CCAA Athletes of the Year

 

2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year

J Patrick Smith, Chico State (Men's Track and Field)

A junior from Santa Barbara, Smith became a two-time All-American after capturing his second consecutive NCAA national title in the decathlon at 2013 Track and Field Championships that concluded on May 26.  He is the third two-time NCAA Champion in Chico State history.

Smith was tabbed US Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association National Field Athlete of Year and the USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year.  

He was the only CCAA Track and Field Athlete to reach the NCAA Championships automatic-qualifying mark, scoring 7,035 points in the decathlon in his first attempt of the season.  

Smith has been a member of the past three CCAA Men’s Track and Field Teams and led the Wildcats in their 2013 victory by scoring in seven different events. 

He won 16 events this year spanning seven specialties.  He was a four-time winner in the long jump, helped the Wildcats’ 4x100 relay to three victories, twice won the 110-meter hurdles, duscus, 100 meters, and the decathlon, while also notching a title in the javelin. 

Smith is the fourth Chico State male to earn the CCAA’s top honor, joining former Wildcats Kyle Souza (Golf, 2011-12), Scott Bauhs (Cross Country/Track and Field, 2006-07; 2007-08), and J.J. Jakovac (Golf, 2001-02; 2003-04).

Past Winners: CCAA Male Athletes of the Year (1982-present)

 

2012-13 Female Athlete of the Year

Chrissy Stalf, Humboldt State (Softball)

A senior from Oakley, Stalf, is only the second Humboldt State athlete to be named the CCAA Athlete of the Year, concluded her senior campaign with a conference-high .854 slugging percentage, while also leading in on-base percentage (.538), runs scored (71), walks (53), and a record-breaking 28 home runs.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Daktronics named Stalf to their respective All-America teams after leading the Lumberjacks to their first NCAA Championship appearance since winning the national title in 2008.

Stalf’s stellar season landed her a place in numerous prominent record books -- Her Division II leading, 28 home runs brought her career total to 57 placing her at the top of the all-time home run list both at the institutional level and at the conference level.  In addition to breaking the CCAA single-season record, which she set during her sophomore year, Stalf tied the NCAA single-season home run record. 

The CCAA’s Most Valuable Player, Stalf, was also tabbed the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year and the NFCA West Region Player of the Year. Academically, the Lumberjacks’ first baseman was named to the Capital-One All-District and Capital-One All-American teams.

Stalf becomes the fourth softball player to be tabbed the CCAA’s top female athlete and only the second from Humboldt State.  Following fellow softball Lumberjack, Lizzy Prescott, who received the award in 2007-08.

Past Winners: CCAA Female Athletes of the Year (1982-present)