Monday, November 07, 2016

Chico State Women Win NCAA West Regional

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(L-R) Chico State women's cross country runners Alex Burkhart, Sadie Gastelum and Haley Kroll hold the 2016 NCAA West Region Championship Trophy.
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Women's Cross Country | | By Luke Reid - Sports Information Director (

Wildcats team up to win another regional title

All seven women finish among top 31

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BILLINGS, Mont. – Hundreds of cross country teams toed the line at various venues across the nation in an effort to win a NCAA Division II Regional title Saturday. But few programs have perfected the team concept–the willingness to work together in order to rise to the top–that the Chico State women displayed to win the West at Amend Park in Billings, Montana.

All seven Wildcats crossed the line among the top 31 finishers as the Wildcats won their second straight Regional title and seventh in the past 14 seasons. They will now compete at the NCAA Championships for the 17th straight season. This year's finale is scheduled for Nov. 19 in St. Leo, Florida.
Sadie Gatelum (right) and Karlie Garcia embrace at the end of the race.
The Wildcats looked as though they would be challenged by any number of teams heading into the race. They were the top-ranked squad, ranked No. 7 in the nation, but five other teams entered the race ranked among the nation's top 25, including two in the top 10.

The challenge never really materialized.

Chico State's Sadie Gastelum and Karlie Garcia, who would go on to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, ran in the lead pack together throughout the six-kilometer race. And Hannah Dorman, Nora Pizzella, Haley Kroll and Kayden Carpenter worked their way up through the pack together. Dorman delivered an 18th-place finish, Pizzella placed 25th, Kroll came in 28th, and Carpenter crossed the line in 31st. Alex Burkhart was the team's only lone wolf. Caught between the two packs, she ran solo to a 16th-place finish. They all finished within less than a minute of one another.

In placing fifth, Gastelum joined Ayla Granados as the only Wildcats to finish in the top five at two different Regional Championships. She also became the sixth Wildcat to win three All-West Region awards in the history of the program. Gastelum finished 26th as a freshman, 24th as a sophomore, and third last season.

Overall Results (top 6 advanced to NCAA Championships)
1. Chico State - 70
2. Simon Fraser - 103
3. Alaska Anchorage – 111
4. Point Loma – 124
5. Cal Poly Pomona – 164
6. California Baptist – 185

Chico State Individuals (out of 204 runners)
5. Sadie Gastelum – 21:17.34
Alex Burkhart.
6. Karlie Garcia – 21:20.16
16. Alex Burkhart – 21:52.52
18. Hannah Dorman – 21:59.93
25. Nora Pizzella – 22:04.80
28. Haley Kroll – 22:12.72
31. Kayden Carpenter – 22:15.14


Doc Adams results
Camila Turati finished second overall and first among collegiate competitors at Saturday's Doc Adams Invitational, hosted by UC Davis, at Putah Creek Reserve in Yolo County. Turati covered the six-kilometer course in 22:19.9, the first of four Wildcats to finish in the top nine.

Chico State Uniformed Finishers
2. Camila Turati (22:19.9)
4. Desirae Jones (22:33.0)
8. Veronica Garcia (23:43.1)
9. Nicole Anthony (23:48.4)

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