Women's track announces two signings
Chico State women's track coach Oliver Hanf recently announced the signings of two additional athletes for the 2005-06 season.
Elle Cruikshank, a junior college transfer from Santa Ana College, will compete for the Wildcats as a heptathlete. Cruikshank won the heptathlon in last year's California Junior College State Meet with a score of 4,618, which would have been a Division II provisional qualifying mark. She also ranked third in the state in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 63.75.
Ricki Sullivan, an incoming freshman from Harbour High School in Santa Cruz, comes to Chico State after winning the triple jump at the Central Coast Section Championships with a leap of 38-3, a mark good enough to meet the Division II provisional qualifying standard. She was also her conference champion in the long jump with a distance of 18-3.
2005 NCAA Track & Field Championships
May 26-28, 2005
Elmer Gray Stadium • Abilene, TX
Jon Rozborski wins national champion title
After three days, six Wildcats bring home seven All-American honors
Chico State junior Jon Rozborski won the javelin throw at 226 feet, 10 inches to become a national champion on Saturday, the final day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Abilene, Texas.
Rozborski shattered the school record in the javelin earlier this seson with a throw of 231 feet, 3 inches, breaking the old mark of 217-10 set in 1987.
In all, five Wildcats placed in the top eight today in their respective events to earn All-American honors.
Chico State senior Katie Lee earned her second All-America honor of the three-day meet with a fifth-place finish in the women's 5,000 (17:03.60) to go with her fifth in the 3,000 on Friday. Lee is now a six-time All-American in her career as a Wildcat.
Junior Jennifer James placed third in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:45.27 to receive her second straight All-American honor in the event.
Senior teammate Steven Springhorn, who held the nation's best time in his event entering the National Championships, finished fifth in the men's 1,500 (3:48.15). Springhorn was also an All-American in the 1,500 meters in 2003.
Sophomore Charlie Serrano, in his second trip to the National Championships, earned the title of All-American with a seventh-place finish in the men's 5,000 (14:31.25).
Ciara Harvey was 12th in the women's 3,000 steeplechase. Troy Lalaguna was 13th in the men's javelin.
Two Wildcats crowned All-American
ABILENE, Tex. - Chico State seniors Katie Lee and Peter Francis earned All-America honors by placing in the top eight in their respective events on Friday, the second day of the three-day NCAA Divison II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Abilene, Texas.
Lee finished fifth in the women's 3,000 meters with a time of 9:45.84.
Francis took eighth in the men's triple jump with a 48-6 leap.
Senior Abbey Butler finished 10th in the women's heptathlon with 4,776 points, taking seventh in the long jump (17-9), 10th in the javelin (101-4) and 10th in the 800 (2:30.83).
In preliminary races, Lee also qualified for the finals in the 5,000 with a time of 17:39.90, and Charlie Serrano made the finals of the men's 5,000 in 14:52.75.
Chris Layman (15:52.38) failed to advance in the men's 5,000 while Butler was 15th (14.53) in the 100 hurdles and failed to advance.
In the women's 800, Dallase Scott (2:14.49) was 12th and did not qualify for the final, and in the men's 800, Dustin Fee was 10th (1:52.76) and missed the finals by one place.
Wildcats send three to finals in first day of National Championship
ABILENE, Tex. - After the first day of competition at the Division II Track and Field National Championships in Abilene, Texas, the Wildcats have not crowned an All-American, but three athletes qualified for Saturday's finals.
Missy Lendl and Laura Cohen were the only Wildcats to compete in a final on Thursday. Both were at the starting line for the 10,000 meter run, the final event of opening day. Coming into the event Lendl was ranked sixth, but couldn't hold that position as she finished ninth in a time of 37:07.66, just out of the coveted top eight All-American spots. Cohen did not complete the race.
Returning All-American Jennifer James and Ciara Harvey both qualified for the finals in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. James posted the fifth fastest qualifying time of 11:02.51 and Harvey claimed the final 12th spot with a time of 11:13.88. The final will be held on Saturday.
Steven Springhorn, who entered the prelims of the 1,500 meters with the fastest time in the nation, got the job done. He qualified for Saturday's final with the second best time of the day, 3:54.40. Beau Bettinger wasn't as fortunate in the event. He finished 15th at 11:13.88 and will not advance to the final.
