2007 Season Archive

2007 Track & Field Schedule with Results

A billboard, courtesy of Stott Outdoor, congratulates the Wildcats' National Champions.

Wildcats run into the summer
It’s not often that Chico State athletes compete in the month of June, but this summer a pair of distance runners, National Champions Scott Bauhs and Charlie Serrano, extended their track seasons in search of faster times and additional experience along side some of the best talent in the world.

Bauhs traveled all the way to Indianapolis to compete in the USATF Championships, only to find that his name did not appear on the participant list for the 5,000 meters. After a day of back-and-forth communication with the USATF, Bauhs was notified at noon on the day of the race that he would be among the field. Eight hours later Bauhs toed the line with American’s best distance runners and raced an impressive 12.5 laps.

The field in the 5k was arguably the best ever at a USA Championship event, including Bernard Lagat, an Olympic Games bronze medalist whose personal best in the event is under 13 minutes and Matt Tegenkamp, who just two week ago destroyed the American 2-mile record and won numerous D-I NCAA Championships in his career. Bauhs was the youngest competitor on the line and only one other athlete wore a college uniform -  Cal’s recently graduated Giliat Ghebray.  The rest of the field was professional runners with big-name shoe contracts.  

Bauhs finish in a respectable 13:59.42, making it the third time since February the sophomore has posted a sub-14 minute time.  Although he finished 18th in the field, the time was eight seconds faster than the Division II National Championship mark posted by teammate Serrano in May.  Lagat won the event with a time of 13:30.73, followed by six more Nike-sponsored runners.

“I talked to a lot of folks from around the country that were very impressed with Scotty’s season and the level that he’s running at, especially given his age,” said Coach Gary Towne. “A lot was learned this year, and we’ll take this to the table as we approach the coming school year, and the upcoming Olympic Trials to be held in Eugene next summer.”

Bauhs warmed up for the USATF Championships with a 1,500-meter race at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene Oregon on June 9. Unfortunately Bauhs, who was hoping to make a run at the Chico State record of 3:43.3, was placed into the less competitive section of the race. He easily won the heat, shaving a second off his personal best with a time of 3:45.75, despite running the second half of the race alone. His nearest competitor finished four seconds behind.

Earlier in the month, Serrano made a solo road trip up to British Columbia to run in the Victoria International Track Classic in hopes of posting a sub-14 minute time in the 5k event. Serrano won the 1,500-meter D-II NCAA Championship title with a 14:08.12 clocking just two weeks earlier. He went out strong in the race, hitting an 8:54 personal best at the 3,200-meter mark, but tired near the end. He held on to run a season best 14:07.71 and finish eighth among the 24-runner field. Alejandro Velazques from Mexico posted a time of 13:39.45 to win the race.

Men's track signs seven-foot high jumper
CHICO - Head Track & Field Coach Kirk Freitas announced the signing of high jumper Gary Francis to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Wildcats next season.

Francis, who attended De La Salle High School in Concord, was the first high school athlete to clear seven feet last season when he hit the coveted mark on March 28, 2007.  He was the only California jumper to reach the mark and just a handful of high school jumpers in the nation went over the seven-foot mark last season.

“We are very fortunate to get a seven-foot high jumper,” said Freitas. “That mark is basically an automatic for the top eight in the nation at the Division II level.”

Gary’s twin brother Clayton will also attend Chico State in the fall and compete in the triple jump for the Wildcat. Clayton finished seventh in the event at the CIF State Track and Field Championships held at Sacramento City College earlier this month.

The Francis twins and their family are no strangers to the Chico State campus or the track & field program. Older brother Peter was an All-American triple jumper for the Wildcats in 2005 and is fifth on Chico State's all-time list.

Women's track signs top pole vaulter
CHICO - The Chico State women’s track and field team signed the top junior college pole vaulter in California to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Wildcats next season. Katrina Rodriguez, a state meet qualifier in the heptathlon the last two years for Hartnell College, will join the Wildcats this fall as a psychology major. 

“I saw Katrina vault for the first time when she won the Woody Wilson Invitational in a steady rain and I was immensely impressed,” said Head Coach Oliver Hanf. “She is a fierce competitor and possesses all the talent to compete on the national scene in Division II.”

During her two years at Hartnell, Rodriguez competed in the heptathlon and various events at the Coast Conference finals, helping the Panthers win two conference titles. While the heptathlon is still an option, Rodriguez is excited to focus on the pole vault at Chico State.

"Every day I wonder what can I do if I just focused on the pole vault, but I’ve never gotten the chance,'' Rodriguez said. "I'm always going off to another event."

This year Rodriguez broke the Coast Conference pole vault record with a mark of 11-6, the top junior college mark in California. She was the NorCal champion in the pole vault and placed second at the State Meet. At the NorCal Championships she scored 15 points to lead the Panthers to a fourth-place finish. In addition to her win in the pole vault, she placed in the heptathlon and javelin, and also ran a leg of the 1600-meter relay.

Rodriguez was coached at Hartnell by Chico State alumni J.J. Noble, the Division II National Champion in the decathlon in 2001.

Scott Bauhs named CCAA Male Athlete of the Year
ONTARIO - Chico State distance runner Scott Bauhs was named the 2006-07 California Collegiate Athletic Association Male Athlete of the Year. The CCAA Athlete of the Year is selected by the league's Sports Information Directors and is named at the conference's annual spring meetings.

Bauhs, a junior from Danville, compiled a tremendous number of achievements in 2006-07, earning three All-America honors. On the track, Bauhs won the national title in the 10,000-meters, pulling off an upset of Abilene Christian's 11-time national champion Nicodemus Naimadu, who had never lost a collegiate race over a mile in distance. Bauhs also finished second in the 5,000-meter run behind teammate Charlie Serrano.

Bauhs broke the school record for the 10,000-meter run, becoming the first Wildcat to break the 29-minute mark, and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships and the USA Track & Field Championships. He was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association West Region Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

In Cross Country, he was sixth at the NCAA West Regional and finished third at the National Championship meet, the best finish ever by a Chico State runner. During the course of the season he won the Division I Sundodger Invitational at the University of Washington, trying the course record, and finished second at the Stanford Invitational.

Bauhs became the first distance runner to win the Male Athlete of the Year award in 25 years when UC Riverside's Frank Assuma was voted the top athlete in 1982. Bauhs is the third Chico State athlete to earn this top award in the last six years with J.J. Jakovac taking the top honor twice (2002, 2004).

The women’s award went to UC San Diego basketball standout Leora Juster, a two-time All-American and two-time West Region Player of the Year.

Serrano wins 5,000-meter National Championship title -
becomes four-time All-American in the event!
Wildcats collect five more All-American honors on Saturday, bringing 2007 total to nine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a post-race interview following his 10,000 meter national championship effort on Thursday, Scott Bauhs was asked what it meant to him to be the first national distance champ at Chico State and Bauhs replied, “It’s the first of many.”

He obviously knew what he was talking about.

Just two days later, Charlie Serrano accomplished the same feat, this time in the 5,000-meter distance. Serrano crossed the line in 14:08.12, just two hundredths of a second ahead of Bauhs for a 1-2 Chico State finish. The pair was not challenged down the stretch, finishing four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

The senior Serrano ends his decorated career at Chico State as a seven-time All-American, five times on the track and twice in cross country. Serrano is a four-time All-American in the 5,000 meters. He steadily improved his finish in the event each year, capping it off with the national title. At last year's National Championships, he finished fourth, and doubled in the 10,000 meters, finishing fifth. In 2005 he was seventh in the event and his freshman year he finished eighth.

