2006 Season Archive

NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships
Emporia, Kansas
Serrano, James receive All-American honors
EMPORIA, Kansas - Distance runners Charlie Serrano and Jennifer James both earned All-American honors in the final day of the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships at Francis G. Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kansas.

With a fourth-place finish in the men's 5,000 meters in a time of 14:52.59, Serrano picked up his second All-American honor of the championships and the fourth of his career on the track, giving him a total of five certificates, including his cross country honor this season.

James earned her third-straight All-American honor in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth with a time of 11:08.13. She now has five All-American honors to her name, three on the track and two in cross country.

Tim Rozborski finished 10th in the javelin with a heave of 204-10, missing out on the final ninth qualifying spot, which would have guaranteed him three more throws. Darci Burton, who also competed in the heptathlon, finished 10th in the women's javelin at 140-1.

Four-time All-American Brendan Page, tried to make it five, but ended up 12th in the discus with a throw of 156-7.

As far as the team standings went, the Chico State men finished 20th and the women's team was 44th.

Page earns fourth All-American honor
EMPORIA, Kansas - Chico State senior Brendan Page earned the fourth All-American honor of his career with an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 55-9 on Friday at the 2006 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships. He will compete again on Saturday in the discus.

Darci Burton narrowly missed out on the final All-American spot in the heptathlon, finishing ninth with 4,719 points. She had the top throw in the javelin at 144-3, an event she will compete in again in the open event on Saturday.

Charlie Serrano, who picked up All-American honors on Thursday night in the 10,000 meters, advanced to the final in the 5,000 meters preliminaries with a time of 14:54.80 on Friday. Teammates Kyle Ivie, Patrick Boivin, and Scott Bauhs, who also received All-American honors in the 10,000 meters, did not qualify for the 10,000 meter final. Ivie finished 18th and Boivin and Bauhs did not complete the race.

One the women's side, Neicy Sandelin finished 16th in the 800 meter prelims in a time of 2:16.55 and did not advance to the finals.

Serrano, Bauhs earn All-American honors
EMPORIA, Kansas - Charlie Serrano and Scott Bauhs earned the first two All-American honors for Chico State at the 2006 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships at Francis G. Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kansas, on Thursday evening.

Serrano and Bauhs placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 10,000 meters. Serrano, a junior, ran the event in 30:28.93, to pick up his third career All-American certificate. He received All-American status the last two years in the 5,000 meters, an event both he and Bauhs will compete in on Friday. Bauhs, who holds the Chico State school record in the 10,000 meters, finished Thursday’s race in a time of 30:36.18

Senior Jennifer James qualified for the finals in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing comfortably in 11:18.26. She placed fourth in the first of two preliminary heats. She is ranked eighth out of 12 qualifiers and will run in the finals on Saturday at 3 p.m. to go for her third straight All-American honor in the event.

Darci Burton sits in 13th place after the first day of the two-day heptathlon with 2,615 points. Burton's best finish came when she tied for fourth place in the shot put with a heave of 36 feet, 9 1/2 inches.

Two other Wildcat men narrowly missed qualifying for their respective events. In the 1,500, freshman Michael Wickman ran a 3:57.65, just a tenth of a second out of the final qualifying spot.

Also, sophomore Tim Tollefson was one position away from qualifying in the 3,000 steeplechase, placing 13th and crossing the line in 9:36.52.

Wildcats send 11 to National Championships in Kansas
The Chico State track and field team is sending a mixture of seasoned veterans and first time participants to the 2006 NCAA Track & Field Championships in Emporia, Kansas, May 25-27.

Of the eight men qualifying for the championships, five will be making their first trip and the other three have five All-American certificates between them.

Senior Brendan Page, a three-time All-American in 2004 in the shot put, discus, and hammer, will try to add two more certificates to his arsenal. He has the fourth best mark of the 18 competitors in the shot put with prelims on Friday, and seventh best mark among discus throwers with prelims on Saturday.

Charlie Serrano, a two-time All-American in the 5,000 meters on the track and a cross country All-American this season, will compete again in the 5,000 meters, bringing the fourth best time into the prelims on Friday evening. For the first time in a national championship, Serrano will participate in two events, competing in the 10,000 meter final on Thursday.

Patrick Boivin, a four-time cross country All-American, returns to the track national championships again in search of his first track All-American honor. Boivin holds the 13th best time in the 5,000 meters, where 12 athletes will advance to the final from Friday’s prelims.

