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Now into its second quarter century of competition, the CSUB Athletic Department continues to establish itself as the nation’s premiere NCAA Division II program. Roadrunner athletics has expanded to include 17 sports, with the addition of men’s and women’s indoor track & field in 2003. Currently, CSUB offers seven sports for men (basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, indoor/outdoor track and wrestling) and 10 sports for women (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor/outdoor track, volleyball and water polo).

Though CSUB’s success has been legendary in the local area, ’Runner Athletics finally received its due recognition on the national level in 1998 by winning the Sears Directors’ Cup. The hand-crafted Waterford Crystal trophy — valued at more than $20,000 — is awarded annually to the nation’s premier overall athletic program. 1998 marked the first year CSUB was eligible to win the award. CSUB became the CSU institution at any level to receive the honor. With a fifth–place finish in 2005, CSUB has placed in the top six in eight of the 11 years the award has been given at the Division II level.

Over its relatively brief history, CSUB’s achievements have been unparalleled on the national level. Roadrunner teams have collected 30 national championships since 1976. CSUB boasts 236 NCAA Division I and II individual national champions as of June, 2005. CSUB’s 57 California Collegiate Athletic Association titles top the conference. ’Runner student-athletes also have captured 13 CCAA Athlete of the Year awards (including 2005 winners April Burton and Chris Figures), a mark which is the best in CCAA history.

The men’s basketball (3), swimming (12) and wrestling (8) teams have combined for 11 national titles since 1976. Also capturing NCAA championships for CSUB have been men’s soccer (1997), softball (1988, 89, 90) and volleyball (1989). women’s tennis captured the AIAW national title in 1977.

As of June, 2005, ’Runners athletes have captured mre than 1,100 All–America awards. CSUB Athletics have produced six Olympians. Two–time undefeated NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion Stephen Neal went on to capture the USA Freestyle title and the Pan American Games gold medal and currently plays in the NFL with the New England Patriots.

The Roadrunners compete as NCAA Division II members in all sports except for wrestling, which competes at the Division I level in the Pac-10 Conference. CSUB is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association: the "Conference of Champions." CCAA teams, including CSUB, have captured more national team championships than any other NCAA Division II conference in the nation.

Below are some brief bullet points highlighting the 32–year history of CSUB Roadrunner Athletics...

1 Sears Director’s Cup
• The first and only Cal State University system school to win the Sears Cup
• CSUB ranks No. 2 all–time in NCAA Division II NACDA Director’s Cup standings
• CSUB Has finished in the Director’s Cup top 6 six times in the eight–year history of the cup
• CSUB has finished in the top three times

30 NCAA Team Champions
13 – Men’s Swimming
8 – Wrestling
3 – Basketball
3 – Softball
1 – Volleyball
1 – Men’s Soccer
1 – Women’s Tennis (AIAW)
• Note that CSUB has more team NCAA Division II titles than any school which does not sponsor both indoor and out door track & field (Abilene Christian has 36, 35 in indoor or outdoor track)

41 NCAA Team Tournament Appearances in the 1990’s
• The most NCAA appearances by an NCAA Division II School

57 CCAA Team Champions
• More than any CCAA member

236 NCAA Division I and II Individual Champions
• CSUB won more individual NCAA titles in 1998 (26) than all other CCAA schools won in the ’90s

1,104 NCAA Division I and II All–Americans
• Includes 36 All–Americans in 2004–2005, including 9 individual NCAA Champions

13 CCAA Athletes of the Year
• The most of any conference school in history
• Includes 2005 winners April Burton and Chris Figures

Thousands of All–Conference performers
• Includes 59 All–Conference honorees in 2004–2005
• Includes 44 Conference Athlete or Coach of the Year Award winners over the past six seasons (1999–05)

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