Abbey Butler entered the Heptathlon with the ninth best mark among the competitors and that's exactly where she sits after the first day of competition. Butler combined for 2,926 points through the first four events, just 17 points out of eighth place. The final three events of the multi will be held Friday morning. Butler then will return to run in the 100 meter hurdles prelim on Friday evening.
Also on Friday: Dustin Fee competes in the 800 meter prelim; Peter Francis competes in the triple jump finals; Katie Lee runs in her first event, the 3,000 meter final; and Charlie Serrano, Chris Layman, and Lee all run in the 5,000 meter prelims.
Fifteen Wildcats headed to 2005 NCAA Track & Field Championships
Fifteen Chico State track and field athletes are packing their bags and heading for the 2005 NCAA Division II Track and Field National Championships in Abilene, Texas. Eight men and seven women will represent the Wildcats as they compete for All-American honors May 26-28. The top eight finishers in each event receive All-American status.
On the men's side, two Chico State athletes hold the top Division II mark in their respective event. Steven Springhorn, who was an All-American in the 1,500 meters in 2003, holds the top mark in the event this year with a time of 3:43.77. It will be Springhorn's third trip to the National Championships. Jon Rozborski, who set the Chico State school record in the javelin this year with a throw of 231-03, also holds the top spot in the nation leading into his first NCAA appearance.
All-American Charlie Serrano, who is making his second trip to nationals, will go for the honor again in the 5000 meters. He enters the event with the tenth fastest time (14:19.24) in the nation.
Distance runners Beau Bettinger and Chris Layman are both making their first trip to nationals. Bettinger will compete in the 1,500 meters, along with teammate Springhorn, and brings the eighth fastest time (3:49.79) into the event. Layman, who is 19th on the entry list with a time of 14:36.90, will race along side Serrano in the 5000 meters.
Also making the trip to the National Championships for the first time are Peter Francis, whose triple jump of 48-10.25 puts him tenth on the list, Dustin Fee, whose 1:52.16 in the 800 meters is 14th on the list, and Troy Lalaguna, whose javelin throw of 205-06 has him 13th on the entry list.
For the women, four time All-American Katie Lee will be on the track in two events. Lee is making her fourth trip to the National Championships and will compete in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, both of which she holds the Chico State record. She enters the 5,000 with the third best time (16:25.56) in the country and the 3,000 with the 11th best time (9:56.29).
Returning All-American Jennifer James will compete again in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase and this year enters the race with the fifth fastest time (10:47.70) of all entrants. Ciara Harvey, who is making her first appearance at nationals, will also be running with James in the Steeplechase. Harvey is 15th on the list of 16 athletes.
Missy Lendl, who just missed out on obtaining All-American last year, will compete again in the 10,000 meters and enters the event with the sixth best time (36:00.63) in the country.
First-time participant Laura Cohen will compete in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. She qualified 12th in the 10,000 and 19th in the 5,000/ Dallase Scott is 15th on the list of 17 800 meter runners.
Abbey Butler will be the busiest of all the Wildcats, contending in the seven-event Heptathlon and the 100 meter hurdles. Butler, who competed in both events in the 2003 National Championships, qualified for both events in the ninth slot this year with 4,762 points in the multi and a time of 14.07 in the hurdles.
2005 CCAA Track & Field Championships
May 5-7, 2005
University Stadium • Chico, Calif.
Chico State's Steven Springhorn named CCAA Male Track Athlete of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Chico State distance runner Steven Springhorn has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the week of April 25 through May 1.
Springhorn, a senior from Redding, recorded the nation’s fastest 1,500-meter time among Division II collegians this season at the Stanford Invitaitonal last week (May 1). He finished 11th behind several professional runners and Division I All-Americans with an NCAA Division II Championship automatic qualifying time of 3:43.76. The mark is the second fastest in school history, just a fraction of a second behind the school record that has stood since 1971.
Chico Twilight Open
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Melanie Glennen was a double winner for host Chico State at the 2005 Chico Twilight Open, taking the hammer throw with a mark of 146 feet, 8 inches, as well as the discus (142-5) in the seven-team meet.
Abbey Butler also won two events, taking the 100-meter hurdles in 14.07 seconds, a national qualifying mark, and winning the long jump (18-0).
Other Chico State winners on the men's side were Peter Francis in the triple jump (48-10 1/4), a national qualifying mark; Tyrone Thompson in the 110 hurdles (15.02), and Tim Tollefson in the 3,000 steeplechase.
