, Tyler Graff (3:54.04) finished in fourth, and Beau Bettinger (3:54.46) took fifth.

Patrick Boivin used a strong kick over the final 100 meters to take over first place for a 9:29.47 winning time in the steeplechase.

Antonio Miramontes was third in the 5,000 meters at 15:21.12.

In the jumps, Justin May won the high jump, clearing 6-8, and finished third in the long jump at 21-11.75.

Peter Francis took top honors in the triple jump with a leap of 47-10.5 and teammate Michael Davies was third at 46-8.

Aaron Weiss cleared the top height in the pole vault at 16-0, but settled for third place, based on number of misses.

Thrower Brendan Page improved his provisional mark in the shot put, winning the event with a heave of 57-3 and took second in the hammer at 173-4.

Troy Lalaguna’s throw of 192-9.5 was good enough for second in the javelin.

Two Wildcats set records at Stanford
PALO ALTO - Two Chico State athletes set women's school records at the Cardinal Invitational at Stanford.

Margaret Pridgen placed fourth in her heat in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 29.92 seconds, eclipsing the former school standard by three seconds.

In the 3,000 steeplechase, Jennifer James took 18th in a powerful field that included the American record-holder in 10:43.93 to set a Wildcat record.

On the men's side, Peter Paplanus won his heat in the 800 meters in a personal-best 1:49.12.

Pridgen improves her 800m school record
Wildcats compete in Oregon and Sacramento
This weekend the Chico State track teams split their efforts between two meets. A few ventured north to Eugene, Oregon, to tackle one of only a few 10k track events held each season on the West Coast, while the remainder of the team traveled to Sacramento State to compete in the Bruce Drummond Invite.

Up in Oregon, Missy Lendl won the 10,000 meters, posting a NCAA qualifying mark of 35:50.81. The time was a PR and the second fastest in Chico State history. Laura Cohen finished fifth, improving her PR by more than one minute with a time of 37:21.04, which reaches the provisional qualifying mark and is eighth fastest in Chico State history.

In Sacramento, Brianne Ferris was the Wildcats only two-event winner with a put of 44-08.75 with the shot, which improves her provisional mark, and a heave of 138-10 with the discus. Ferris’ effort in the discus was part of a 1-2-3 Chico sweep of the event. Melanie Glennen finished second at 134-04 and Stephanie Gustus was third, 132-0. Glennen also took third in the shot at 42-1.25.

Peter Paplanus just missed breaking the Chico State 800 meter record with a PR of 1:49.25. He won the event and teammate Beau Bettinger came in second with a season-best 1:52.56.

Margaret Pridgen improved on her recently obtained Chico State 800 meter record with a winning time in the event of 2:14.38. Dallase Scott took second, posting a PR of 2:15.52, the fourth fastest time in Chico State history.

Quianna Starr improved her provisional mark in the long jump with a leap of 19-4.25 to take second place. The mark is the best in the CCAA this season and sixth best in the nation.

Brendan Page continued his strong performances in the throws, winning the discus at 163-01 and taking second in the shot with a mark of 54-7.25.

Mike Davies won the triple jump with a mark of 48-01, recording the first provisional qualifying mark of his career.

Chris Layman won the 1500 meters with a season-best time of 3:55.54.

Ashley Rawlins cleared 5-1 in the high jump to win the event.

Graff sets school record at Mt. Sac meet
Wildcats have great showing at Woody Wilson in Davis
It was another split weekend for the Wildcats as just a couple runners headed to Southern California for the Mt. Sac Invitational and the rest of the squad competed at the Woody Wilson Invite in Davis.

Fifth-year senior Tyler Graff accomplished something he'd set out to do when he came to Chico State, record a sub 30-minute 10,000 meter time. He did it on Friday in Southern California, and in the process set a school record for the event. Graff's 29:55.85 time over the 25-lap race is a NCAA qualifying mark, and beat his PR by 30 seconds. His time is the first ever under 30 minutes by a Chico State runner.

