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The neverending story of Michael Sam

State Hornet

September 16, 2014


Filed under Opinion

The media coverage about Michael Sam and his sexual orientation seems to be never-ending. Since February, Sam has been speaking to the media about being a proud, openly gay man in the NFL.We can agree it is a huge deal for a professional football player to come out of the closet since the NFL seems to have a “...

Sacramento State to host 2014 USA Track and Field championships

Joe Davis

November 13, 2013


Filed under News

Sacramento State Athletics has once again struck a landmark deal to upgrade its facilities with outside financing, this time by partnering with the Sacramento Sports Commission.The project will resurface the track at Hornet Stadium in preparation for the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship...

Religion unites Hornet athletes

Clifton Jones

May 14, 2013


Filed under Sports

Sacramento State student athletes may be seen as partiers during the off-season, but there is a group of student athletes who are a different type of partiers. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Sac State provides a warm and inviting group for athletes who are new to campus living.The group meets once ...

Pride Center holds forum on the role of LGBT athletes in sports.

Pride Center holds forum on the role of LGBT athletes in sports.

Fabian Garcia

March 19, 2013


Filed under News

Sacramento State’s Pride Center hosted an open discussion called “Out in the Locker Room” on Thursday to address issues homosexual and transgender athletes face at the collegiate level. While stigmas about homosexuality have certainly diminished in modern society, nearly 40 guests in attendance...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?

James Heck

December 5, 2012


Filed under Sports

Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at jmh479@saclink.csus.edu.

Men’s basketball signs two newbies

Joe Davis

December 5, 2012


Filed under Sports

When Sacramento State men’s basketball head coach Brian Katz took the job at Sac State he envisioned building a winning program which all Hornets, past and present, could be proud of. Five years in, Katz’s teams have won less than 40 percent of their games, but through solid recruiting, a change...

Parrish’s 39-point game leads women’s basketball to a Pac-12 victory

Parrish’s 39-point game leads women’s basketball to a Pac-12 victory

State Hornet Staff

December 1, 2012


Filed under Sports

When Se’nyce Parrish took the floor at the Gill Coliseum at Oregon State, she could not miss.The junior guard from Clovis scored a game-high 39 points, which included nine 3-pointers in her team’s 80-71 overtime win against the Beavers.Parrish’s performance was just six points shy from tying the ...

Volleyball transfer returns after injury

Joe Davis

October 2, 2012


Filed under Sports

Standing at 6-feet-2-inches tall, sophomore right-side hitter for the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team Kiley Mansfield has all the physical tools required to be dominant on the court. Mansfield grew up in Chico where she was a three-sport athlete at Pleasant Valley High School which is known for ...

NHL lockout continues as regular season approaches

State Hornet Staff

October 2, 2012


Filed under Sports

On Sept. 19, the possibility of the fast and furious sport of hockey swinging back into action again with the preseason was effectively dashed when the NHL canceled its entire preseason game schedule for the month. It’s the latest setback in the hockey world as the league goes through a work stoppage, the th...

Northern Arizona gives volleyball its second conference loss of the season

Northern Arizona gives volleyball its second conference loss of the season

Joe Davis

September 20, 2012


Filed under Sports

Tonight the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team dropped its second consecutive Big Sky conference match when it traveled to the Rolle Activity Center to take on Northern Arizona. The loss leaves the Hornets with a record of 1-2 in conference play with the other loss coming against Portland State l...