Friday, November 18, 2016

Chico State will pen final chapter to amazing season on Saturday

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Men's Cross Country | | By Luke Reid - Sports Information Director (

’Cats will pen final chapter to amazing season Saturday

Men’s cross country team hoping to make history in St. Leo

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ST. LEO, Florida – The Chico State men's cross country team made a cross-country journey Wednesday en route to the NCAA Division II National Championships, which will take place Saturday in St. Leo, Florida.

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.

The Schedule
Men's 10k start time: 5:30 a.m., Pacific

The Links
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
Race Homepage

The Course
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 Field
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 Rankings
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 Rewards
The top four teams receive an NCAA Championships trophy. The top 40 individuals will be named All-America.

The Returners
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.

The Lineup
  • William Reyes–1st at Regional Championships…1st at CCAA Championships…Four wins and one runner-up finish in 5 races this season…Seven career wins in 11 starts…11 top-10 finishes in 11 starts.
  • Kyle Medina–2nd at Regional Championships…7th at CCAA Championships…Has finished 7th or better in all five races this season, including 2nd twice.
  • Falco DiGiallonardo–3rd at Regional Championships…4th at CCAA Championships…Finished 7th or better in all four races he entered this season, including 3rd twice.
  • Aaron Mora–17th at Regional Championships…12th at CCAA Championships…Making his 4th trip to the NCAA Championships.
  • Steven Martinez–22nd at Regional Championships…9th at CCAA Championships.
  • Arturo Arevalo–53rd at Regional Championships…6th at CCAA Championships.
  • Connor Fisher–DNF at Regional Championships…2nd at CCAA Championships.
  • Steven Velarde–15th at CCAA Championships.
Note – Only seven athletes will run in Saturday's Championships. One of these eight will act as the alternate.

The History
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.

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