SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Fifth-ranked Chico State captured its tenth consecutive CCAA championship on Saturday morning. The Wildcats rolled past the competition, claiming 10 of the top 11 spots en route to victory.
CCAA Runner of the Year Adrian Sherrod nipped Isaac Chavez at the line by a tenth of a second and CCAA Newcomer of the Year Johnny Sanchez and Joseph Rivera followed closely behind. Only Cal Poly Pomona’s Ryan Carrell kept the Wildcats from making it a clean sweep. Dayne Gradone, Miles Dunbar, Alfonso Cisneros, Josh Linen, Joey Kochlacs and Jeremy Brummitt finished sixth through 11th, each earning All-CCAA honors.
Only 40 seconds separated Sherrod from Brummitt when the eight kilometers were covered. The Wildcats worked together for much of the race, leaving the rest of the field to run for second place. Sherrod, a junior, stopped the clock in 25:39.0. The sophomore Chavez, who finished fourth at last year’s NCAA championships, crossed the line in 25:39.1 with Sanchez hot on his trail, coming home in 25:39.8. Rivera was the first senior to finish in 25:43.5. Dunbar (26:07.3), Linen (26:13.0) and Kochlacs (26:17.1) are also seniors. Gradone and Cisneros are sophomores, and Brummitt was the second freshman to break the tape.
The race marked the 10th anniversary of the Wildcats’ first CCAA crown, an upset of then-rival UC Davis in 2002.
Kochlacs collected his fourth All-CCAA cross country honor, while Chavez, Cisneros, Dunbar and Sherrod each snagged their second.