May 29, 2013 3:48 PM
Chico State Track & Field Star J Patrick Smith became the third two-time NCAA Champion in Chico State Athletics history (among the 13 current programs) after winning his second consecutive national title in the decathlon last Friday. Smith joins fellow Wildcat Athletic legends J.J. Jakovac (Golf, 2002 & 2004) and distance runner Scott Bauhs (2007 10,000-meter champion & 2008 5,000-meter champion) with the achievement.
In an article released by the Chico State Athletic Department, Smith broke his own school record, the stadium record, and came within 33 points of an all-time Division II top-10 score with 7,612 points, easily outdistancing second-place Justin Balczak (7,387). The release also stated the junior from Santa Barbara also logged a USA Outdoors Track & Field Championships B Qualifying Standard. His total is the 12th highest in the nation this year and means Smith could be headed to the USA Outdoors Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 20-23.
Smith also tied the NCAA Decathlon Championship record in the long jump last Thursday with the third longest personal-record leap in Chico State history: 24-feet-7.25. The article further stated Smith became only the ninth back-to-back Division II decathlon champion ever. He has a chance join Abilene Christian University alum Camille Vandendriessche as the only three-time winner of the event next season.