With five Wildcats earning All-American honors, the Chico State men tallied 32 team points, good enough for sixth best in the nation. The women, with four All-Americans crowned, finished tied for 13th among all Division II teams.

Mary Torres took full advantage of her first trip to the national meet, becoming a two-time All-American with her sixth place finish in the 5,000 meters. Her time of 17:17.99 is a personal best for the talented senior, who also achieved All-American status in the 3,000 meters.

Jon Rozborski, the 2005 Javelin National Champion and Chico State record holder in the event, earned his second All-American honor in the event, finishing seventh with a throw of just under 203 feet.

Michael Wickman, who competed for the first time in last year’s National Championships but did not qualify for the final, took advantage of that experience this year to bring home All-American honors in the 1,500 meters with a seventh-place finish.

Tim Tollefson missed the coveted eighth All-American spot in the steeplechase, finishing five seconds back in ninth place with a time of 9:11.00.

Katie Wilson, who was named this year’s CCAA Track & Field Newcomer of the Year was 11th in the javelin earlier in the day.

Sarah Montez earns her first All-American honor on the track
Montez (5th) and Torres (6th) both garner All-American honors in 3,000-meters; Chico State women currently in second
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sarah Montez and Mary Torres finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run Friday, giving the Chico State Track & Field team four All-Americans thus far at the 2007 NCAA Division II National Track & Field Championships.

Montez, a junior, and Torres, a senior, each collected their first Track & Field All-American honor with their efforts. Montez crossed the line in 9:56.52, almost nine second better than her personal record, and Torres followed in 9:57.32.

The pair join teammates Scott Bauhs (10,000-meter champion) and Elle Cruikshank (3rd in the heptathlon) as 2007 Track & Field All-Americans. The Chico State women also got a big boost in the team standings, where they sit in second place through five scored events. Grand Valley State leads the team scoring with 24 points, followed by Chico State (13), UC San Diego (12), and Angelo State (11).

Also Friday afternoon, sophomore Michael Wickman missed out on a spot in the 800-meter final by five one-hundredths of a second. He finished fourth in his heat, clocking in with a personal record 1:50.62. That time was good for 10th overall, and only only eight runners advanced to the final. Wickman will now turn his attention to Saturday's 1,500-meter final, which he qualified for Thursday.

Bauhs, coming off his National Championship effort in the 10,000 meters on Thursday night won his preliminary heat of the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:42.35. Charlie Serrano was third in the same heat, and both will compete in the final on Saturday.  Angel Marguez missed the last qualifying spot in the race, finishing 13th in the preliminaries.

Torres will go for her second All-American honor on Saturday evening after qualifying for the 5,000 meter final with the tenth fastest preliminary time tonight. Montez, who was doubling in the same two events as Torres, did not qualify for the 5,000 final.

Schedule for Saturday (all times PST),
8:30am - 2005 Javelin National Champion Jon Rozborski competes in the javelin
11:15 - Katie Wilson competes in the women’s javelin.
2:15 - Tim Tollefson runs in the Steeplechase final.
3:00 – Michael Wickman in the 1,500 meter final.
4:43 – Mary Torres competes in the 5,000 meter final
5:03 – Scott Bauhs and Charlie Serrano compete in the 5,000 meter final.

Cruikshank earns All-American honor with third-place finish
Breaks 21-year school record in the process
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Elle Cruikshank had three main objectives coming into the 2007 season: Win the CCAA heptathlon title; Finish among the top eight in the nation; Set a new school record. With her accomplishment on Friday all three can now be checked off her “to do” list.

Cruikshank turned a strong second day at the NCAA National Track & Field Championships into an All-American honor with a third-place finish in the heptathlon. Her 4,958 points bettered her personal best by 205 points and broke the 21-year-old school record of 4,880 set by Karin Lyon in 1986.

The third-place national finish is the best ever by a Chico State heptathlete and the first All-American honor in the event since Erin McLaughlin did it in 1994.

Cruikshank, who sat in sixth place after the first four events, came out on day two and took seventh in the long jump (17-6) and second in the javelin (131-02). Her 11th place finish in the 800 meters (2:24.24) landed her in third place. The senior entered the competition with the 11th best total among the 14 participants.

Jessica Withrow from Abilene Christian won the national title with 5,041 points and Deserea Brown from Southern Illinois, who was in first place after day one, finished second with 5,028 points.

Today's remaining schedule (All times Pacific Standard Time)
3:15 - Michael Wickman: 800 meter prelims.
3:30 - Mary Torres and Sarah Montez: 3,000 meter FINAL.
4:20 - Scott Bauhs, Charile Serano, and Angel Marquez: 5,000 meter prelim.
5:30 - Mary Torres and Sarah Montez: 5,000 meter prelim.

Bauhs wins national 10,000-meter title!
Sophomore hands 10-time champion Naimadu first loss in thrilling victory
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chico State sophomore Scott Bauhs won the national title in the 10,000-meters at the NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships Thursday night, shocking the Track and Field world in the process. Bauhs outkicked National D-II Track Athlete of the Year Nicodemus Naimadu over the final 20 meters to hand the Abilene Christian senior his first collegiate loss in a race over one mile.

Earlier this season, Naimadu posted what was at the time the fastest 10,000-meter time in the world this year. And the 10-time national champion was expected to cruise to another national title Thursday night. After all, he had beaten Bauhs and many others in the field for his fourth straight cross country national title in the fall.

But Bauhs made sure the race wasn't just for second place. After Naimadu took the lead with eight laps to go in the 25-lap race, Bauhs broke away from the chase pack to venture out and try to catch him. He did just that with a lap and a half to go. And then in a move that got the attention of everyone in attendance, he kept on going and took the lead.

"Scott had to make it hurt by keeping the pace going hard," explained Wildcats distance coach Gary Towne. "Honestly, everyone that was here, regardless of where they were from, knew that (Naimadu) doesn't get beat. So everyone in the stadium was cheering for this little guy who was challenging him, Scott Bauhs."

With a little less than 100 meters to go, Naimadu surged back into the lead. But Bauhs answered him stride-for-stride and then won the 10,000-meter race by out-kicking Naimadu over the last 20 meters. Bauhs hit the tape in a time of 29:31.92, edging Naimadu by one-quarter of a second.

Now all that's left for Bauhs to do is run the 5,000-meter preliminaries Friday and the finals Saturday, as long as he has enough left in the tank to qualify. Bauhs boasts the top 5,000-meter time in the nation entering the weekend.

"I'm still in disbelief," said Towne nearly an hour after the finish. "I think most people here figured this was a race for second. But not Scott. He knew trying to race Naimadu in the 10K was going to take away his chances in the 5K, but he wanted to take a crack at him."

The Wildcats are certainly glad he did.

Bauhs' effort capped a great day for Chico State's entire track and field program. Also Thursday, Lindsey Nelson finished 10th in the nation in the women's 10,000-meter run, crossing the line in 37:23.0. And Wildcats heptathlete Elle Cruikshank is currently in sixth place after the first day of the heptathlon.

Meanwhile, in preliminary races, Michael Wickman, Tim Tollefson, Sarah Montez, and Mary Torres qualified for the finals in their respective competitions.

