CONCORD, CA (Nov. 15, 2023) — Dylan White, a 2018 Clayton Valley Charter grad, led cross country Division II powerhouse Chico State to the California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s cross country championship last month.
White finished the five-mile course in a time of 24:41 and helped his Wildcat men’s team capture their 21st consecutive conference title. With that first-place finish, White was also named the Conference Runner of the Year.
Long-time Chico coach Gary Towne said, “It’s hard to imagine a more deserving champion than Dylan. A class act…amazing team leader, a hard worker, and selfless teammate. A year ago, Dylan enjoyed an amazing summer of training, only to pick up an early fall injury that took out his entire (junior) fall season. This year he’s returned and has been a solid #3 runner for us. On Saturday, with a lot on the line he led his crew to a big victory.”
Last Saturday, Chico continued its great run with a seventh successive NCAA Division II Western Regional championship in Oregon. White finished fifth at Regionals, earning his first All-West Region team honor. As West Region champs, the Wildcats secured another berth to the NCAA Division II Championships Nov. 18 Joplin, Missouri.
Jay Bedecarré is a long-time resident and writer in Concord and Clayton. He began his newspaper writing career while still a senior at Mt. Diablo High School and he has been part of The Pioneer since its inception in 2003. Jay also operates Bay Area Festivals, presenting events around the San Francisco Bay Area including Bay Area KidFest annually in Downtown Concord.