Wildcat women's winners were Neicy Sandelin in the 400 (58.29), Brianne Ferris in the shot put (42-11), Melissa Sinclair in the 800 (2:14.8) and Ciara Harvey in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:21).
Chico State's Laura Cohen placed second in the 10,000 meters (36 minutes, 57 seconds), eighth-best all-time in school history. Teammate Missy Lendl was 11th in the 5,000 (17:16) and Jennifer James took 13th (17:20), the second- and third-fastest times in school history, respectively. All three were provisional national qualifying times.
Wildcats continue to gather first-place finishes and NCAA qualifying marks
DAVIS - The Chico State Wildcats tallied six first-place finishes and posted several NCAA qualifying marks at the Woody Wilson Classic hosted by UC Davis on Saturday.
For the men, Jon Rozborski won the javelin with a mark of 215-5. Chris Layman won the 5k with a provisional qualifying mark of 14:36.90 and Peter Francis took top honors in the triple jump at 47-9.
Abbey Butler was won the long jump with a 18-4 leap. The women’s 4x400 meter relay team made up of Bulter, Neicy Sandelin, Kat Bagwell and Ryana Smith finished first with a time of 3:53.43. Butler also placed second in the 100 meter hurdles at14.27 and ran a season best 25.57 in the 200m
In the 3k race, the Wildcats made it a 1-6 sweep with Missy Lendl winning the event in provisional qualifying time of 10:04.76, followed by Jennifer James (10:08.26, provisional mark), Laura Cohen (10:10.04, provisional mark), Lindsey Kuehn (10:30.92), Ciara Harvey (10:31.48), and Paige Osborn (10:32.14)
Dustin Fee was second in the 800 meters with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1:52.47 and Steven Springhorn’s time of 1:52.60 in the event was good enough for fourth place and a provisional mark of his own. Tyrone Thompson took second in the 110 meter hurdles in 15.17, and Beau Bettinger finished second in the 1500 meters in a time of 3:51.39, another provisional mark for the Wildcats.
Melissa Sinclair improved her 800-meter PR by four seconds to place second in a time of 2:15.51 and Kat Bagwell was third in the event at 2:16.23. Those times rank fifth and sixth best on the Chico State all-time list.
Freshman Stevie Odle pole vaulted 11-6 to place second and reach a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Melanie Glennen also reached a provisional mark in the shot put, with a distance of 43-8.5 to place fourth. Darci Burton was fifth in the javelin, improving her NCAA provisional mark with a PR throw of 135-4.
Neicy Sandelin, ran a personal best 58.32 in the 400 meters to place fourth. Dallase Scott finished fourth in the 1500 meters at 4:47.42.
Katie Lee entered the 10k race at Mt. Sac in Southern California with the hopes of recording a 34-minute time. Despite falling short of her goal, Katie Lee reached another NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a time of 36:07 for the 25-lap race 10k race.
A handful of distance runners will travel to Eugene, Oregon to face some tough competition on Friday and the Wildcats will host the Chico Twilight Open with the field events starting at 3:00 and the running events beginning at 4:30.
Wildcats post five povisional marks in Berkeley
Five provisional NCAA qualifying marks were reached at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational held at UC Berkeley on Saturday. Chico State was the only non-Division I program at the meet. As of today there are ten women and eight men that have recorded at least a provisional national mark. Katie Lee, Steven Springhorn and Jon Rozborski have automatic marks and are assured a trip to Abilene, Texas at the end of May.
Senior Abbey Butler ran the seventh fastest 100 hurdle time in Division II this year, posting a time of 14.21. She easily won her heat to qualify for the finals, where she placed fifth at 14.29.
Lee, who already has an automatic qualifier in the 5K and provisional in the 3K, added to her national resume by stopping the clock at 4:35.34 in the 1500. It is the third fastest time in school history and puts her seventh in the current national rankings.
Senior Dallase Scott is now ranked ninth on the national list after running a season best 2:13.97 in the 800 meters. She and Butler (57.8 split) also teamed up with Ryana Smith (58.9) and Neicy Sandelin (58.9) in the 4 x 400 meter relay and ran the sixth fastest time in school history (3:54.41).
Smith had an open 400 time of 58.33 which puts fifth among all CCAA competitors. Junior Darci Burton threw a PR in the javelin, 134-2 to reach a provisional qualifying mark.
