Achieving Excellence
in 2002 at California State University, Chico


Photo: Sophomore J.J. JakovacSophomore J.J. Jakovac won the National Collegiate Athletic Association Individual Golf Championship in Florida to cap a season that included six tournament wins. He was named California Collegiate Athletic Association Athlete of the Year, as well as CCAA Golfer of the Year.

The Wildcat baseball team competed in the Division II Baseball Championship in Alabama for the fourth time in six years. The team placed second in the nation. Two Wildcats were named to the NCAA Division II All-America teams.

CSU, Chico's softball team won the Division II West Regional Championship in Davis, California. At the Division II national championship in Virginia, they finished as one of the top four teams. Pitcher Katie Stokx was named CCAA Freshman of the Year.

Photo: Senior Christa TebbsSenior Christa Tebbs captured the national pole-vault title at the NCAA Division II Championship in Texas. Five track and field Wildcats earned All-America status.

In the regionals, the men's track and field team took the CCAA conference title, while the women's team took third behind UC Davis and UC San Diego. Tebbs won her third straight conference pole-vault title; Jessica Saltzman repeated as high-jump champion.

CSU, Chico is well on the way to having one of the top Division
II athletic programs. Wildcat teams and individual athletes had an outstanding 2001-2002 season.