Chico distance runners fared just as well in Davis, as Katie Lee won the 3,000 meters with a NCAA provisional mark of 9:52.67. Teammates Missy Lendl (9:58.56), Jennifer James (10:03.89), and Margaret Pridgen (10:08.56) made it a 1-2-3-4 Chico State finish in the event. All three marks were also provisional qualifiers. Wildcats Sarah Montez and Andrea Carrillo each hit PRs and finished in the top ten, showcasing the team's depth and talent.

Pat Boivin hit a PR and NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 5,000 meters, finishing second overall with a time of 14:48.52. Alicia Wiley shaved 38 seconds off her PR with a time of 10:33.85 in the 3,000 meters for a third-place finish.

At the 800 meter distance, Peter Paplanus won the event with a time of 1:50.41 and Vanessa Hansen finished third in the women's 800 at 2:16.07.

Ryan Fitzpatrick came in second in the 200 meters at 22.03. And both Chico State 4x400 teams took third place, the men at 3:21.65 and the women at 3:55.95.

In the field events, thrower Brendan Page took second in both the shot (54-00) and discus (169-01) and was third best in the hammer (179-03).

Melanie Glennen (45-04.25) and Brianne Ferris (43-03.75) finished 2-3 in the shot put. Glennen's mark is a provisional qualifier and the best this year by a Wildcat.

Peter Francis (44-10.75) and Mike Davies (44-09.75) finished 2-3 in the long jump, although neither had their best mark of the season.

Justin May recorded the best mark by any affiliated athlete in the long jump, taking fourth place with a leap of 21-11.75, his best effort of the year.

Wildcats took second place in both the men's and women's pole vault. Aaron Weiss cleared 15-5.75 and Rachelle Sabo recorded her best vault of the year at 11-05.75.

Troy Lalaguna took second in the javelin with a toss of 190-07, ten feet short of his best throw this season.

The Wildcats compete at the Cardinal Qualifier on Saturday, April 30, and will host their final home meet of the year on May 1 with the Chico Twilight Open, which begins at 3:00.

Katie Lee named CCAA track athlete of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Chico State’s Katie Lee has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the week of March 22-28.

Lee, a junior from Danville, shaved 11 seconds off her own school record in the 10,000-meter run with an NCAA Division II season best and automatic qualifying time of 35:23.43. She was the top non-Division I finisher, finishing 24th overall.

Wildcats compete at Brutus Hamilton Invitational
BERKELEY - Chico State was one of three Division II schools to compete in the vastly Division I invitational in Berkeley.

Peter Paplanus placed third in the 800 meters in 1 minute, 50.08 seconds for the Wildcat's highest finish on the day.

Justin May got fourth in the high jump (6 feet, 10 3/4 inches), Ryan Fitzpatrick placed sixth in the 400 (48.52) and Patrick Domek was seventh in the 400 hurdles (53.36).

Domek, Fitzpatrick, Paplanus and Tom Fitzpatrick won their heat in the 1,600 relay (3:17.02).

Sarah Montez led the women by qaulifying for nationals in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:17.69) in her first time running the event.

Margaret Pridgen finished 12th in the 1,500 (4:38.42) and Katie Lee finsihed 16th at 4:40.99.

Melanie Glennon finished fifth in discus (154-6), Sarah Wise got seventh in the pole vault (11-3), and Ryana Smith, Vanassa Hansen, Dallase Scott and Kathryn Bagwell won their heat in the 1,600 relay (3:59.40).

Seven Wildcats take top honors
SAN FRANCISCO - Seven Chico State athletes had first-place finishes Saturday at the Johnny Mathis Invitational in San Francisco.

On the men's side, Patrick Domek won the 400-meter hurdles in 52.53 seconds; Brendan Page was the shot-put champion with a throw of 56 feet, 7 inches; Justin May won the high jump with a leap of 6-8; Troy Lalaguna was first in the javelin at 177-10; Aaron Weiss won the pole vault at 15-6; and Peter Francis was first in the triple jump with a mark of 45-6.