Cruikshank, a senior competing in her first NCAA Championship, has 2,876 points through four of seven legs of the heptathlon. Deserea Brown of Southern Illionois leads the event with 3,128 points. Cruikshank qualified 11th in the 14-athlete field, but her day-one total is 153 points more than her previous career best, lifting her into title contention with three of her best events still to come Friday - the javelin, high jump, and 800 meters.

Wickman, a sophomore, won his 1500-meter heat with a time of 3:55.59. The 1500-meter final is scheduled for Saturday.

Tollefson finished second in his 3,000-meter steeplechase heat in 9:16.99, the seventh best time among 12 qualifiers. He'll race in the national final on Saturday.

Torres and Montez each qualified for the women's 3,000-meter final. Torres won her heat in a time of 10:03.20, and Montez finished second in her heat in a time of 10:02.16. Both times were among the top four on the day, setting the stage for an exciting 3,000-meter final Friday. The pair will also run in the 5,000-meter preliminaries Friday.

Pat Domek also competed Thursday, but failed to qualify for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles. The senior, making his second trip to the national finals, finished last in his heat and 20th overall with a time of 54.19.

On Friday, Angel Marquez, Charlie Serrano, and Bauhs will run in the 5K preliminaries, Wickman will run in the 800-meter preliminaries, and Cruikshank will wrap up the heptathlon. Montez and Torres, meanwhile, will run in the 3K finals and 5K preliminaries.

The men's javelin final, featuring 2005 national champion and Chico State athlete Jon Rozborski, is scheduled for Saturday. Chico State's Katie Wilson will also compete in the women's javelin final Saturday.

Scott Bauhs and Coach Kirk Freitas honored with regional awards
USTFCCCA names regional award winners for Division II track and field
Distance runner Scott Bauhs was named the West Region Track & Field Athlete of the year and Head Coach Kirk Freitas was honored as the West Region Men’s Coach of the Year in a recent announcement by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

Bauhs, a sophomore from Danville, Calif., enters the NCAA Championships with the nation’s fastest Division II time in the 5,000 (13:40.63) and third-fastest clocking in the 10,000 (28:54.55). Bauhs won the 1,500 at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships earlier this month.

Bauhs shattered the Chico State school record for the 10,000 meters by 45 seconds, becoming the first Wildcat to break the 29-minute mark, and automatically qualified to participate in both the 2007 NCAA National Championships in May and the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June.

The head coach at Chico State since 1979, Freitas enjoyed one of his best seasons, guiding the Wildcats to a fourth straight California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s championship. Particularly strong in the distance events, Chico State will have seven men competing in this week’s NCAA Championships.

Dozen Wildcats headed to NCAA Track & Field Championships
With the qualifying and declaring processes complete, the Chico State track and field team will have 12 athletes competing in combination of 12 events at the upcoming NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 24-26.

The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors. Prelimenary flights are run in all events except the 10,000 meters.

Of the seven men to make the cut, six have previous Track & Field National Championships experience. Just one of the five Wildcat women selected is returning to the national stage.

Senior Charlie Serrano takes an arsenal of All-American honors with him to his final national championship event, having received the honor four times on the track and twice in cross country. Serrano, who enters the championship with the fourth fastest qualifying mark in the 5,000 meters, will be gunning for his fourth All-American certificate in the event. He finished fourth in the nation last year, seventh in 2005, and eighth overall his freshman season. Serrano also picked up an All-American certificate in the 10,000 meters last year with a fifth-place finish.

Scott Bauhs, just a sophomore on the track, is making his fifth trip to a NCAA championship and has brought home All-American honors each time - three times in cross country and last year in the 10,000 meters on the track. Bauhs will compete in two events and enters the national championships with the top qualifying time in the nation in the 5,000 meters and the third best in the 10,000 meters.

Tim Tollefson, who recently won his third-straight CCAA steeplechase title, heads to the national championships for the second time. Last year Tollefson missed qualifying for the finals in the steeplechase by one spot. This year the junior enters the event with the eighth fastest qualifying time.

Senior Jon Rozborski won the javelin title at the 2005 National Championships and after redshiring last season is ready to go up against the best again this year. He enters the event with the sixth best mark in the field.

Michael Wickman, a sophomore, is making his second appearance at the championships. He missed qualifying for the final in the 1,500 meters at last year’s championships by just a tenth of a second. This year he’ll compete in both the 1,500 meters, where his mark is seventh best, and the 800 meters, where he holds the 16th spot. With the top 18 athletes selected in the 800 meters, Wildcats Brian Nelson, Bobby McNeil and Clinton Hayes just missed the cutoff, holding the 19th-21st spots, respectively.

Senior Patrick Domek returns to the national championship scene after his first appearance in 2004. He currently holds the 15th best time in the 400-meter hurdles.

Angel Marquez is the only athlete on the men’s side making his first trip to the national championships. Marquez holds the 17th fastest time in the 5,000 meters and will compete along side teammates Serrano and Bauhs.

Sarah Montez, a junior in track, is making her fifth appearance in a NCAA national championship event. Montez will compete in the 3,000 meters, entering with the ninth best time, and the 5,000 meters, where she currently sits at 19th. Montez has been part of three top-ten national finishes with the cross country team, but is looking for her first All-American honor on the track. She competed as a freshman in the 2004 Track & Field National Championships in the steeplechase.

Mary Torres, a member of two national top-ten cross country teams, is one of four Wildcat women making their first appearance at the Track & Field National Championships. Last year Torres posted provisional qualifying marks in three events, but was not selected to attend the championships. This year Torres enters the competition with the second best time in the 3,000 meters and the tenth best in the 5,000 meters. She also held the 12th fastest time in the 10,000 meters, but chose not to compete in that event.

Lyndsay Nelson, also a two-time competitor at the Cross Country National Championships, is making her first appearance at the Track & Field Championships. She’ll take part in the 10,000 meters where she brings in the 11th best time. Nelson also posted a provisional mark in the 5,000, but chose to focus on the 10,000.

Senior Elle Cruikshank will make her first performance at the championships in the two-day, seven-event Heptathlon. She holds the 11th best mark in the event, which begins on Thursday morning and concludes Friday.

Junior transfer Katie Wilson, who was voted the 2007 CCAA Track & Field Newcomer of the Year, will compete in her first championship in the javelin with the 11th best mark in that event. 

Wildcats take advantage of "last chance"
EAGLE ROCK, Calif. - The Chico State Track & Field team sent two vans full of 15 athletes to a “last chance” meet, the Oxy Invitational, hosted by Occidental College in the Los Angeles area.

The end-of-the-year effort paid off with three athletes posting new NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Michael Wickman posted the 13th fastest 800m time in Division II, racing to a 1:51.43 finish, placing 17th overall.  Bobby McNeil improved his NCAA standing to 20th with his 1:51.98.

In the women's 800 Lindsey Brown reached a provisional mark as well. Her time of 2:13.71 ranks fourh on Chico State’s all-time list.  CCAA champion Kayla Silva just missed a provisional mark in her 2:14.48 effort.

Jen Sturm, who is ranked second on Chico State's all-time hammer list improved her personal best to 152-2 to finish her college career.  Sophomore Sarah Ward recorded a toss of 149-8

Nicole Barbour, who was all-conference in three events last weekend placed eighth in the discus with a heave of 133-3  Ward was just shy of her personal best, launching the disc 129-11.

