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Archive for May, 2008

Cherry Finishes Second in Marathon

May 24th, 2008

Senior Robbie Cherry earned All-American honors on the final day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Edwardsville, Illinois by taking second place in the men’s marathon. His time of 2:29:41 is the fourth fastest in Westmont history and serves as a crowning achievement of Cherry’s collegiate career.

“After (participating) in eleven national championships, I finally walk away with some hardware,” said Cherry after the race.

“That was a nice reward for a dedicated athlete and team member,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley, “someone who has done everything for the team. It’s his eleventh national championship event as a developmental guy that was always in a support role. He makes the valiant effort and ends up an All-American.”

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Wong Earns All-American Honors at Nationals

May 23rd, 2008

Freshman Megan Wong passed two competitors in the final two laps to claim All-American honors in the women’s 3,000 meter race walk at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Edwardsville, Illinois. Wong, who finished sixth, completed the race in 15:50.13, more than 50 seconds better than her previous top time.

“Megan had an amazing time,” said Westmont assistant coach Joe Mendelson. “She trained well this past week. I didn’t like her form the first few laps but she is a competitor. I had a couple of things to say to her during the race and last two laps were fantastic, especially that last 100 (meters).”

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Milotta Advances to Semifinals on First Day of Nationals

May 22nd, 2008

Rain all morning and into the afternoon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Edwardsville, Illinois, proved to set the tone for a disappointing first day for the Westmont Warriors at the three-day event.

“We have a lot of unhappy people today,” said head coach Russell Smelley. “Hopefully we can feed them and make them feel better.”

A break in the showers came just in time for Lorin Milotta’s race in the women’s 100 meter hurdle prelims which turned out to be the bright spot in the Warriors’ day. Milotta qualified for tomorrow’s semifinals by posting a time of 14.95. The top four finishers from each of the three heats advanced to the next round plus the next best four times. Milotta finished fifth in the second heat but had the best time of the fifth place runners from each heat. The semifinals are scheduled for 1:20 p.m. (CDT) with the finals following at 4:50 p.m.

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Fourteen Warriors to Compete at Track & Field Nationals

May 21st, 2008

Eight men and six women will represent Westmont at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships beginning on Thursday at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Sophomore Kasey Kearin will compete in the long jump on Thursday evening and the triple jump on Friday evening. Kearin’s mark of 5.80 meters (19 feet 0.5 inch) in the long jump is third best among the event’s entrants which gives her a good chance at earning All-American honors – recognition given to the top six finishers in each event. Her season best in the triple jump is 11.49 meters (37 feet 8.5 inches).

Season Ends in Second Round of Nationals for Women’s Tennis

May 13th, 2008

When the NAIA released its women’s tennis preseason poll on February 6, the Warriors of Westmont could not be found on the list. Today, a remarkable season for #12 Westmont (11-11), which saw freshman starting in the top three singles positions, came to an end in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament as they lost 5-1 to #3 Azusa Pacific (17-5).

“Every person’s match was considerably improved over when we played Azusa Pacific back in February,” said head coach Kathy LeSage. “I’m proud that we were able to show who we are now. We have shown improvement in every match this year. You can’t play scared when you are playing the number three team and I’m proud that we didn’t play scared today.”


Weary Warriors Win in Round One

May 12th, 2008

Despite weariness from extended travel delays, #12 Westmont Women’s Tennis (11-10) picked up a 6-3 win over #25 Mobile (12-6) in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Alabama. The Warriors will advance to second round action on tomorrow, taking on a familiar foe in #3 Azusa Pacific at 9:00 a.m.

The team’s travel plans to the national tournament were interrupted when their Friday morning flight from Orange County to Mobile was delayed by one hour. Since that meant they would miss their connection in Houston, American Airlines re-routed the team to Los Angeles International to catch a 12:30 a.m. flight on Delta Airlines. But when they tried to board, the Delta gate agent would not allow the team on the airplane with their American Airlines tickets.

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Women’s Tennis to Take on the Host at Nationals

May 8th, 2008

The #25 ranked Rams of the University of Mobile will feel right at home when they take on #12 Westmont Women’s Tennis in the first round of the NAIA National Championship on May 12. The Warriors drew the tournament’s host institution which boasts a 12-5 record on the season.

“They have a little advantage in that they are probably training on a daily basis at the facility where we are going to be playing,” said Westmont Head Coach Kathy LeSage, “and they are used to the hot and muggy weather conditions.”

With a conference record of 4-3, Mobile finished third in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference behind #13 Xavier of Louisiana (16-7, 8-0 GCAC) and unranked Spring Hill of Alabama (9-5, 5-3 GCAC). At the Region XIII tournament, Mobile lost 5-1 to Xavier in the quarterfinals. The Ram’s loss was a reversal of the conference tournament in which Mobile claimed the championship with a 5-4 win over Xavier.

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Women’s Tennis Headed to Nationals

May 1st, 2008

For the eighteenth time in the 22 years under the leadership of head coach Kathy LeSage, Westmont women’s tennis has qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. The Warriors will receive an at-large invitation as the result of a number twelve ranking in the final national poll for the 2008 season.

“To accomplish our season goal of going to nationals is very exciting,” said LeSage. “It feels like it has been a while since we have been there, even though it was just two years ago. The fact that we weren’t on the bubble in the last part of the season helped us to gain confidence and feel like we earned it.”

Thirteen teams earn automatic qualification to the 24-team national tournament through regional competition and one berth will be awarded to #25 University of Mobile as the host school. That leaves ten at-large bids which are awarded to the ten highest ranked teams in the final national poll which did not earn an automatic qualification.