Page fared well in all of the throwing events, also taking second in the discus (163-5) and fourth in the hammer (175-6). Joel Martinez was second in the 5,000 in 14:56.

Margaret Pridgen set a school record in the women's 800 with a time of 2:14.65, eclipsing the standard set by Amy Crislip in 2000. The Wildcats' Vanessa Hansen, the third-place finisher, equaled Crislip's time of 2:15.95.

Missy Lendl was the lone Chico State women's champion, winning the 5,000 in 17:27.93. Jennifer James was second in 17:40.50.

Melanie Glennen was second in the discus (151-3), Sarah Weiss was second in the pole vault (11-0) and Brianne Ferris was third in the shot put (43-2).

Wildcats make impressive showings at two meets
The Chico State track and field team split the squad last weekend, sending the distance runners to the Stanford Invitational and the sprinters, throwers and jumpers to the Sac State Invite. Both squads had good showings among stiff competition.

Distance highlights include a provisional qualifying mark by junior Katie Lee in the 10,000 meters. Lee shaved 11 seconds off her own school record in the event in her first attempt at the distance this season with a time of 35:23.43. She was the top non-Division I finisher and currently holds the best Division II time in the nation in the event.

Freshman Charlie Serrano competed in the 5,000 meters among many of the best Division I and unattached runners in the nation and came away with the second fastest time in school history at 14:25.36, which is currently the fastest time in Division II. Chris Layman also competed in the event, clocking a 14:50.07.

In the 800 meters senior Peter Paplanus (1:52.50) and freshman Beau Bettinger (1:52.89) finished 20th and 24th, respectively, in the highly talented field.

Margaret Pridgen recorded a provisional qualifying time in the 1500 meters with a 4:39.48.

In the women’s steeplechase, sophomore Jennifer James was 17th overall at 10:59.76, a time that currently leads all Division II, and senior teammate Kristi Cangiamilla finished 25th at 11:08.37.

At the Sac State Invite, thrower Brendan Page recorded three NCAA provisional qualifying marks. He won the shot put with a mark of 57-00.25 to improve on his previous provisional mark. He was the top collegiate finisher, third overall, with a heave of 165-10 in the discus, which matched his previous provisional mark, and his throw of 171-05 in the hammer was a new provisional mark.

Troy Lalaguna won the javelin throw with a toss of 200-07, bettering his next best competitor by 19 feet. Chico’s Jacob Sanderson took third place with a mark of 180-09.

Peter Francis (48-04.75) and Michael Davies (47-05.75) finished 1-2 in the triple jump. Francis’ mark is a provisional qualifier, as well.

Justin May won the high jump with a leap of 6-9.75, a provisional qualifying height, and was fifth in the long jump at 21-11.5.

Ryan Fitzpatrick finished second in the 400 meters at 48.88 and won his 200 meter heat to finish 8th overall at 21.81.

Chico’s 1600 meter relay took second place in a time of 3:21.13.

On the women’s side, Melanie Glennen won the discus with a throw of 157-08, which is the third best mark in Chico State history.

Brianne Ferris took second in the shot put with a provisional qualifying mark of 43-10.75.

In the 800 meters, Vanessa Hansen clocked a 2;16.66, good enough for second overall and teammate Kathryn Bagwell finished with the seventh best time of 2:20.34.

The Wildcats next compete at the Johnny Mathis Open in San Francisco on Saturday, April 3, and the Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno on April 3-4.

Wildcats host first full track meet of the season
CHICO - What started out as a small meet between the CCAA North schools (Chico State, San Francisco State, Cal State Stanislaus, and Sonoma State) turned into a meet with 15 schools and many talented unattached runners. The meet, which began at 10 a.m. and lasted until 7 p.m., had a field of over 400 participants. Luckily for the Wildcats, the home-track advantage and the beautiful weather made for some great races, times, and marks.
Men's Results
Women's Results

Nine Wildcats bring home top honors
TURLOCK - The Chico State men's and women's track and field team had a combined nine first-place finishers at a California Collegiate Athletic Association meet in Turlock.

