Alumni notebook: Nevada Union grad O’Brien sets freshman record at Chico State |

Alumni notebook: Nevada Union grad O’Brien sets freshman record at Chico State

O’Brien set the all-time women’s heptathlon points record for Chico State true freshmen lasy week at the Delta Heptathlon with a score of 4,313 points, besting the old record by 53 points.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

Melanie O’Brien, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, has already made her way into the Chico State track and field record books, setting a new standard for true freshmen in the women’s heptathlon.

O’Brien set the all-time women’s heptathlon points record for Chico State true freshmen last week at the Delta Heptathlon with a score of 4,313 points, besting the old record by 53 points.

O’Brien established new personal records in the shot put with a throw of 29-feet, 10-inches, the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.93 seconds and the 800m run in 2:32.4. She also posted marks of 110’ in the javelin, 15’7” in the long jump, a high jump of 4’9” and a time of 15.44 seconds in the 100m hurdles.

O’Brien will be competing in the Chico State Twilight Invitational this weekend in her final home meet followed by the East Bay Legacy Meet before the CCAA Conference Championships in San Francisco.


Jakob Freele (Nevada Union ‘14; Northland College) and the Lumberjacks (8-15) earned one win in three tries against Crown College last week.

Freele, a freshmen outfielder, was 5-for-11 from the plate and impressed on the base paths, scoring seven runs in the three game series. On the season, Freele has played in 20 games, is batting .300, has an on base percentage of .449 and a team high 20 runs scored.

Zach Welz (Bear River ‘11; Texas Southern University) and the Tigers (16-14) ran into trouble against University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff last week, losing all three games against the Golden Lions.

Welz, a senior outfielder, was especially strong in the series opener, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and two RBIs in a 11-9 loss. Welz finished 5-for-13 with five runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases over the three game stretch with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. On the season, Welz is batting .265, with 25 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and 12 RBIs.

Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ‘12; Holy Names University) and the Hawks (15-21) took three out of four games with Academy of Art last week.

Zeisler, a junior shortstop, went 1-for-13 in the series, but did draw three walks, steal two bases and score two runs. On the season, Zeisler is batting .280, with 16 runs scored and 10 RBIs.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union ’11; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (8-23) salvaged one game from a four game set against Sonoma State last week.

Porter, a junior catcher, started in two games and appeared in three, going 0-for-6 from the plate in the series. On the season, Porter is batting .200 with 13 RBIs and three home runs.

Brandon O’Callaghan (Nevada Union ‘13; Yuba Community College) and the 49ers (16-12) split a two-game series with Napa Valley College last week.

O’Callghan, a sophomore catcher, played in the win over Napa Valley, going 0-for-2 from the plate. On the season, O’Callghan is batting .212 with eight runs scored and three RBIs.

Ryan McCarthy (Nevada Union ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines (11-15) lost a pair of games to San-Joaquin Delta College last week.

McCarthy pitched one scoreless inning in relief, striking out one and not allowing a hit. On the season, McCarthy has appeared in seven games, thrown seven innings, allowed 10 hits, six earned runs and has struck out three.


Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ‘12; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (26-9) won all three games last week, beating Texas State twice and Houston once.

Ceo, a junior infielder, went 4-for-9 from the plate with three runs scored, an RBI and a double. On the season, Ceo has started 34 games and is batting .316.

Alyssa Reina (Bear River ‘12; North Dakota State) and the Bison (29-7) won two out of three against the University of South Dakota last week.

Reina, a redshirt sophomore catcher, went 1-for-6 from the plate with a run scored and a stolen base. On the season, Reina is batting .336, with 28 runs scored, eight home runs and 34 RBIs.

Maddie Phelps (Bear River ‘12; Alabama State) and the Hornets (11-25) snagged one win in three tries against Jackson State last week.

Phelps, a junior pitcher, pitched 6.1 innings of relief across two games. On the season, Phelps has appeared in 22 games, has a 5-10 record with a 6.84 ERA.

Shyanne Parrish (Nevada Union ‘14; Yuba College) and the 49ers (8-26) won a pair of games against Conta Costa College last week.

Parrish, a freshmen utility player, went 1-for-3 and scored five runs across the two games. On the season, Parrish is batting .349 with 27 runs scored, seven stolen bases and six RBIs.


Evan Kittle (Nevada Union ‘14; UC Santa Cruz) and the Banana Slugs (24-5) won five straight matches in Elmira, New York last week.

Kittle played sparingly in wins over D’Yourville and SUNY Poly. On the season, Kittle has played in 18 matches and 57 sets, tallying a team high 485 assists, an average of 8.51 assists per set.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, email or call 530-477-4232.

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