Below is a list of Chico State’s NCAA qualifiers and the events they have declared. They will await their fate on a trip to the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 24-26. The top 16 (more in some events) are chosen after declarations

Mary Torres, 3K (5th) and 5K (11th)
Katie Wilson, Javelin (9th)
Elle Cruikshank, Heptathlon (11th) and Javelin (28th)
Lindsay Nelson, 10K (12th)
Sarah Montez, 5K (19th) and 3K (22nd)
Lindsey Brown, 800 (22)
Julie Shaw, 10K (32)

Scott Bauhs:  and 5k (1st) 10k (3rd) Automatic Qualifier
Charlie Serrano:  5k (6th)
Jon Rozborski: Javelin (6th)
Tim Tollefson: Steeplechase (8th)
Michael Wickman:  1500 (8th) and 800m (13th)
Pat Domek: 400h (15th)
Brian Nelson: 800m (19th)
Bobby McNeil: 800 (20th)
Clinton Hayes: 800m (21st)
Angel Marquez:  1500m (28th)
Antonio Miramontes 10k (28th)
David Wellman: 800 (31st)

Women's track signs five freshmen
Head Women’s Track and Field Coach Oliver Hanf announced the recent signings of National Letters of Intent by five student-athletes to compete for the Wildcats beginning in the fall.

“The future of Chico State Track and Field has gotten much brighter with the signings of these five high school students,” said Hanf.  “Each of them brings special qualities to our program and will significantly upgrade our roster.”   

In the field events, the Wildcats signed Breanna Wallace and Julianne Conrad. Wallace, a thrower out of Yuba City High School, will compete in the shot put and discus. Conrad is a high jumper, triple jumper and pole vaulter from El Toro High School.

Keeping Chico State’s string of talented Heptathletes alive, Hanf has signed Kelly Clancey from Riverbank High School. She currently competes in the long jump and pole vault, as well as the 200 and 800 meters and should convert easily to the seven-event competition.

For the sprints, the ‘Cats picked up two freshman from Nevada -  Skylar Young out of Douglass High School in Minden, along with Sierra Owens from Reed High School in Sparks.

“These five young ladies are not only blessed with a lot of talent but also possess the high character qualities that I look for in recruits,” comments Hanf. “They are exceptional students and great citizens as well.” 

Tim Tollefson won his third-straight CCAA Steeplechase title
Wildcat men win fourth-straight CCAA title; Women finish second
Teams combine for 11 individual titles
SAN FRANCISCO  - Dominating the middle and long distance events and earning four individual titles in the process, the Chico State men’s track and field team made it four CCAA championship titles in a row on Saturday at Cox Stadium in San Francisco. The Wildcat women won seven individual titles, as the team finished in second place.

On the men’s side Chico State (223 points) beat out Cal State Stanislaus (152) by 71 points. Cal State L.A. (129), Cal Poly Pomona (125), UC San Diego (97), and Humboldt State (86) complete the scoring. Wildcat head coach Kirk Freitas was named CCAA Coach of the year.

In the women’s scoring, UC San Diego (260 points) captured its third straight CCAA Championship title, beating the second-place Wildcats (182.5) by 77.5 points. Cal State Stanislaus (98.5), Cal State L.A. (76), and Cal Poly Pomona (63) and San Francsico State tied for fifth. Chico State’s Katie Wilson, who won the javelin title and finished second in the high jump was named CCAA Newcomer of the Year.

The men’s squad picked up 115 of its 223 points in the five middle and long distance events. The Wildcats dominated the 800 meters, taking the top five spots for 33 of the 39 available points. Michael Wickman took the CCAA title with a time of 1:52.41, followed by David Wellman, Clinton Hayes, Brian Nelson, and Robert McNeil.

Tim Tollefson won his third straight 3,000 meter steeplechase title with a time of  9:10.11, his fastest of the season. Jordan Fairley and Tom Whitcomb, finished sixth and seventh for a Wildcat total of 15 points in the race.

Scott Bauhs turned in a season-best time of 3:46.42 in the 1,500 meters to win his second-straight CCAA title in the event. The Wildcats’ Michael Wickman, Angel Marquez, and Charlie Serrano finished third through fifth in the event for a total of 25 points.

Charlie Serrano led a pack of Chico runners, taking the top three spots in the 5,000 meters. Serrano finished in 14:40.05, but slowed down at the end to let Bauhs catch up so they would cross the finish hand-in-hand. Angel Marquez finished third, as five Wildcats scored 28 points in the event.

Zach Buchanan, Micah Smith, and Jake Nelson combined for 15 points in the 110 hurdles, with Buchanan finishing second overall at 15.27.

The ‘Cats picked up 14 points in the shot put with Tim Rozborski finishing third and Tom Jester fourth, and Jon Schneider sixth.

Chico State earned ten points in both the high jump and pole vault with Ryan Bertucci (6-7) and Craig Henderson (14-11.5) each finishing third in their event, respectively.

Jon Rozborski placed second in the javelin at 202-02 and Jester picked up another eight points with his second-place showing in the hammer, 160-05.

Mary Torres won the 3,000 and 5,000 CCAA titles

The Chico State women won the individual title in five of the six middle and long distance races.

Kayla Silva posted her best mark of the season (2:14.29) to lead the Wildcats to a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 meters. Lindsey Brown and Melissa Sinclair followed for a total of 24 points.

Wilson’s second-place finish in the high jump, along with Elle Cruikshank tie for third third, Bria Rosenthal in fifth and Jenna Lou Salz in eighth, netted the Wildcats 18.5

Mary Torres captured the 5,000 meter title to add to her title in the 3,000 meters on Friday. Torres, along with Lindsey Nelson (4th) , Julie Shaw (7th) and Aisha Kamala (8th) combined for 18 points in the event.

Sarah Montez was the only Wildcat entered in the 1,500 meters and made it coundt, capturing the CCAA title and improving her NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a winning time of 4:37.35.

Nicole Barbour took second in the discus (138-04) third in the shot (38-9.75) and third in the hammer (150-01), while teammate Sarah Ward was fourth in the shot and fifth in the discus, and seventh in the hammer. The ‘Cats scored 12 points in both the shot and discus, and another eight in the hammer.

Lindsey Nelson wins 10,000 meter CCAA title
Wilson, Torres, and Nelson win CCAA titles for Wildcat women, bringing total to four
32 Finals events to be contested on Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO - The Chico State women’s track and field team added three more CCAA titles to its arsenal, as Katie Wilson won the javelin, Mary Torres earned the honor in the 3,000 meters, and Lindsey Nelson won the 10,000 meters. With Elle Cruickshank’s title in the heptathlon earlier in the day, the Wildcat women now hold four CCAA titles after the first two days of the 2007 CCAA Track & Field Championships.

After two days of competition, Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus are tied for first in the men’s team standings with 48 points, followed by Humboldt State (30) and Cal State L.A. (27).  For the women UC San Diego leads with 82 points, three points ahead of Chico State at 79. Cal State Stanislaus follows with 30 points.

On the men’s side, Chico State picked up 14 points in the shot put with Tim Rozborski (44-3.5) finishing third, Tom Jester (20-8.25) fourth, and Jon Schneider (40-6.25) in sixth.

The ‘Cats also picked up 14 points in the 10,000 meters. Jeff Wilson (31:26.89) was third, Antonio Miramontes (31:34.94) fifth, Jordan Page (31:36.50) sixth, and Eduardo Serna (32:43.10) finished eighth.