Competing for the first time in a Wildcat uniform, freshman Lindsay Lightsey cleared the opening height in the high jump of 5'2". Senior Brianna White cleared 5'4".
For the men, Jon Rozborski placed second in the javelin with a toss of 211-4. He currently leads the nation with a mark of 231-3. Troy Lalaguna improved to eighth on the national list with a toss of 203-9. Chris Heslin ran a season best 22.25 in the 200. Beau Bettinger ran 1:54.39 in the 800 meters to be the be the fourth Chico State runner to go under 1:55 this season.
In only his fifth time running the event, J.J. Akins-Dunbar ran 54.38 in the 400 hurdles to win his heat. The Wildcats host the 2005 CCAA Championships, May 5-7.
Jon Rozborski named CCAA Male Track Athlete of the Week after smashing school javelin mark
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CHICO STATE thrower Jon Rozborski has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the week of March 28-April 3.
Rozborski, a junior from Gardena, shattered the school record and set the NCAA Division II season-high in the javelin with an NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 231 feet, 3 inches at the Bob Mathias Fresno Relays (Apr. 2). The mark broke the previous Chico record by 14 feet and is 12 feet farther than the 2nd-best mark in Division II this year.
Rozborski breaks 1987 school record
FRESNO - Chico State's John Rozborski shattered the school record in the javelin with a throw of 231 feet, 3 inches, breaking the old mark of 217-10 and taking first place at the four-way meet that included host Fresno State, Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Bakersfield.
Rozborski's toss is a NCAA automatic qualifying mark and leads the nation for Division II marks this season.
Highlights from Bob Mathias Fresno Open hosted by Fresno State:
Brianna White tied for first in the high jump with a mark of 5-4.25 and Ashley Rollins tied for fifth with a height of 5-0.25.
Abby Butler was second in the 100 meter hurdles, recording a 14.75 and finished third in the long jump (18-5.25).
In the 400 meters, Erin Loftin finished third with a 58.47 mark and Neicy Sandelin was fourth at 58.78
Darci Burton took third in the javelin with a throw of 127-1.
In the 800 meters, Katherin Bagwell’s time of 2:17.85 place her fourth and Melissa Sinclair finished fifth with a time of 2:19.48
Dallase Scott ran 4:49.00 in the 1500 meters for fourth place.
In the pole vault, Rachelle Sabo (10-11.75) finished third and Sarah Weiss, Stevie Odle, and Jocelyn Likens all tied for fifth at 10-06.
White (16.60), Rollins (16.42), Amber Azevedo (16.45), and Danielle Andrade (16.93) finished 4th -7th in the 100 hurdles.
Melanie Glennen (42-9.75) and Brianne Ferris (41-11.25) finished fourth and fifth in the shot put.
On the men's side, Steven Springhorn took top honors in the 800 meters, finishing with a provisional qualifying mark of 1:52.20 and David Wellman was fourth at 1:52.44.
Robert Keetch won the 200 meters with a time of 21.09.
Peter Francis took the top honor in the triple jump with a lead of 47-11.75 and Mike Davies finished fourth with a mark of 45-10.5.
Chris Heslin, Harwell Lang, and Elijah Markstrom all ran in the same heat of the 100 meters. Heslin and Land tied for third at 11.16 and Marstrom finished right behind at 11.17.
In the 1500 meters, Beau Bettinger took second at 3:54.40 and Chris Layman (4:00.59) and Dustin Fee (4:01.71) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Troy Lalaguna took third in the javelin throw at 200-10.
J.J. Dunbar-Atkins finshed third in the 400 hurdles at 54.97.
Gabe Velasquez took fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.69.
The relay teams finished second in the 4x400 (3:21.88) and third in the 4x100 (42.48).
A group of distance runners competed at the Johnny Mathis Invite at San Francisco State. Highlights from the meet:
Patrick Boivin won the 5,000 meters with a 10-second PR time of 14:37.81, a provisional qualifying mark.
Chris Eggers' 800 meter time of 1:54.60 put him in third place.
Kellie Stephens finished fourth in the 3000 meters with a big PR of 11:02.07.
Joel Martinez was fourth in the 5000 meters at 14:51.35.
Paige Osborn took fifth place in the 5000 meters with a 20-second PR time of 18:04.98.