Scott Bauhs, a two-time cross country All-American will be making his first appearance at the track championships, having redshirted last year. He’ll compete along side Serrano in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, where he brings in the fourth and sixth best times, respectively, in the two races.

Kyle Ivie, Tim Tollefson, Michael Wickman, and Tim Rozborski are each attending the national championships for the first time. Ivie brings the eighth best time into the 5,000 meters. Tollefson holds the seventh best time in the Steeplechase, with prelims on Thursday. Wickman, a true freshman holds the 11th best mark in the 1,500 meters and will look to be one of the top 12 to advance in Thursday’s prelim. Rozborski holds the 14th best mark in the javelin and will be gunning for one of the top nine advancing spots after Saturday’s prelim.

On the women’s side, two-time cross country All-American and two-time track All-American Jennifer James, will try to make it three straight national honors in the Steeplechase. She finished third at last year’s championship and eighth the previous year. James brings the fifth best time into the Thursday prelim where 12 runners will advance to the finals.

Senior Darci Burton will be making her first appearance at a national championship and will be the Wildcats’ busiest athlete, having qualified for the open javelin and the Heptathlon. She holds the eighth best mark in the Heptathlon, which begins on Thursday morning and concludes Friday. She’ll enter Saturday’s open javelin prelims with the sixth best mark in the field.

Senior Neicy Sandelin will compete in the 800 meters in her first trip to the national championships. Sandelin is striving to be one of the top eight finishers to advance to the finals during Thursday’s prelim.

Boivin and James honored as Chico State Senior Athletes of the Year
Patrick Boivin and Jennnifer James were named the Chico State senior athletes of the year on Tuesday night at the 34th annual Chico Sports Hall of Fame and Senior Athletes' Banquet. The duo, both cross country and track standouts, accepted their awards in front of a crowd of 200 at the Chico Elks Lodge.

With four cross country All-America certificates to his credit, and as part of four teams to finish among the top five in the nation, Boivin stands as the most decorated cross country athlete in Chico State history. He’s received four All-conference, four All-Region, and four All-American honors for his cross country efforts.

During his four seasons his teams won four conference titles and four regional titles. He was named the West Region Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning his first regional title this year. Boivin wrapped up his cross country career with the program’s best finish ever, a third-place showing, at the national champions.

On the track, Boivin, who game to Chico from Rocklin High School, won two conference titles in the steeplechase and was an NCAA finalist in 2003 in the event.  This year Boivin has posted a provisional NCAA qualifying mark in the 5,000 meters and will wait to hear if he’ll compete for an All-American honor on the track in a couple weeks. 

Boivin has been accepted into Chico State’s Kinesiology master’s program and will assist head cross country coach Gary Towne next season.

Over the last four years, James, originally from Enterprise High School in Redding, has turned herself into one of the best distance runners in the NCAA at the Division II level. She has earned All-America honors on four occasions - twice on the track and twice in cross country, becoming the only female Chico State cross country runner to earn two All-American certificates.

James helped lead her cross country teams to four top-six national finishes over the last four years. She is also a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-Region honoree. She was the conference cross country champion in 2004 and lead her team to a perfect score of 15 points.

At the recent CCAA Track Championships, James won the 3,000 meter title and placed second in the Steeplechase, an event she won at the previous two conference championships.

Currently James has posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in four different events and will need to decide which events to run at this year’s national championships.

When she returns from the national championships in Kansas, James will head to the University of Washington where she has been accepted into their newly created master’s program in athletic administration.

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Wildcat men win third-straight CCAA title, women finish third
Seven Wildcats crowned individual champions
Kirk Freitas named Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year
Michael Wickman shares Men's Freshman of the Year honor

SAN DIEGO - The Chico State men’s track and field team won its third straight CCAA title and crowned five individual event champions at the 2006 CCAA Track and Field Championships hosted by UC San Diego. The Chico State women finished third and earned two CCAA individual titles.

Chico's Kirk Freitas received his third straight CCAA Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year honor and newcomer Michael Wickman (2nd in 800 meters, 3rd 1,500 meters) shared CCAA Men's Freshman of the Year honor

Men - 1. Chico State 211; 2. UC San Diego 165; 3. Cal State Stanislaus 120; 4. Cal State L.A. 113; 5. Cal Poly Pomona 104; 6. Cal State Bakersfield 100.

Women - 1. UC San Diego 265.5; 2. Cal State L.A. 158; 3. Chico State 117; 4. Cal State Dominguez Hills 72.5; 5. Cal State Stanislaus 67; 6. Cal State Bakersfield 62; 7. Cal Poly Pomona 48; 8. San Francisco State 34; 9. Sonoma State 30.