In addition to the Wildcats, the meet featured CCAA schools Stanislaus State, San Francisco State and Sonoma State, along with Fresno State.

For the men, Brendan Page won the shot put (55 feet, 5 inches) and was second in the discus (155-10). Patrick Domek won the 400 hurdles (53.59 seconds) and was second in the 110 hurdles (15.6).

Other Wildcat men's winners were Justin May in the high jump (6-8), Mike Davies in the triple jump (46 1 3/4), Troy Lalaguna in the javelin (190-7), Peter Paplanus in the 800 (1:55.17) and Tyler Graff in the 3,000 (8:30). Runners-up included Peter Francis in the triple jump (45-11 3/4) and Aaron Weiss in the pole vault (16-6).

Women's winners were Quiana Starr in the long jump (18-8) and Katie Lee in the 3,000 (10:26). Melanie Glennen was second in the shot put (44-7) and discus (145-9) and Vanessa Hansen was second in the 800.

Katherine Bagwell was third in the 800 (2:20.97), Brianne Ferris was third in the shot put (41-2) and Rachelle Sabo was fourth in the pole vault (11-0).

The Wildcats host the CCAA North Opener next Saturday, March 13 at University Stadium.
Complete Results

Track and Field season opens with multi-event competitions in Chico
The Chico State track and field team officially opened its 2004 season with a two-day decathlon and heptathlon competition at University Stadium, March 4-5.

Chico State's Brianna White, who led after the first day of the heptathlon competition due to wins in the 100 meter hurdles and the high jump, finished fourth overall with 4,262 points.

Cal State Stanislaus' Amanda Oliver (4,616) won the final two events to take the top honor. With a win in the long jump, Katie Miller from Clark College held a slim five-point lead over Oliver after five events, but had to settle for second place in the meet.

Sophia Ruiz finished with 3,475 points for the Wildcats. Ashley Rawlins collected 2,992 points, but received no points in the javelin. The final Chico State decathlete was Malia Prentice, who competed in the first six events for a total of 2,866, but did not run the final 800 meter event.

In the decathlon Brian Bernard out of Clackamas Community College won six of the ten events at the 2004 Chico Multi to win the event with 6,792 points. Bernard won four of the five events on day one - 100 meter dash, long jump, high jump, and 400 meter dash. He opened day two scoring with a win in the 110 hurdles. Later in the day he won the pole vault and he finished second in the grueling final 1,500 meter run.

Cody Fleming of Land Community College was second with 6,534 points and wins in the shot put and discus.

Chico's top finisher was Chris Greene, who finished in sixth place with 5,277 points. The Wildcats' other entry, Vincent Boatwright did not compete in the final two events.
Complete heptathlon results
Complete decathlon results

Track and Field ready to compete
It’s the time of year when track coaches put pencil to paper to see how their teams stack up to the competition. With 38 events and more than 90 athletes to keep track of, the task isn’t an easy one.

Both Chico State track and field teams finished second at last year’s CCAA Championships and sent a combined total of 15 athletes to the National Championships, but neither team is willing to coast on those accomplishments.

Gary Towne’s extremely successful cross country program benefits both teams, but that’s just a piece of the puzzle. Add to that a solid core of returners and a strong class of recruits—and you’ve got the makings of an exciting season.

At last year’s NCAA Championships the women’s team finished 12th in the nation, led by All-Americans Katie Lee, Lindsay Kuhen and Brianna (Cardenas) White. In addition to her All-American status, Lee set school records in the 3k, 5k and 10k along the way.

“Katie Lee is one of those rare athletes that has the ability to be an all-American in four difference events,” said head women’s track and field coach Oliver Hanf. “In her case it’s just choosing which ones she wants to focus on.”

Adding to the distance threat are Kuhen, who destroyed the Chico State steeplechase record in her first year in the event; Missy Lendl, who ran in the 5k last year and was the top Wildcat at the this year’s cross country National Championships; and Kelly Ortlieb. Both Lendl and Ortlieb earned cross country All-American honors.

