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Archive for May, 2011

Newnan Headed to UCLA

May 31st, 2011

After nine years as a Westmont Women’s Basketball assistant coach, Tony Newnan has announced that he will be moving on to serve as an assistant coach at UCLA under Cori Close. Close, who played and coached at UC Santa Barbara, was recently named the new head coach of the Bruins.

“The biggest thing that I am going to miss (about Westmont) is the sincere, quality relationships that I have with staff, players, fans and parents,” said Newnan. “It is hard to leave those kinds of quality people that Westmont attracts day in and day out. I have built great relationships over the years. Westmont got deep into my heart.”

“For the last nine years, Tony has been an integral part of the program’s success,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. He has been a constant through three coaching changes. He has brought value to the program through his knowledge of the game, his ability to develop players and in his relationships with the players. He has inspired our athletes to be the best people they can be and to mature as young women. He is going to be missed both by me and by the players. We are all better for the time that he gave to us.”

Trudelle, MacDonald Compete on Last Day of Nationals

May 28th, 2011

Senior Chrissa Trudelle finished in seventh place in the women’s marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday morning to earn two team points for the Westmont women’s track and field team. Trudelle completed the 26 mile 385 yard course in 3:05.42.

“I’m a little bummed that I missed out on All-American by one place,” said Trudelle. “I feel like I gave it everything I had and I am happy with the time. I feel like I was able to get out of myself all of the energy that I had. If I were to change anything it would be the start – I went out a little bit fast. There were a couple of miles early on that were faster than they should have been. I think I paid for that later. The first lap was significantly faster than the last.”

The course began on a street adjacent to the Indiana Wesleyan campus with a 12-mile loop through the town of Marion that the competitors ran twice. The last two miles were run on campus and in the neighboring community. The finish was next to the school’s track and field stadium.

Just under thirty-four minutes into the race, Trudelle passed the five mile mark in a pack of four runners. Collectively the pack was in fourth through seventh place.

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Thompkins Sets PRs in Decathlon, Finishes Eighth

May 27th, 2011

Junior Adam Thompkins concluded day two of the decathlon at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships with an eighth place finish, scoring a point for the Westmont men’s track and field team in the process. Thompkins recorded a personal best 6,306 points.

“I originally wanted to score about 6,500 points and earn All-American (by finishing sixth), but I felt like I competed to the best of my ability. I ended up with PRs in the 1500 (meters), the pole vault and the shot put and in my overall decathlon score as well.”

Thompkins finished eighth (of 16 competitors) with a time of 16.04 points in the first event of the day – the 110 meter hurdles. In the discus, Thompkins threw for 34.8 meters, placing fourth in the event.

The third event was the pole vault and the highlight of the day for Westmont’s decathlete. Thompkins made three heights above his previous best – all on his first attempt – culminating in a vault of 4.05 meters (13-3.5).

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Photos from NAIA Track and Field Nationals

May 27th, 2011

Kolodinski Wins National Championship

May 26th, 2011

Andrew Kolodinski had the longest throw this year coming into the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships and made his number one ranking hold up as he threw the javelin for 67.27 meters (220-8) to become the NAIA National Champion and an NAIA All-American.

The first day of the national championship, which are being held at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, was marked by a good bit of rain and wind. Fortunately, however, the threat of tornados during the previous night had passed and the opening day went on as scheduled.

Kolodinski competed in the first of two flights during a lull in the storm. His first throw of 63.46 meters proved to be the third longest throw of the day. After a second toss of just 52.90 meters, Kolodinski launched what proved to be the championship throw. No other contestant in the first flight broke 60 meters.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Cress Named to Academic All-America® Team

May 24th, 2011

Westmont’s Coby Cress of Waddell, Arizona has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America®; Baseball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Cress, who will return for his senior season next year, played outfield for the Warriors the last to years.

In 2011, Cress posted a .335 batting average and drove in 21 RBIs. The right-hander notched 18 multi-hit games while creating a .422 slugging percentage and a .401 on base percentage. Against Azusa Pacific, Cress drove a walk-off triple into centerfield in the thirteenth inning to secure a 5-4 win for the Warriors.

Cress transferred to Westmont after attending and playing baseball for Arizona State where he was on a full academic presidential scholarship. As a Warrior, Cress is a two-time GSAC Scholar-Athlete and NAIA Scholar-Athlete. A member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Cress is also a recipient of the Landmark Global Scholar Scholarship Award which is given out to a top student in economics and business. Cress has a cumulative GPA of 3.955.

Jeanson, Lima, Kolodinski Honored by SBART

May 23rd, 2011

Three Westmont athletes have been honored as Collegiate Athlete of the Year in their respective sports by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table at its annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Jake Jeanson was honored for men’s cross country, Carlos Lima received the recognition for men’s tennis and Andrew Kolodinski was recognized for men’s track and field.

Jeanson, a sophomore from Riverside, finished eighth at the Golden State Athletic Conference cross country championships in November and qualified for the NAIA National Champions. At nationals, Jeanson finished in sixty-fifth place.

“Jake Jeanson has made significant improvement as a runner in his first three semesters at Westmont,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “He has become more knowledgeable about training, he has learned to trust his coaches and he has learned the hard lesson that running fast requires quiet confidence and consistent concentration. He is reaching for his potential as a national caliber runner and showing himself to be capable of achieving that potential.”

Track and Field Headed to Nationals

May 21st, 2011
Adam Thompkins will compete for the Warriors in the decathlon

Fifteen Westmont athletes will compete in 13 events at the upcoming NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Marion, Indiana next week. The three-day championship event begins on Thursday, May 26.

Adam Thompkins will compete for the Warriors in the men’s decathlon beginning at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Thursday. Thompkins qualified for the decathlon by scoring 6,293 points at the Westmont Collegiate Classic. His score is the tenth best in the NAIA this year.

Andrew Kolodinski posted the top qualifying mark in the NAIA when he threw the javelin 70.18 meters (230-3) at the Westmont Collegiate Classic. Kolodinski will make his bid for a national championship beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Trials for the men’s 4 x 800 meter relay will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday with David Donner, Jacob Goodin, Matt Shiney and Eric Williams competing for the Warriors. Westmont earned an automatic qualification at the Westmont Warrior Qualifier when they set a stadium record of 7:43.17. Westmont’s qualification time was the fourth fastest time in the NAIA this year. The finals are scheduled for 6:20 p.m. on Friday.