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The 2000 Wildcat cross country teams at the NCAA Division II championships in Pomona.
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Last year saw some impressive results from CSU, Chico's track and field and cross country teams. The 2000 Wildcat track and field team produced a national champion and two All-Americans at the NCAA Division II event in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chandra Flinn secured the national championship in the discus, with a throw of 165-01, defeating her nearest competitor by seven feet. Jose Alfredo Saenz achieved All-American status with an eighth-place finish in the 10,000 meters. He is also an All-American cross country runner. Jenny Spoon earned All-American status in the 1,500-, 3,000-, and 5,000-meter events with third-, fourth-, and eighth-place finishes. She was the only woman to qualify in all three events.

On November 18, the cross country teams made school history at the Division II championships in Pomona, with both men's and women's teams finishing among the top 10 in the nation.

"I am very proud of our teams' accomplishments this past season," says Gary Towne, head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams. "We defeated many top Division I programs, including UCLA, Southern Utah, UC, Irvine, and Texas A&M on our way to finishing in the top 10 in the nation. This was Chico's first time ever putting both the men's and women's cross country teams in the top 10 at the national championships. Another accomplishment was having eight of our 14 competing athletes finish with All West Region honors."

     
   



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