Chico State added 12 more points in the decathlon thanks to Robert Nooney’s 6,212 point second-place finish and Jake Nelson (5,939) who finished fifth.

Tom Jester picked up eight points in the hammer with a second-place throw of 160-05.

On the women’s side, Wilson’s winning heave of 139-10 in the javelin, along with Cruikshank (127-01) in second and Ashley Atkinson’s (112-08) seventh place-finish, earned the Wildcats 20 points.

Cruikshank, who along with Rebecca Moyneur and  Jenna Lou Salz earned a combined 15 points in the heptathlon, also picked up two more points in the long jump (17-1.25).

In the discus, Nicole Barbour’s (138-04) second-place finish and Sarah Ward (130-11) in fifth earned another 12 points for the ‘Cats.

Chico picked up 15 points in the 3,000 meters behind Mary Torres’ CCAA title time of 9:52.55 and Sarah Montez’s (10:05.03) fourth-place finish.

In the women’s final event of the night, Nelson won the 10,000 meter title in a time of 36:55.20, while freshmen teammates Julie Shaw (37:28.06) and Allison Ivie (38:24.78) finished fifth and eighth for a total of 15 points.

The CCAA Championships concludes on Saturday with 32 Finals events. Both the men’s and women’s team champions will be crowned with Chico State looking to win its fourth straight men’s title and UCSD seeking their third consecutive women’s win.

Elle Cruikshank clears the high jump bar.
Cruikshank wins CCAA heptathlon title
Moyneur picks up points with fifth-place finish
Chico State’s Elle Cruikshank dominated the second day of the heptathlon to come from behind and win the California Collegiate Athletic Association title at the 2007 CCAA Track and Field Championships in San Francisco with a total of 4,753 points.

Cruikshank entered the second day of competition in second place with 2,723 points, 153 points behind UC San Diego’s Linda Rainwater.

Cruikshank won the long jump with a leap of over 17 feet to cut Rainwater’s lead to 87 points and then blew away the field in the javelin throw with a mark of 129-6. Cruikshank beat her nearest competitor, teammate Rebecca Moyneur, by 159 points and Rainwater by 249 points to take a 162-point lead into the final event.

Cruikshank finished one second behind Rainwater in the 800 meters to win the seven-event competition by a comfortable 143-point margin.

The win not only picked up much-needed team points toward a CCAA Championship title, but the mark improves Cruikshank’s NCAA qualifying mark for the National Championships May 24-25.

Moyneur picked up team points with her fifth-place finish. She finished with a season-best total of 4,016 points. In addition to her second-place finish in the javelin, she took third in the long jump.

Robert Nooney lands in the sand during the long jump
Nooney and Nelson sit 1-2 after opening day of decathlon Cruikshank currently second in hepathlon
SAN FRANCISCO -  Chico State’s Robert Nooney (3,350 points) leads the decathlon after the opening day of competition at the 2007 CCAA Track & Field Championships. Teammate Jake Nelson is just eight points behind in second place. Chico’s Elle Cruikshank (2,723 points) sits in second place in the heptathlon, 153 points behind the leader. The conference championships meet is being held at San Francisco State’s Cox Stadium.

Nooney finished in the top five in all five events, including a win in the 100 meters (11.27) and second place in both the long jump (21-6) and the 400-meter run (51.32).

Nelson had the top mark in the long jump with a 21-6.25 and was second in both the 100 meters (11.48) and high jump (6-3.5).

 In the heptathlon, Cruikshank, who entered the week ninth in country with a total of 4,667, had the top shot put mark with a toss of 34-11. Cruikshank finished second in the hight jump (5-1) and fourth in both the 100 hurdles (15.69) and 200 meters (26.89)

The heptathlon competition continues on Friday with the long jump, javelin and the 800-meter run. Friday’s decathlon events are 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.

Scott Bauhs named CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State's Scott Bauhs has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of April 23-29.

Bauhs, a sophomore from Danville, posted the fastest 5,000 meter time in all Division II this season with a 13:40.63 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational hosted by Stanford University on Sunday. His time is also a new CCAA record in the event.

The time is a USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship qualifying mark, as well as an automatic NCAA qualifying mark. Bauhs, who finished 11th in the race made up of Division I and professional runners, shattered the Chico State record, held by teammate Charlie Serrano, by 25 seconds.

This is the third CCAA Athlete of the Week honor for Bauhs this track season.

Bauhs shatters school record with top D-II time in the nation
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Chico State's Scott Bauhs broke the school record in the 5,000 meters in a time of 13:40.63, topping the old mark of 14:06 set by teammate Charlie Serrano. He finished 11th in the first heat at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite hosted by Stanford with the fastest Division II time in the nation. The time is a USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship qualifying mark, as well as an automatic NCAA qualifying mark.

The NCAA D-II Track & Field Championships are held May 24-26 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The USATF Championships take place June 20-24 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to Bauhs’ success on Sunday, the Wildcats had four other athletes reach or improve NCAA provisional qualifying marks at the meet.

Brian Nelson led a 1-4 Chico finish in the fourth heat of the men's 800 meters with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:51.93. Right behind were teammates Clinton Hayes (1:52.08), whose time is also a provisional qualifier, David Wellman, and Robert McNeil.

Serrano finished 12th in the second heat of the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:09.05 to better his NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Michael Wickman improved his provisional mark in the 1,500 meters, placing second in his race with a time of 3:49.73.

Lindsey Brown placed third in the second section of the 800 meters with a season best time of 2:14.37, just shy of the 2:14.00 provisional qualifying mark and fourth best in Chico State history. Senior Melissa Sinclair also posted a personal best  with a 2:15.70 to finish fifth in the race.

The Wildcats head to San Francisco for the CCAA Championships Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5.

Track and Field battles all-day rain at twilight meet
CHICO, Calif. - It rained from start to finish at the 22nd Annual Chico State Track & Field Twilight Invite held at University Stadium on Saturday, but that didn’t dampen the performances of the athletes who maneuvered through puddles, mud, and wind throughout the eight-hour event.

Highlights on the men’s side include the Wildcats capturing the top five spots in the 800 meters. Clinton Hayes won the event in 1:53.75, barely edging out teammate David Wellman, who finished second in 1:53.97.  Brian Nelson (1:54.42), Robert McNeil (1:55.27), and Dustin Fee (1:57.51) took the next three spots.

Senior Patrick Domek scored a convincing victory for Chico State in the men's 400 hurdles in 54.26 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by two seconds. Chico’s Jeremy Adams was third at 57.23.

Jon Rozborski used a toss of 178-2 to add a win in the javelin and Michah Smith was third in the 100 high hurdles in 15.1 seconds.

Antonio Miramontes was a long-distance victor for the men in the 5,000 in 14:58.62.  Tim Tollefson captured the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:35.92, followed by teammates Jordan Fairley (9:37.52) and Thomas Whitcomb (9:39.92).

Michael Wickman finished second in the 1,500 meters in 3:54.53.

On the women’s side, Mary Torres (10:29.63) and Julie Shaw (10:33.05) finished 1-2 in the women’s 3,000 and Lindsey Brown was runner-up in 800 meters with a time of 2:16.77.

Jen Strum, the top threat in the hammer throw for the Wildcat, managed a victory with a throw of 145-09 and Nicole Barbour was the runner-up at 139-11.

