Panthers Third at First Wildcat Cup

sophomore Brendan Lepe leads over the final hurdle
Sophomore Brendan Lepe leads the competition over the final hurdle at the Wildcat Cup.
There are a total of seven California community college programs that are lead by graduates of CSU Chico who also competed for the NCAA Division II program during their undergraduate careers. Five of those programs converged on the campus of host Chabot College for the first annual Wildcat Cup. The five programs who attended this scored meet were host Chabot, Hartnell College, Yuba College, Santa Rosa College, and Cuesta College representing Southern California. The Hartnell College women were victorious in this first year meeting with 185.40 points to second place Chabot with 123.40. On the men's side, Santa Rosa Junior College men tallying the most points with 155 to host Chabot with 147. Hartnell College was third with 126 points. 
On the men's side, sophomore Wyatt Conner heaved the hammer to a lifetime best 147'6" to improve on his regional qualifying throw. Freshman Isaiah Guerra achieved two regional marks in the long jump (21'4") and triple jump (43'10"). Sophomore Brendan Lepe debuted in the 400mH at 57.20 to take the victory and start nearly at where he left off at last spring's Northern California Championship. Frosh De'Antae Williams dipped under 11 seconds for the second time this season (10.99) with fellow freshman Shraee Harrison lowering his regional qualifying 200 meters (22.44). Sophomore Nick Merillana took second in the 800 meters running his second best time ever (2:00.73). Jesus Avalos lead a squadron of men in the 1500 meters with his 4:15.07. Sophomore Jack Fling improved on his javelin best (132'1") in preparation for April's Northern California decathlon championship. 

The Panthers will split squads with a majority of the team heading to the Jack Albiani Invitational hosted by Modesto Junior College on Friday. A handful of distance runners will go south to Eagle Rock for the Occidental Spring Break Distance Carnival on Saturday in an effort to secure state automatic marks in the 5000 meters.