In the 1500 meters, Scott Bauhs (3:51.05) led the group of Wildcats that took the top five spots in the event:  Charlie Serrano (3:52.11), Wickman (3:53.05), Kyle Ivie (3:53.55) and Angel Marquez (3:53.91). Nick Clinton finished seventh. The Wildcats earned 35 of the 39 points available in the event.

Dustin Fee (1:52.66), the defending 800 meter champion, to led the Wildcats to a 1-2-3 finish in the event. He was followed by the freshman Wickman (1:52.74) and David Wellman (1:52.98). Daniel Mollo and Bobby McNeil finished fifth and eighth to give the Wildcats a total of 29 points in the event.

In the 5,000 meters, Serrano (14:32.42) won the CCAA title and Bauhs (14:43.97) came in second. Ivie finished fourth, Marquez fifth and Antonio Miramontes seventh to rake in another 29 points.

J.J. Akins-Dunbar (53.64)took third in the 400 meter hurdles and Patrick Domek (53.68) finished fourth.

Tim Tollefson (9:16.82) successfully defended his Steeplechase title with a decisive win, beating the second place finisher by five seconds.

Troy Lalaguna (199-11) won the javelin title and led the Wildcats to another 1-2-3 sweep with the help of David Guerin (184-04) and Tim Rozborski (181-07).

Brendan Page, who picked up points on Friday in the shot put and hammer, recorded a third-place finish in the discus with a throw of 166-10.

Zach Buchanan matched the top valuters at 15-1.5, but had to settle for third place, based on attempts and misses.

On the women’s side, Darci Burton (heptathlon) and Jennifer James (3,000 meters) won the only two women’s championship titles during Friday’s competition.

Today James, the defending Steeplechase champion, finished second in the event at 10:49.31. Ciara Harvey (11:23/80) took fourth place.

Mary Torres (17:30.37) finished second in the 5,000 meters, five seconds behind the leader.

Sarah Montez (4:40.40) took third in the 1,500 meters and Jennifer Strum (142-10) was third in the hammer throw. Neicy Sandelin (2:15.02) finished fourth in the 800 meters.

Individual event champions earned All-CCAA First Team honors, runners-up earned Second Team accolades and 3rd-place finishers received CCAA Honorable Mention.

Burton, James win CCAA track & field titles
SAN DIEGO – Chico State’s Darci Burton won the heptathlon with a final score of 4,678, which is a national qualifying mark, at the CCAA Track and Field Championships in San Diego.

Sophia Ruiz (4,427) finished fourth in the heptathlon, followed by Elle Cruikshank (4,407) for a total of 19 team points in the event.

Burton (141-8) and Cruikshank (118-10) picked up more additional team points in the open javelin, finishing second and sixth, respectively.

Jennifer James won the 3,000 meter CCAA title in 9:56.73 and Mary Torres (10:11.62) finished fifth in the event.

Nicole Barbour placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 124-6.

On the men’s side, Antonio Miramontes (31:22.72) and Jeff Wilson (31:45.81) finished second and third in the 10,000 meters and Rory Kuykendall (32:24.35) was sixth in the event for a total of 17 team points

Brendan Page took second place in the shot put (56-9.5) and fourth in the hammer throw (173-00). David Guerin finished sixth in the shot put 50-06.00.

The championships conclude on Saturday with 15 men's and 16 women's finals to be contested.

Standings after the first full day of competition:

Men (after 5 events): 1. Cal State Bakersfield 47; 2. Cal Poly Pomona 46; 3. Cal State L.A. 36; 4. Chico State 34; 5. Cal State Stanislaus 24; 6. UC San Diego 8.

Women (after 6 events: 1. UC San Diego 82; 2. Chico State 51; 3. Cal State L.A. 45; 4. Cal State Bakersfield 21; 5t. Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Stanislaus 16; 7. San Francisco State

Wildcats complete first day of CCAA Track & Field Championships
SAN DIEGO - Chico State's Darci Burton sits in second place after the first day of the women's heptathlon at the California Collegiate Athletic Association track and field championships hosted by UC San Diego on Thursday afternoon.

Burton, with 2,604 points, trails only Cal State L.A.'s Jamilah St. Cyr, with 3,016 points.

The Wildcats' Elle Cruikshank is in fourth place with 2,505 points, and Sophia Ruiz is in sixth with 2,489 points.

