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Chico State Wildcat Athletics Round-up

Harkins Has His Card

Don’t be surprised to be jolted awake from your afternoon nap some Sunday next spring by the words, “He played his collegiate golf at Chico State. 

”Wildcats men’s golf alum Brandon Harkins will be playing on the PGA Tour in 2018 after qualifying for his PGA Tour Card with a Top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour this season. It’s been a long road for Harkins, who finished 21st on the Web.com Tour money list. He’s played all over the world in his quest to earn his card, including the PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica circuits.  

Harkins (BA, Communications, ’10) went through qualifying to reach the 2016 US Open, made the cut, and went on to finish 59th. Next year he will have many more chances to play in front of a national TV audience.  

Another former Wildcat, JJ Jakovac, is already a regular on the tour as the full-time caddy for Ryan Moore, who ranked 44th in the Official World Golf Rankings as of early September.  

Tollefson Shines on Global Stage

Many considered the competition at the 2017 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc the stiffest and deepest in the history of ultramarathon running. Tim Tollefson, still a relative newbie to the sport, took third, solidifying his stature as one of the strongest ultra athletes in the world.  

The former Chico State steeplechase and cross country star covered the 166.4-kilometer (104 miles) track through the Alps, featuring almost 10,000 meters in elevation gain, in 19 hours and 53 minutes—roughly 18 minutes under the previous course record.  

The conditions were rough, with rain, mud, snow, and high winds. But Tollefson (BS, Exercise Physiology, ’08), who trains year-round in Mammoth Lakes, remained strong, passing a number of former champions and legends in the sport to podium for the second straight season.  

Tollefson plans to run some cross country races in Northern California and then pace his wife, Lindsay (BA, Psychology, ’08), at the California International Marathon on December 3, before delving back into the world of ultras in 2018.  

Wondo Closing In

Chico State men’s soccer alum Chris Wondolowski (Attended, Child Development, 2001–04) is creeping toward the Major League Soccer (MLS) career goals record. As of October 9, he tied for third all- time with 133 career goals, and trails record-holder Landon Donovan by just 12.  

Wondolowski has already broken two records this season, logging his 64th away goal on August 28 to surpass Donovan’s record, and becoming the first player in league history with eight straight seasons with 10 goals or more.  

The only Division II athlete to earn Most Valuable Player honors in a major professional sport (he was the 2012 MLS MVP), Wondolowski was also recently chosen to represent the United States Men’s National Team for World Cup qualifying and boasts 10 goals in 31 appearances for the United States.  

Conference Crowns

The 2017–18 academic year marks the Wildcats’ 20th as a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. These have been two decades of dominance.  

Chico State has won 70 CCAA titles over the past 19 years—more than twice as many as any other conference school. And for eight years running, Chico State has won more conference crowns than anyone else. In 2016–17, Chico State won five of 12 CCAA titles.  

For more sports coverage, visit www.chicowildcats.com or follow @ChicoWildcats on Twitter. 

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LILIANA OCHOA-SPRINGER

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