Janine Roberson (35-7.25) took second in the triple jump and Elle Cruikshank, competing in preparation of for her national-title bid in the heptathlon later this spring, took second in the high jump (5-0.25) and third in the long jump (17-3.50).

Next up for the Wildcats is the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite in Palo Alto next Sunday. The CCAA Championships will be held in San Francisco May 3-5.

Wildcats post four NCAA qualifying marks in Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. - Chico State had four runners post NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying marks at the Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Ore.

Sarah Montez (17:30.32) was seventh in her heat in the 5,000 meters and Lindsay Nelson (17:30.54) was right behind, finishing eighth.

Angel Marquez was fourth in his heat in the men's 5,000 in 14:29.77, and Tim Tollefson placed eighth in his heat in the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:10.53.

Scott Bauhs named CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State's Scott Bauhs has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of April 9-15.

Bauhs, a sophomore from Danville, posted a time of 3:47.37 at the Mt. SAC Relays in the Olympic Development heat of the 1,500-meter run. The season-best time was the fourth best time in all of Division II and provisionally qualifies him for the national championship meet.

He finished 19th in the highly competitive meet where two of the other top four times in the nation were also posted at the meet. 

This is Bauhs' second CCAA Athlete of the Week honor this season.

Wildcats face adverse weather in Davis
DAVIS, Calif. - The bulk of the Chico State track and field team had to muddle through a lot of rain on Saturday at the Woody Wilson Classic in Davis. Despite the conditions the Wildcats posted some personal bests and a NCAA provisional qualifier.

As conditions worsened throughout the day, the men's pole vault, high jump and shot put had to be cancelled.

Jen Sturm, finished second in the hammer with a toss of 151-2, which is the second-best mark in Wildcat history.

Sarah Montez improved her NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 1,500 with a time of 4:39.65, good enough for second place.

Elle Cruikshank placed in three events, winning the high jump at 5-0.25, finishing fifth in the javelin at 124-8, and seventh in the long jump at 17-3.5.

Nicole Barbour negotiated the slick discus ring to place third (124-2) and Janine Roberson was fourth in the Triple Jump (35-7.25).

For the second week in a row the 4 x 400 came away with another victory. Lindsey Brown, Kayla Silva and Melissa Sinclair teamed up with Rebecca Moyneur for a time of 4:03.1, to out-kick a solid effort by Hartnell College

On the men's side, the most dominating performance of the day was in the 800 meters. Chico took the top four spots and redshirt Dan Mollo finished fifth. Michael Wickman won the race in 1:54.91, followed by Clinton Hayes (1:55.16), Robert NcNeil (1:55.24) and Brian Nelson (1:55.57). Mollo came in at 1:55.90. David Wellman who did not receive a time due to a technical issue would have finished between among the top five as well.

Angel Marquez was second in the Invitational 1500 with a time of 3:55.43, while the Wildcats finished 1-2 in the open 1,500 meters. Jordan Fairley posted 4:01.67 for the win, followed by Tom Whitcomb (4:06.27).

Freshman decathlete Jake Nelson hit a personal best in the 110 hurdles at 15.63. Micah Smith finished fourth in the event at 15.14. Freshman Max Zavala finished fifth in the in the 400 meters at 50.54.

David Wellman anchored the 4 x 400 relay, and for the second straight week out-leaned the second-place team by .10 seconds for the victory at 3:30.07.

The Wildcats host the 22nd Annual Chico Twilight Invitational. Field events start at 3:00 with races beginning at 4:30.

Bauhs posts fourth best NCAA D-II time this season
WALNUT, Calif. - Scott Bauhs competed at the Mt. SAC relays in the Olympic Development heat of the 1,500 meters on Friday in Southern California. He posted the fourth best time in all Division II this season, finishing 19th overall in the highly competitive meet with a time of 3:47.37. Two of the other top four times in the nation were also posted at the meet.

Bauhs’ time puts him sixth on Chico State’s top-ten list, a list which is historically difficult to crack. Prior to Stephen Springhorn’s 3:45.63 in 2005, no one had broken into the list since 1984.

The only other athlete to run at the meet was Michael Wickman, who posted a NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 1,500 with a time of 3:53.77.

Wildcats win exciting relays in S.F. meet
SAN FRANCISCO - The Chico State track and field teams wrapped up the Johnny Mathis Invitational in San Francisco with wins in the women’s and men’s 4 x 400 relays to cap off a successful overall meet for the Wildcats.

The women got a big boost from middle-distance runner Lindsey Brown, who ran a 58.2 second leg and anchor Melissa Sinclair (59.9) to beat Sonoma State by .29 seconds with a time of 4:02.76. Sinclair also won the 800 meters in a time of 2:17.54 and Brown took second in the event at 2:17.96.

The men’s 4 x 400 race also came down to a dramatic finish as anchor David Wellman fought off a strong S.F. City runner to win by .26 seconds at 3:19.80.

Junior Katie Wilson was a double winner for the Wildcats, winning the javelin with a personal best of 140-5, which is the top throw in the CCAA and fifth best in NCAA D-II this season. Wilson also won the high jump with a leap of 5-1.75.

In the men’s 800 meters, the Wildcats finished four athletes in the top five in an event that featured 44 competitors.  Robert McNeil finished second overall with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1:52.44. Dave Wellman (1:52.94) was third, Michael Wickman (1:53.11) fourth, and Dustin Fee (1:54.30) finished fifth.  

The women’s 4 x 100 race ended with a couple of injuries, both Alise Fix and Elle Cruikshank had to scratch the rest of the meet due to muscle strains. Earlier in the meet, Fix won her heat in the 100 hurdles in a season best time of 14.90.   Cruikshank was second in the javelin (129-3) and third in the long jump (17-3).

In the distance races Kyle Ivie (3:59.03) and Clinton Hayes (3:59.51) finished 2-3 in the 1,500 meters. Antonio Miramontes (14:51.91) and Angel Marquez (14:51.93) placed third and fourth in the 5,000 meters, missing national mark by less than a second.  

In the women’s 5K, freshman Julie Shaw knocked 40 seconds off her personal best with a time of 18:01, while Aisha Kamala (18:22) improved her personal best, and freshman Allison Ivie went 18:46.  

Zach Buchanan (14-6) won the men's pole vault over teammate Craig Henderson (14-6), based on number of misses. Buchanan also finished fourth in the 110 meter hurdles at 15.65, behind teammate Micah Smith (15.18) in third place. Greg Morgan took second in the high jump with a leap of 6-4. John Thompson was second in the triple jump at 42-3.25 and Jeremy Adams took second in the 400 hurdles at 56.95

Jen Sturm was third in the hammer throw (151-0), while Janine Roberson was second in the triple jump (35-00.25) and Nicole Barbour was third in the discus at 133-02.

Scott Bauhs named CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State's Scott Bauhs has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of March 27-April 1.

Bauhs, a sophomore from Danville, became the first Chico State runner to break the 29-minute barrier for the 10K distance with a time of 28:54.55 at the prestigious Stanford Invitational. The mark qualifies Bauhs provisionally for the upcoming USATF Championships to be held this summer in Indianapolis. The time is also an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division II Championships.

In addition, Bauhs' time is currently the second fastest in Division II, trailing only Abilene Christian's Nicademus Naiamdu, who holds the world-leading time of 28:06. Bauhs, who led the race at the midway point, finished fourth in his section made up of all Division I runners as well as club and unattached athletes.