Ten Wildcats hit NCAA Championship marks at Stanford Invite
PALO ALTO - Most consider it just an honor to qualify to compete at the prestigious Stanford Invitational, but the Chico State track & field distance program took full advantage of the situation. The Wildcats sent 13 athletes to the two-day event, which features many of the best runners in the nation, and returned home with 10 NCAA qualifying marks, two of them automatic.
Katie Lee, shattered her own school record in the 5K, winning the second heat, which featured all but a couple Division I runners, with a time of 16:25.56. The mark is a Division II automatic qualifier, which guarantees the senior a spot at this year’s National Championships in Abilene, Texas. Lee, a four-time All-American and the defending CCAA Champion in the 3K and 5K, shaved 37 seconds off her school-record time.
Steven Springhorn will also be making the trip to Texas at the end of May, as he hit an automatic qualifying time in the 1,500 meters. Springhorn, a senior, finished third in his heat with a time of 3:45.63, which was just three seconds off the fastest time of the day. His mark is the third best in Chico State history and the fastest in 20 years.
Laura Cohen posted the seventh fastest time in school history with a time of 17:33.89 in the third section of the women’s 5,000 meters. The mark was a 21-second PR for Cohen and hit the NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Chico State had three men reach NCAA provisional marks in the men’s 5,000 meters. Sophomore Charile Serrano clocked a personal-best 14:19.24, finishing fifth overall in the third section. The time is the second fastest in school history and the fastest time in 30 years. Beau Bettinger (14:32.52, 23rd) and Chris Layman (14:45.55, 31st) each recorded personal bests as well.
In the women’s 3,000 meter Steeplechase, All-American Jennifer James finished 13th in the first section with a provisional qualifying time of 10:47.70. James, a junior, already holds the school record in the event at 10:43.93 and can now boast the second-best time as well.
Ciara Harvey finished ninth in the second section of the Steeplechase, posting a solid PR of 11:17.33, which is good for a NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Sophomore Dustin Fee, new to the team and competing in his first open 800 meter of the year, sliced a good chunk off his existing PR with a time of (1:52.16) and grabbed an NCAA provisional mark in the process.
Senior Missy Lendl entered the 10K determined to notch an NCAA qualifier and came through successful, posting a 36:00.63 for the 25 laps.
Highlights from Hornet Inivte at Sac State
Peter Francis records provisional mark
For the women:
Brianne White tied for fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-3.75.
Brianne Ferris placed third in the shot put with a mark of 42-4.
Erin Loftin hit a personal best with her time of 58.90 in the 400 meters.
Katherine Bagwell was fourth in the 800 meters at 2:18.57.
Melanie Glennen was third in the discus (134-10), fifth in the shot (41-5.75), and eighth in the hammer (151-5).
Allison Kennedy took fourth in the discus at 133-8.
Darci Burton finished seventh in the javelin with a mark of 123-0.
Melissa Sinclair finished tenth in the 800 meters at 2:20.04.
On the men's side:
Peter Francis posted a NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump with a third-place leap of 47-10.5.
Jon Rozborski won the javelin throw with a heave of 215-2.
Troy Lalaguna made it a 1-2 Chico finish with his 199-7 second-place javelin mark.
David Wellman finished fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.40.
Tony Garcia's height of 14-5.25 in the pole vault tied him for eighth.
Butler wins second heptathlon of the season
BERKELEY - Chico State's Abby Butler topped a field of 15 competitors to win the B-group heptathlon at the California Multi-Event Invitational in Berkeley.
Butler compiled 4,733 points, which bettered her national-meet qualifying mark she set three weeks ago when she won the Chico Multi Invitational. She placed first in the long jump with a leap of 18-0.25.
The Wildcats' Darcy Burton placed third with 4,283 points, winning the javelin with a throw of 132-2. Brianna White was fourth (4,237) and Ashley Rollins was 11th (3,725).
Wildcats looking good at home relays
CHICO - The Chico State women's track team took first place at the inaugural Wildcat Relays on Saturday, while the men's team finished second behind Fresno State.
Chico State runners Katie Lee (17:25) and Missy Lendl (17:40) took the top two spots in the women's 5,000-meter run, with 14 teams entered in the meet.
The Wildcats' Abbey Butler won the long jump with a mark of 17-11.75 and won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.72.