In the middle distance, incoming freshman Katherine Bagwell from Beaverton, Oregon, holds a time in the 800 meters that is not far from the Chico State record. She’ll join a talented group of runners, with senior Vanessa Hansen leading the way.

The field events look to be strong. Returning from a redshirt year is senior jumper and sprinter Quianna Starr, who placed 9th in the long jump at the 2002 national championships.

“It’s a joy to watch her run. She has as much natural talent as I’ve ever witnessed,” said Hanf. “If she believes in herself and puts her mind to it, she could be one of the top in the county.”

Heptathlete Brianna (Cardenas) White, who earned All-American honors last spring in the high jump, is also competitive in the open long jump and 100 hurdles.

“Brianna has that added sparkle in her eye this year and has put extra emphasis on so much more than just her basic training,” said Hanf. “Her motivation this year is so obvious you can’t help but get excited.”

Also adding to the strength of the heptathlon crew are Darci Burton, who played volleyball for the 'Cats and redshirted last track season; Malia Prentice; Sophia Ruiz; and rookie Ashley Rollins, a Pleasant Valley High graduate.

The throwers’ circle is heating up under coach Tim Fua, who may have his best crew to date. Although CCAA Champion Allison Kennedy is redshirting, junior Brianne Ferris, transfers Melanie Glennen and Stephanie Gustus, and freshman Kali Vandervort are all poised to step in.

Dick Hotchkiss is coaching a slew of talented pole vaulters. Rachelle Sabo, a transfer from the junior college ranks, holds a personal best of11'7 , and returner Sarah Weiss has cleared 11 feet.

On the men’s team, the distance squad will be tough to catch. Cross country All-Americans Patrick Boivin, Tyler Graff and Joel Martinez will all be on the track this spring. The squad is extremely deep, with Vernon Ruiz, Charlie Serrano and Chris Eggers, who returns to the track after redshirting last season, in the mix.

The middle distances are looking just as good. Steven Springhorn, who received All-American status last year on the track in the 1,500 meters, returns, along with Chris Layman, who also hit a provisional qualifying time in the 1,500. Senior Peter Paplanus, who didn’t compete last year, should challenge the school’s 800 meter record. Freshman redshirt Beau Bettinger is primed and itching to compete.

“With his range and work ethic, Beau could run any distance from 800 meters to 10,000 meters for us,” said head men’s track and field coach Kirk Freitas. “This is a guy who comes early and stays late and is totally committed to his training.”

Two redshirt senior sprinters, Bryan Babcock and Ryan Fitzpatrick, will be back in the starting blocks this spring. Both received All-CCAA honors in 2002.

Sophomore hurdler Patrick Domek, who earned All-CCAA honors last year as a true freshman, is ready to kick it up another notch.

“I can honestly say he is the fastest freshman intermediate hurdler I’ve brought in during my 25 years as a head coach here at Chico State,” said Freitas. “We’re expecting some really exciting races from him.”

Last year’s CCAA triple jump champion Peter Francis is back for his junior season. Senior high jumper Justin May, who competed in last year’s national championships, will be looking to put up even better marks this season, and decathlete Vince Boatwright is a threat in the jumps as well.

“Vince is not only one of the best multi athletes in the conference, he’s also a threat to score points in the high jump and pole vault,” said Freitas. “If we can just keep him healthy he can be a definite threat in the conference and at nationals.”

Pole vaulter Aaron Weiss returns for his junior year after competing at last year’s NCAA national championships.

The throwers have some experienced returners who should mix well with the talented transfers. Senior Doug Hewlett, who was the 2002 CCAA javelin champion, and sophomore Troy Lalaguna, who finished second at last year’s conference championship, both return. Transfer Brian Thunborg finished fifth in the discus at the Junior College State Meet, and Jacob Sanderson was sixth in the javelin. Also joining the Wildcats is Brenden Page, one of the top all-around junior college throwers.