Ruiz and Burton went 1-2 in the high jump, leaping 5 feet, 3 inches and 5-0 1/2, respectively, and Cruikshank tied Burton for second in the event.

In the shot put, Burton's heave of 37-3 landed her in second, while Cruikshank's toss of 33-11 1/4 was good enough for fourth. Chico State freshman Ashley Atkinson placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 33-6.

In the men's decathlon, Chico State freshman Cameron Scott is in eighth place with 2,505 points, just four points out of seventh. Scott's best finish of the day was in the shot put, where he placed third with a throw of 33-5 3/4.

Brendan Page breaks 33-year-old school record
DAVIS - Senior Brendan Page set a school record in the shot put with a mark of 58-08 at the Woody Wilson Invitation in Davis on Saturday. Page beat the old record, set 33 years ago in 1973 by Randy Watt, by just two inches.

Page, a three-time All-American in 2004, now holds the second best shot put mark in the CCAA this season, and third best among all Division II athletes.

Other highlights from the meet include freshman Michal Wickman (3:53.16) and sophomore Nick Clinton’s (5:56.65) 1-2 finish in the 1500 meter run. David Wellman (1:53.78) and Dustin Fee (1:54.21) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 800 meters. Jeff Wilson took third in the 5000 meters with a time of 15:12.83 and Tim Rozborski was fifth in the javelin at 181-11.

On the women’s side, Darci Burton grabbed third place in the javelin with a throw of 146-05. In the high jump, Sophia Ruiz and Elle Cruikshank tied for second with jumps of 5-1 and Nancy Sandelin finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.47. All four women were the top Division II competitor in their event.

Sarah Montez finished the 5000 meters in 18:23.46. Good enough for fifth place.

At the Oregon Invitational, Mary Torres finished fifth in the B Section of the 5000 meter run with a time of 17:37.35 and Tim Tollefson finished sixth in the C Section of the Steeplechase at 9:26.20.

Wildcats host Twilight Invite
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Johnny Mathis Invite
Click below for results from the 2006 Johnny Mathis Invite in San Francisco

Chico State athletes qualify and set school records
Eight of the 10 Chico State athletes that participated in the two-day Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto achieved NCAA Division II championship qualifying marks and two set school records.

Charlie Serrano broke a 23-year old Chico State mark in Saturday's men's 5,000 meters, finishing the race in 14 minutes, 6 seconds.

Scott Bauhs broke the school record in the 10,000 on Friday night and is first in the nation in Division II (29:39.13).

Also in the men's 5,000, Kyle Ivie qualified for the NCAAs in the third fastest time in Chico State history (14:20), and Pat Boivin finished fourth fastest (14:24).

Tim Tollefson ran the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in a qualifying time of 9:09. Ciara Harvey qualified for the women's steeplechase in 11:18.

Mary Torres and Jennifer James qualified for the NCAA championships in Friday's events.

At the Calif./Nevada Championship in Fresno, Chico State's Tim Rozborski's throw of 201 feet, 6 inches was good enough for second place at the annual mid-season championship meet in Fresno. His throw, which ranks fourth in school history, was an NCAA provisional qualifying distance.

David Wellman placed fourth in the men's 800 meters in 1 minute, 53.23 seconds, and Brendan Page finished fifth in the shot put (54-8)

In the women's competition, Darcy Burton earned fourth place in the javelin with a throw of 129-0.

Scott Bauhs named CCAA Athlete of the Week
CHICO STATE's Scott Bauhs has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the week of March 20-26.

Bauhs, a freshman distance runner from Danville, finished 2nd in the 1,500-meter run at the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational (Mar. 25) with an NCAA D-II provisional qualifying time of 3:53.77.

Wildcats Compete at Stanford and Cal Multi
Chico State's Jennifer James ran the 5,000 meters in 16 minutes, 57.19 seconds, the second-fastest time in school history and the second-best in the nation for Division II this year at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto. The only Division II runner out of 160 entries, James' mark was good for 30th place.

Mary Torres also had a Division II national qualifying time of 37:47.88 in the 10,000 which was 20th out of 60 runners.

At the UC Multi Invitational hosted by UC Berkeley, Chico State's Elle Cruikshank placed 12th out of 25 competitors in the heptathlon with 4,291 points, and teammate Darci Burton was 13th (4,262).

The only Division II competitors entered, Burton won the javelin at 123 feet, 10 inches, and Cruikshank was second at 120-10.