In the hammer throw, Melanie Glennen extended her own Chico State record with a mark of 156-6, and Alison Kennedy finished second at 149-5. Glennen also won the discus with a throw of 142-5.
Chico State's Ciara Harvey won the 3,000 steeple chase in 11:31, and Brianne Ferris won the shotput with a heave of 41-8. The Wildcats' Rachelle Sabo won the pole vault at 11-7.75, followed by Stevie Odle at 11-1.
The Cal State Stanislaus women finished second with 88 points, while Oregon Tech and San Francisco State tied for third with 73.
Fresno State had 154.5 points to lead the men's 13-team field, followed by Chico State (123.5) and Southern Oregon (68.5).
Chico State's Jon Rozborski won the javelin with a throw of 217-3, the best in NCAA Division II this season, while Troy Lalaguna was second with at 190-5.
In the 5,000, Chico State's Charlie Serrano won in 14:34, followed by teammate Steven Springhorn at 14:41.
Fresno State's Chris Berrian won the 100 meters in 10.67, followed by Butte College's Webster Patrick (10.74) and Mason Webster (10.86).
Wildcat sets school record at Warrior Opener
TURLOCK - Chico State's Melanie Glennen set a school record in the hammer throw at the Warrior Open in Turlock on Saturday. Her throw of 152-8 gave her a third-place finish in the event.
The Wildcats' Katherine Bagwell won the 800 meters in a time of 2:20.54. Teammates Melissa Sinclair (2:20.75) and Kayla Silva (2:22.05) were third and fourth, respectively.
Chico State claimed the top three places in the 3,000 meters with Katie Lee winning in 10:00.89, followed by Missy Lendl (10:08.70) and Laura Cohen (10:27.57). Abby Butler won the 100 hurdles in 15.21.
For the men, Jon Rozborski won the javelin (214-01) and Steven Springhorn (8:16.58), Charlie Serrano (8:24.29) and Beau Bettinger (8:26.18) took the top three spots in the 3,000.
Abbey Butler records provisional qualifying mark in home heptathlon
CHICO - In just the first multi-event competition of the season, Chico State senior Abbey Butler recorded a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark with 4,625 points in the two-day heptathlon held at University Stadium.
Butler won four of the seven events over the two days, including the long jump (17-08) and 800 meters (2:33.13) today to hold on to her first place standing.
It was a great day all around for the Wildcat women, who took the top three spots. Darci Burton finished second at 4,259 and Brianna White was close behind at 4,251 points. Burton was in fourth place after day one, but won the javelin (130-02) and finished third in the 800 meters to jump into second place.
Chico's Ashley Rawlins posted a personal best mark of 3,791 points to finish sixth overall.
In the decathlon, Hans Christenson of Oregon Tech won the final two events to take over first place and finish with 6.021 points.
Chico's Benji Chamberlain, who competed unattached, was second with 5,995 points, which included a win in the pole vault (14-1.25).and second place showings in the discus (117-02) and 1500 meters (4:48.51).
Wildcats in lead after day one of heptathlon
CHICO - Chico State tracksters Abbey Butler and Brianna White lead a field of ten athletes after day one of the multi-event heptathlon held today at University Stadium.
Butler won the first and last of the day's four events, 100 hurdles (14.74) and 200 meter dash (25.81). She finish with 2,813 points, an improvement of 300 points over last year's first day total at this same event.
White, who became ill the night before the competition, picked up 2,682 points to land in second place. White tied for the lead in the high jump with a leap of 5-1.25 and ran a personal-best in the 200 meters (26.54).
Chico's Darci Burton sits in fourth place with 2,376 points, having won the shot put with a throw of 33-06 and Ashley Rawlins is the final Wildcat in the event, sitting in fifth place with 2,288 points after a personal best in the shot put (28-6.5).
The seven events wrap up tomorrow, beginning at 10am.
No Chico State men are competing in the decathlon, which is being led by Logan Moore of Sacramento Community College with 3,448 points. Moore won the long jump (21-4.75) and shot put (41-9.25) and was second in the 400 meters (51.55) during the five, first-day events.
The final five events will begin tomorrow at 10 am.
