The Wildcats, who enter the race ranked No. 4 in the nation, have enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in the program's history to this point. Chico State has won every race it has entered this season in dominating fashion.
One more win Saturday, which undoubtedly will require the team's best effort of the season after a season full of terrific races, would mean the program's first national title.
That isn't to say that the Wildcats haven't enjoyed their fair share of successes on the national stage. This marks the 18th straight season and 22nd overall the Wildcats have qualified for the NCAA Championships.
They've returned home with hardware (a finish of fourth place or higher) seven times.
Men's 10k start time: 5:30 a.m., Pacific
Links to a live stream and in-race updates and final results are available in the calendar section of our homepage and on the cross country schedule page. All results are unofficial until after the 15-minute protest period is complete.
Live Video Stream of the Race
In-Race Updates and Results
The 10-kilometer course resides on a golf track called The Abbey Course. The athletes will make two-and-a-half loops around the course before a hard right turn and sprint to the finish. Link to view the course map.
The 248-runner field is made up of 32 teams and 24 individuals. Teams and individuals qualified at the NCAA Regional Championships on Nov. 5.
The West Region Champion Wildcats are ranked No. 4 in the nation. Defending Champion Colorado Mines is ranked No. 1, followed by 2015 runner-up Adams State, Grand Valley State, and Chico State.
The top four teams receive an NCAA Championships trophy. The top 40 individuals will be named All-America.
Six Wildcats return to the NCAA Championships after helping to lead the team to a sixth-place finish last season in Joplin, Missouri–Will Reyes, Steven Martinez, Kyle Medina, Aaron Mora, Steven Velarde, and Connor Fisher.
Reyes finished 10th last season, Martinez 17th, and Medina 34th. All three earned All-America honors. Mora came in 69th, Velarde 150th, and Fisher 192nd.
Chico State has finished among the top 10 in the nation in 16 of the past 17 years. The Wildcats' third-place finishes in 1969, 2005, and 2008 mark their highest ever.
Scott Bauhs (2008) is the only Wildcat to have won the individual title. Reyes' top-10 finish last season was the 11th in program history. With another top-10 finish Saturday, he would join Bauhs and Isaac Chavez as the only Wildcats to have finished among the nation's top-10 twice. He, Medina and Martinez have an opportunity to join an elite fraternity of eight with multiple All-America honors.