Experience Excellence

Exceptional Student-Athletes

In its 50th season, the softball team captured both the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season and conference tournament championships and made its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II Championships. Crushing program records with 29 consecutive victories and a 55-6 record, the team was propelled by senior Haley Gilham, the winningest pitcher in program history. With 87 career victories, her 31 wins this season broke her own school record, and her 16 shutouts led the nation! Gilham became the first Wildcat to be named the CCAA Female Athlete of the Year since the school joined the conference 20 years ago.

Chico State men’s basketball seniors Corey Silverstrom, Jalen McFerren, and Isaiah Ellis all eclipsed the 1,000-point career plateau(opens in new window) this season—a feat only 16 Wildcats had ever previously accomplished, and never three teammates in the same season.

Seniors, Isaiah Ellis, Jalen McFerren, and Corey Silverstrom  before Chico State Wildcats

team captains for the 2018 baseball team

All 13 of Chico State’s athletic programs reached the postseason in 2017–18—with five winning CCAA titles—earning the Wildcats the Commissioner’s Cup for the best overall athletics performance this year. The ’Cats finished the year ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide—an honor we have earned in 16 of the last 17 years.

After logging the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in Division II and 10th fastest among all collegiate levels, distance runner Kyle Medina capped his historic career(opens in new window) for the Wildcats with nine All-America distinctions to his name.

Kyle Medina capped his historic career for the Wildcats with nine All-America distinctions to his name

Bekah Boyle killed it in the classroom and on the volleyball court.

Bekah Boyle killed it in the classroom and on the volleyball court. The psychology major and aspiring neuropsychologist led the Wildcats in kills and ranked among the top outside hitters in the CCAA, and she boasted the highest GPA among every other volleyball player in the eight-team championship field.

A tradition of conference title streaks continued in 2017–18:

  • Men’s cross country—16th straight
  • Women’s cross country—10th straight
  • Men’s track and field—14 of the last 15 titles
Alex's wish with a trip to LEGOLAND during halftime of Chico State Wildcats against

In partnership with Make-A-Wish and NCAA Division II, the Chico State Student Athlete Advisory Committee made a dream come true for Alex, a 5-year-old boy born with a serious heart condition, by giving him a trip to Legoland.