Scott Bauhs leads the 10,000 meter pack at the Stanford Invite

Bauhs, Serrano post nation's top times this season
Charlie Serrano posted the top Division II 5K time this season Saturday - 14:57 - except for the time his teammate Scott Bauhs posted the night before. Bauhs' 14:56 did not count, however, as it came in the first half of his Division II-best 10K run of 28:54. His time was a personal record by 45 seconds and broke the Chico State record. The pair led a large contengient of strong performances by the track team in both Stanford and and Fresno over the weekend.

Also in Palo Alto, Mary Torres and Lindsay Nelson notched NCAA qualifying marks in the 10,000 meters. Torres set a personal record by more than a minute with her 36:29, which is also the fourth best in Chico State history and the third best in the nation this season. At fourth best is Nelson, who improved her PR by 32 seconds with a 36:40. In the 800, Lindsay Brown turned in a 2:16.04, the third best in the CCAA this season.

In the men's steeplechase, Tim Tollefson's 9:14 moves him into second on the Division II national list and is the top mark in the conference this season.

At the Cal-Nevada Championships in Fresno, Katie Wilson heaved the javelin 135-9 to finish seventh. Her throw was the fifth longest in the nation this season and it improved her NCAA provisional mark. Meanwhile, Sarah Ward tossed the second longest hammer throw in school history and is now just five feet shy of Melanie Glennen's school record.

Jon Rozborski's 205-6 javelin toss was good for second place. His 209-6 mark in the qualifying round moved him up to No. 1 in the nation for all Division II competitors.

Cruikshank improves NCAA mark with second-place finish
BERKELEY - Elle Cruikshank, improved her NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the heptathlon by 177 points with a total of 4,667 points at the Cal Multi Meet hosted by UC Berkeley. Cruikshank, who sat in fifth place after the opening day, had a solid second day performance to finish second overall among the 12 competitors.

Cruikshank won the final event of the two-day competition, the 800 meters, in a time of 2:27.09. Her 730 points in the event were 76 better than Carrie Yost’s, who finished in third place overall, 64 points behind Cruikshank. In addition to her win in the 800 meters, she finished second in the javelin throw.

Unattached athlete Bridget Johnson, who was in fourth place after the first day, won the event with 4,842 points.

Wildcat athletes Rebecca Moyneur (3,880) and Jenna Salz (3,416) finished ninth and 11th, respectively. Moyneur looked good in the final day, finishing third in the 800 meters and fourth in the javelin. Salz’s best effort was a fifth-place finish in the javelin.

In the decathlon, the Wildcat men finished 10th, 11th, and 12th. Robert Nooney recorded 6,159 points, Levi Stroing (5,020), and Lance Prange (4,477).

Among the tough, mostly Division I competition, Nooney’s best efforts were a fourth place finish in the 1,500 meters, and sixth place finishes in the 100 meters and 400 meters. Stroing finished eighth in the javelin and ninth in the 1,500 meters.

Josh Hustedt from Stanford led both days to win the decathlon with 7,286 points.

Wildcats post two more NCAA provisional qualifying marks
SACRAMENTO - The Chico State track & Field team had two members post NCAA Provisional qualifying marks at the Hornet Invitational hosted by Sacramento State on Saturday.

Pat Domek won the 400-meter hurdles with a 52.47 mark, the fourth-best time in school history and Sarah Montez was the Wildcats' other provisional qualifier with a 4:40.07 in the 1,500m, placing sixth overall.

David Wellman took second place in the 800, finishing at 1:53.15. Sarah Ward tossed the third-best hammer throw in Chico State history with a mark of 149-4, while John Rozborski's 195-10 javelin throw was good for fourth-place. Katie Wilson took seventh for the women with a mark of 128-2.

Other notable finishes for the Wildcats were freshman steeplechaser Thomas Whitcomb's fourth-place finish of 9:36.98, and Dinora Moran took second in the women's race with a time of 11:28.6. Elle Cruikshank had a 17-6 long jump to take eighth.

Elle Cruikshank named CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State's Elle Cruikshank has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of March 5-11.

Cruikshank, a senior from Santa Ana, is named the top female track athlete in the conference for the second straight week after recording a javelin throw of 134-05 to win the event at the Wildcat Relays in Chico. Her javelin mark is the third best in Chico State history.

Cruikshank also won the high jump with a leap of 5-03 and ran the 400-meter portion of the first-place, record setting distance medley team, which shattered the old meet record by 27 seconds with a time of 12:15.50.

Men win, women second in 2007 Wildcat Relays
CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State track and field team hosted the 2007 Wildcat Relays, an event which is scored by combining the marks or times of two teammates and points are awarded to the top six pairs in each event.

The Wildcat men scored 185 points to beat out second-place Fresno State (141 points). Sac City (98) was third, followed by Southern Oregon University (44). The Wildcats recorded 81 of the available 124 points in the four distance races and relays, including 26 points in the 5,000 meters.

On the women’s side, the Wildcats (189.5 points) finished second to Fresno State (201.5). Chico State picked up 22 points in the 5,000 meters and 18 points each in the discus and 4x800 relay.

Highlights for the women were three-event winner Elle Cruikshank who won both the high jump with a leap of 5-03 and the javelin with a toss of 134-05, which is a NCAA provisional qualifying mark and the third best throw all-time at Chico State. Cruikshank who was last week’s CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Week, was also a member of the distance medley, running the 400 meter portion.

The distance medley from Chico State crushed the meet record by 27 seconds with a time of 12:15.50 behind the performance of Sarah Montez (1,200m), Cruikshank (400m), Lindsey Brown (800m), and Mary Torres (1,600m).

The ‘Cats also won the 4x800 with the foresome of Brown, Montez, Rebecca Moyneur, and Torres.

Lindsay Nelson (17:53.60) and Julie Shaw (18:40.20) finished 1-2 in the 5,000 meters, while Alise Fix (15.09) and Janine Roberson (15.95) finished 2-3 in the 100 meter hurdles.

Nicole Barbour (41-00.25), Stephanie Robbins (38-07.75), and Ashley Atkinson (37-03.75) finished 3-5 in the shot, and Robbins (123-11), Barbour (122-0), and Sarah Ward (118-01) did the same in the discus.

Highlights for the men include taking the top two spots in the distance medley and setting a new meet record in the event at 10:00.50, shaving 17 seconds off the old record. Scott Bauhs, who ran an unofficial 4:01 in his one-mile portion of the event, was supported by Patrick Domek, Clinton Hayes, and Michael Wickman. Following behind at 10:18.10 was the foresome of Nick Clinton, Brian Nelson, Robert Nooney, and Charlie Serrano.

The 4x800 relay team of Clinton, Hayes, Nelson, and Wickman covered the track in 7:38.68, also a meet record. In second at 7:41.80 was the team of Phil Curiel, Dustin Fee, Robert McNeil and David Wellman.

Antonio Miramontes (15:02.90), Jeff Wilson (15:13.10), and Angel Marquez (15:17.50) took the top three spots in the 5,000 meters and three other Wildcats finished fifth-seventh.

Micah Smith (15.46) and Zach Buchanan (15.52) finished 2-3 in the 110 meter hurdles. Tim Tollefson (9:35.37) , Jordan Fairley (9:53.58), and Thomas Whitcomb (9:54.75) took the 2-4 spots in the steeplechase.
Team Scores

Elle Cruikshank named CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State's Elle Cruikshank has been named the CCAA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 26-March 4.