Wildcats host 2006 Relays
CHICO - In a day filled with individual events and relays of all types and distances, the finish couldn’t have been much closer. The Chico State women’s track and field team tied with Fresno State 166-166 and the Chico State men were narrowly edged out by Fresno State 166-160.

The Wildcats performed as usual in the distance events with Jennifer James setting a NCAA D-II provisional qualifying mark in the steeplechase of 10:55.54. The Chico women took the top four spot in the 5,000 meters with personal bests by Mary Torres (17:55.61), Lindsay Nelson (18:05.80) and Megan Williams (18:27.75).

The women finished second in the 4x400 relay, 4 x800 relay, and the distance medley.

Other highlights include second place finishes by Janine Roberson in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.83, Elle Cruikshank in the 400m hurdles at 1:08.90, and Ricki Sullivan in the long jump

On the men’s side, Kyle Ivie (14:52.30) and Angel Marquez (14:54.25) made it a one-two punch in the men’s 5,000 meters. Patrick Boivin (9:24/82) and Tim Tollefson (9:36.02) did the same thing in the steeplechase.

Troy Lalaguna (185-05) and Tim Rozborski (171-11) took the top two spots in the javelin throw.

The men won the 4x800 meter relay and the distance medley. They also took second in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, and 800 meter sprint medley.

Additional highlights for the men include second-place finishes by Greg Morgan in the high jump at 6-03.00, Zach Buchanan in the pole vault at 14-06.00, Patrick Domek in the 400 hurdles at 53.88, and David Guerin in the discus throw at 151-02.50.

Complete Relay Results

Relay Scores

Wildcats open season at CCAA North Opener
TURLOCK - Chico State dominated the distance events at the CCAA North Opener hosted by Cal State Stanislaus with Scott Bauhs winning the 3,000 meters and Jennifer James capturing the same distance on the ladies side.  

Bauhs finished the course in 8:28.42, five seconds ahead of his nearest competitor as the Wildcats took five of the first six spots in the race.  On the women’s side, James (10:14.00) and teammate Laura Cohen (10:16.40) each tallied NCAA provisional marks, as Chico swept the first six places in the race.

Elsewhere, David Wellman captured the 800 meters in a time of 1:54.09 and Dustin Fee finished fourth (1:57.27) in the race. Troy Lalaguna (195-08) was the top collegiate finisher in the javelin behind former Wildcat Jon Rozborski (206-08).  Jon’s brother Tim (183-10) finished fourth in the event. Greg Morgan jumped an even 6-0 in the high jump to tie for third and Breezon Ware (21-04.00) took second in the long jump . David Guerin finished fifth in both the discus (154-01) and shot (51-06.50). The men’s 2x400 team finished third at 3:21.50.

On the women’s side, Sophia Ruiz tied for first place in the high jump with a leap of 5-10 and Bria Rosenthal, Haley Vaughan and Kristin Guinn tied for third, clearing 4-10. Ricki Sullivan finished fourth in the long jump (16-04.75) and triple jump (36-05.00). Jocelyn Likens and Haley Leta-Pombo tied for fifth in the pole vault at 9-08.00.

Next up, Chico State hosts the Wildcat Relays on Saturday, March 11.
complete results

Wildcats compete in multi competition
CHICO - Battling a cold wind on Thursday and rain early Friday, eight heptathletes and 14 decathletes competed in the first multi-event competition of the track season.

The Chico State women took the second through fourth places, with Sophia Ruiz (4,071) finishing second overall, Darci Burton (4,049), third, and Elle Cruikshank (3,830), fourth.

Ruiz won the long jump with a leap of 16-04.75 and came in second in the high jump (5-1) and 200 meters (27.93). Burton took top honors in the shot put (34-02) and javelin (121-01) and Cruikshank won the 200 (27.90) and 800 meters (2:30.7).

Michelle Klaja (4,099) of Oregon Tech won the seven-event competition, finishing first in the 100 hurdles (15.7) and the high jump (5-02.25).

In the men’s decathlon, no athlete ran the event in a Chico State uniform, but unattached athletes Jake Nelson (5,011-6th), Cameron Scott (4,778-10th), and Jon Patterson (3,950-13th)  are all part of the Chico State men’s track and field team. Nelson won the 100 meters (11.1) and high jump (5-11.5)

Collin Cram of Lane Community College won the decathlon with a score of 6,095, finishing first in four of the 10 events, including the long jump (21-06), shot put (37-9.5), 110 high hurdles (15.4), and javelin (167-01).

Decathlon Results

Heptathlon Results