Chico State Women's Track and Field 2005 Team Preview
Seniors Allison Kennedy (Santa Rosa JC), Melanie Glennen (Sac City) and Brianna Ferris (Potter Valley HS) are all national caliber athletes in the ring. Kennedy was the CCAA Discus Champion in 2003 with a toss of 152'7” and placed 9th at the NCAA Championships, missing All-American status by one spot. Glennen placed in all four throwing events at the CCAA Championships and competed at nationals in the shot and disc. She has the second-best hammer throw (147'9”) in Chico State history. She also ranks third in the discus (157'7”) and fourth in the shot (45'4). Ferrris, who hit provisional NCAA qualifiers in the shot (44'8”) and the discus (141'9”) earned All-CCAA honors last year, placing third at the championships. Darci Burton (Jr., Butte College) will be the top returning javelin thrower with a PR of 121'1”.
Seniors Brianna White (Yuba College), Rachelle Sabo (Antelope Valley JC) and Abbey Butler (Yuba City HS) are all top jumpers in the conference. White, a 5'7” high jumper, and Sabo a 12'1” pole vaulter are both All-Americans. Butler's 18'7” long jump placed second in the 2003 CCAA Championships. Freshman Stevie Odle (Del Mar HS) and Lindsay Lightsey (Alhambra HS) represent the future in the vertical events. Odle has a PR of 11'9” in the pole vault and finished seventh at the California HS Championships. Lightsey cleared 5'4” at the North Coast section finals to place second and advance to the State Meet where she finished 15th overall.
Ryana Smith (Jr. Hayward HS) finished her sophomore season with a bang, earning All-CCAA honors in the 400 meters in her first race of the year in the event. Her time of 57.90 ranks ninth on Chico State's all-time list. Erin Loftin (Fr., Aptos HS) primarily ran the 100 and 200 meters in high school but switched to the 400 at the end of her senior year. She ended up with a time of 57.18 at the Central Coast Section finals missing the state meet by one place. Neicy Sandelin (Jr., Butte College) ran the quarter in 59.22 to place sixth at the California JC State Meet.
In 2003 Abbey Butler had a magical year. She set a PR in the 100H just about every race she competed in. Her times dropped all the way down to 14.09, which ranks second all-time at Chico State and was the fourth fastest time in the nation. After red-shirting last year she is back for her senior season. A pair of Whites, Brianna and Breeanna, have run 15.17 and 15.31, respectively. Brianna is a senior heptathlete who also specializes in the high jump and long jump. Breeanna is a freshman from Rancho Bernardo HS and has run the 300 hurdles in 46.94.
Dallase Scott (Sr. N. Tahoe HS) has made the transition from high school sprinter to a national-caliber collegiate distance runner. Not only has she run the second fastest 800 (2:12.80) in school history, but added the 1500 (4:44) and cross country to her repertoire. Her 58.9 relay split helped last year's squad run the 4th fastest time in school history (3:52.
Katherine Bagwell (So. Beaverton, OR) had a very consistent freshman year. She broke into the top-ten list in the 800 with a 2:16. 87. She scored at the CCAA meet and was a valuable runner on the 4 x 400 relay. Kayla Silva (Fr. Chico HS) is back in action after suffering a season-ending injury in her senior year at Chico High. As a junior she blazed a 2:16.9 in just her third time ever running the 800.
Katie Lee (Sr. San Ramon Valley H.S.) enters her senior season with very impressive credentials. She qualified for the nationals in each of her three years and earned All-American honors each time. As a sophomore she placed second at the NCAA Championships in the 10K. Last year she competed in both the 5K and 10K and received All-American honors in both. She owns the school record in the 3K (9:45), 5K (17:02) and 10K (35:23). Missy Lendl (Sr. Foothill H.S.). Missy was the first Wildcat cross country runner to earn an All-American award. On the oval she has run the second fastest 10K (35:50) and fifth-best 5K (17:25) in school history. Jennifer James (Jr. Enterprise H.S., Redding) is both a cross country and track All-American. She led the cross country team to its second-straight Western Region title in the fall. She set the school record in the steeplechase last spring with a time of 10:43.
Abbey Butler's score of 4,747 points ranks fifth in the Wildcat record books. She placed 11th at the 2003 national championships. Brianna White is back from a medical red-shirt season. Her score of 4,438 was second in the CCAA two years ago. Former Butte College athletes Darci Burton (Corning HS) and Ashley Rawlins (Pleasant Valley HS) will make this crew very strong. Burton (4,218) has a javelin PR of 121', and Rawlins has cleared 5'3” in the high jump.