Elle Cruikshank, a senior from Santa Ana, won the Heptathlon with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 4,490 points in her first competition of the season at the Chico State Multi Invitational.

Cruikshank had a dominant performance, winning five of the seven events: high jump (5-02.25), shot put (36-05), long jump (16-10.5), javelin (117-07), and 800 meters (2:30.61). The point total puts her on Chico State’s all-time Top Ten list.

Wildcats open season with success at Stanislaus Open
TURLOCK – Katie Wilson won the Javelin throw and Mary Torres dominated the 3,000 meters to highlight a good day for the Chico State women’s track team opened the season at the Stanislaus Open. Michael Wickman won the 1500 meters, Tom Jester won the hammer throw, Jon Rozborski won the javelin, and David Wellman led a one-through-four Chico State sweep in the 800 meters for the Chico State men.

Torres’ 10:06 time in the 3000 meters was 22 seconds better than teammate Lindsay Nelson, who finished second in 10:28. The Wildcats took six of the first eight spots in the race as Dinora Moran finished fourth, Allison Ivie was fifth, Aisha Kamala was sixth, and Sarah Montez was eighth.

Wilson’s heave of 37.4 meters bested the field in the javelin competition. Teammate Ashley Atkinson finished fourth with a throw of 34.5 meters.

Nicole Barbour also had quite a day for the Wildcats. She finished second in the discus, second in the hammer, and third in the shot put. Stephanie Robbins was fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Sarah Ward was fifth in the hammer.

Janine Roberson also had a pair of top five finishes, leaping 34-9 to finish third in the triple jump, and finishing fourth in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.5. Alise Fix finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.28. Lindsey Brown and Kayla Silva made good showings in the 1500 meters. Brown finished second in 4:53, and Silva was fourth at 4:56.                       

In the men’s 800, Wellman finished in 1:54.84 and towed a trio of Wildcats with him to the tape. Robert McNeil (1:55), Dustin Fee (1:56), and Phil Curiel (1:57) earned spots two through four.

Wickman also had some teammates on his heels as he crossed the line. Antonio Miramontes finished fourth in 8:46, and Tim Tollefson finished fifth in 8:47.

Brian Nelson and Clinton Hayes led a strong Chico State showing in the 1500 meters, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in 4:04. Michael Balasek finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. Chico State also had a couple of top-five finishes in the high jump, as Ryan Bertucci cleared 1.93 meters to grab second and Greg Morgan cleared 1.88 meters to finish fourth.

Zach Buchanan and Craig Henderson finished second and third in the pole vault, respectively. Buchanan cleared 4.57 meters and Henderson cleared 4.27 meters.

Another Rozborski, Tim, finished fifth in the javelin with a heave of 48.4 meters.

Wildcat women finish 1-2 in Heptathlon
Jake Nelson wins "B" Decathlon
CHICO, Calif. - Chico State’s Elle Cruikshank dominated the final day of the 24th Annual Chico Multi-Event Classic to win the Heptathlon with a score of 4,490 points, a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark. Teammate Rebecca Moyneur (3,802), who was competing in her first multi event jumped from fourth place to second with a solid day-two performance at University Stadium.

Cruikshank won all three of the day’s events: long jump (16-10.5), javelin (117-07), and the 800 meters (2:30.61). Moyneur, finished second in the long jump (16-8.5) and javelin (92-07) and was third in the 800 (2:32.78).

Brittany Bickel (3,795) from UC Davis finished third. Casey Anderson (3,792) from Cal Lutheran was fourth and Danica Bates (3,701) from Lane Community College rounded out the top five.

In the men’s “A” Decathlon, defending champion Collin Cram (6,617) from Lane Community College won three of the final five events to jumped from third place into first. He was followed by Chico State’s Robert Nooney, who held on to his first-day, second-place standing by winning the discus (120-11), and finishing second in the javelin (133-10).

Brian Belue (5,955) from Humboldt State took third, followed by Doug Roche (5,872) of UC Davis, and Chris Hauswirth (5,662) from Harnell College.

In the men’s “B” Decathlon, Chico State’s Jake Nelson (5,603) held on to his first-day lead to win the 10-event competition by 97 points over Scottie Jones of Cal Lutheran (5,506). Nelson won the 110-meter high hurdles (16.67) and the discus (106-07).

Chico State’s Levi Stroing (4,726) won the javelin with a heave of 157-06 to finish fifth and Lance Prange (4,464) was seventh.

Heptathlon Results

Decathlon "A" Results

Decathlon "B" Results

Chico's Cruikshank leads Heptathlon heading into day two
CHICO, Calif. - Chico State’s Elle Cruikshank leads the Heptathlon at the 24th Annual Chico Multi-Event Classic being held at University Stadium.

Cruikshank amassed 2,620 points after the first four events, winning the high jump with a leap of 5-2.25 and the shot put with a heave of 36-5. She was second in the 200 meters (27.55) and third in the 100 hurdles (16.63).

Brittany Bickel (2,415) from UC Davis won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.90 and is currently in second place, trailing by 205 points. Casey Anderson out of Cal Lutheran is third at 2,385 points and Chico State’s Rebecca won the 200 meters in 27.31 and sits in fourth place at 2,117 points.

Due to the number of participants, the Decathlon was split into two groups. Brian Belue from Humboldt State leads the “A” group with 3,446 points after winning the final two events of the day, high jump (6-2.25) and 400 meters (51.06). Chico State’s Robert Nooney (3,399), won the long jump and finished second in the 100 meters (11.24). He trails the leader by 47 points after the first five events.

In the “B” session of the Decathlon, Chico State’s Jake Nelson (3,188) holds a slim 41-point lead over Scottie Jones (3,147) from Cal Lutheran. Nelson won the 100 meters in 11.44 and the long jump (21-8).

The event concludes tomorrow, beginning with the Decathlon 110 hurdles at 9 a.m.

Bauhs finishes among elite in indoor event
SEATTLE - Chico State's Scott Bauhs placed seventh out of 18 runners in the 5,000 meters at the Husky Invitational, an indoor meet in Seattle. His time of 13 minutes, 49.4 seconds was the fastest in school history, though it doesn't count as a school outdoor record, and qualifies him for the U.S. National Championships this summer in Indianapolis.

Annual Alumni Dinner scheduled for Feb. 17
The Annual Track & Field Alumni Dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 in the Bell Memorial Union auditorium. Social hour begins at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:45.

Cost is $40 ($70 per couple) if received by Feb. 3. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $45 each. Contact Oliver Hanf (530-898-5735) or Kirk Freitas (530-898-5150) for additional information and to reserve a spot.

This year the program will honor 10 national champions:

Bill Latcone- PV-’65
Duane Ray-Mile ‘69
Steve Frankiewich-Discus-’75
Stan Urmann-LJ-’75
Dave Burton-Decathlon-’93
Felicia Haris-LJ,TJ-’93
Chandra Flinn-Discus-2000
JJ Noble-decathlon-’01
Christa Tebbs-PV-’02
Jon Rozborski-Javelin-’05

If planning to attend, please RSVP by Feb. 3 to ensure an accurate count. Checks (payable to UF - Chico State Track and Field) can be mailed to:

Chico State Track and Field
Chico, CA 95929-0300