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Coby Cress Named Academic All-American®

May 29th, 2012

Westmont’s Coby Cress has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Baseball Team. Cress, who hails from Waddell, Arizona, was named to this year’s first team after receiving the same honor last year as a member of the third team.

Sponsored by Capital One Financial Corporation, the competitive award is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The prestigious award is given to only 33 college division recipients each year. Since its inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student athletes in the NAIA and NCAA championship sports.

Cress hit .368 for the Warriors in 2012, driving in 39 RBIs while powering out seven home runs. As a senior captain, Cress helped lead the Warriors to a 24-27-1 record and their first postseason appearance in 15 years. Westmont went 2-2 in the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs reaching the ninth game in the double-elimination tournament.

Warriors Claim Four More All-American Titles

May 26th, 2012

On the final day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships, Westmont added four more All-American titles to bring its total to seven over the three-day event. Head coach Russell Smelley was pleased with the performances of his 15 student athletes.

“We haven’t had this many people compete in finals in so many different events since the 1970s,” said Smelley to the team and a post-meat meal. “The last two years we have done something we have not done in a long time – we have brought a team, not just individuals, to compete at nationals.”

Smelley thanked his seniors for helping to bring about that milestone in the program’s development.

Over the three days of the championship, Westmont had athletes compete in the finals of 12 events and score in seven of them.

“They are committed athletes, they are getting good training and they expect to do well,” said Smelley of his team. “They didn’t come here just to get here, they came here to compete.”

The competition started early on Saturday morning with Caitlyn Corrao competing in the marathon. She finished sixteenth with a time of 3:17.36.

“I finished in the top half,” said an excited Corrao. “I wanted to run a little faster, but as I went through the race, I was happy with just finishing. I think it was good for never running a marathon before. I know I slowed down in the middle, but somehow – I don’t know how – the last 5K I managed to pick it up.”

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Thompkins an NAIA All-American Decathlete

May 25th, 2012

Adam Thompkins had an up-and-down second day in the decathlon at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. But when it was all said and done, he stepped up on the awards podium as the fifth place finisher and an NAIA All-American. Thompkins tallied 6,573 points.

“Today was a little rough,” said Thompkins after the race. “The weather was a little bit warmer and I didn’t do as well as I wanted in the throws. But I bounced back with a big vault. I left it all on the track. I literally have nothing left to give right now.”

The day started with a seventh place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, earning Thompkins 801 points. At the end of the hurdles, Thompkins was in third place. Then came the discus, with which Thompkins struggled. His one successful throw was for just 24.50 meters (80-4) and resulted in just 357 points.

Next up was the pole vault.

“It was exhausting just waiting for the pole vault,” said Thompkins whose decision to enter at 4.05 meters meant he would need to wait through other competitors who entered at lower heights. “I was a little worried going into it, but it was good clearing the first vault by a lot.”

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Frantom and Hempy Notch All-American Honors

May 24th, 2012

Taylor Frantom and Kristen Hempy earned NAIA All-American honors on the first day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Marion, Indiana. Frantom finished sixth in the women’s pole vault with a personal best of 3.55 meters (11-7.75). Hempy finished sixth in the javelin with a personal record of 42.88 (140-8).

Hempy’s mark is the third best in the Warrior record books and moves her into second place among Westmont’s top performers.

“It was so great to have the 42.88 PR,” said Hempy. “When I was here two years ago for the open javelin, it did not go well. I had a dud first throw and then I had a good one but fouled. Then on my last throw, I got all nervous and tense. I was pretty upset.

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Warriors Ready for National Championships

May 23rd, 2012

Fifteen members of the Westmont Track and Field teams are ready to compete beginning on Thursday in the 61st NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Marion, Indiana. On Wednesday evening, the team enjoyed a tradition which has developed over the last three years, eating ice cream at Ivanhoe’s Drive-In, in nearby Upland. While there, coaches and athletes shared their thoughts about the upcoming competition.

“Everybody seems relaxed,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley about his team. “The goal is to take away uncertainty and also take the tension down by not making the focus what they know they are going to do. We have had a lot of fun activities and have left them to themselves a lot. We have given them freedom to choose their eating and just to hang out. That seems to have them in a relaxed state of mine.”

The trip to Ivanhoe’s is part of the tension reducing strategy.

“Ice cream always makes things better,” said the coach who has led the Warrior track and field team for 32 years.

On Saturday morning, senior Caitlyn Corrao will be compete in the marathon, beginning at 6:00 a.m. (EDT).

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Cox, Goranson, Schaefer Named All-Americans

May 21st, 2012

Half of Westmont’s starters have been named 2012 NAIA Men’s Tennis All-Americans. Senior Bryan Cox of Alamo, California was named to the first team. Tim Goranson of Falkenberg, Sweden and Rodrigo Schaefer of Florianopolis, Brazil were placed on the second team.

It marks the first time in Warrior history that three men’s tennis players have received All-American honors.

Playing at number one singles, Cox posted a record of 11-10. Goranson’s single record was 13-8, playing mostly and number two and three. Schaefer had a record of 14-7, also playing at number two and three.

Schaefer and Cox teamed up at number one doubles and posted a record of 11-9. Schaefer added another win partnered with Gerrit Dickey. Goranson posted a 13-7 record at number two doubles, playing every game except one with John Bertram.

Track and Field to Compete at Nationals

May 18th, 2012

Fifteen Warriors will compete in 16 events at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships next week in Marion, Indiana. The meet is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 24 and run the following Saturday.

Competing in the 1,500 meters will be senior Kate Stuart. Stuart’s qualifying time of 4:31.21 at the Mount SAC relays last month was the fourth fastest time in the NAIA this season. Stuart has competed in five previous national championship events – four in track and field (two outdoor and two indoor) and one in cross country. This past fall, Stuart earned All-American honors with a fourteenth place finish at the NAIA Cross Country Championships.

Freshman Elysia Hodges will make her outdoor championship debut by competing in the 400 meter hurdles. Hodges’ qualifying time of 59.65 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational is the second fastest in the NAIA. In March, Hodges earned All-American honors in the 400 meters with a seventh place finish, completed the one lap race in 55.60.

Also competing in the 400 meter hurdles will be junior Laurel Stormans who qualified for the event with a time of 1:03.94 at the GSAC Championships. Stormans is making her second national championship trip, having competed last year at the outdoor championship in the 400 meter hurdle trials.

Warriors Fall in Quarterfinals

May 17th, 2012

Westmont Men’s Tennis lost a 5-0 match to top-seeded Fresno Pacific on Thursday at the NAIA Men’s Tennis Championship in Mobile, Alabama. This marks the third year in a row the Warriors have reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament.

The Warriors were swept in doubles action; giving Fresno a 3-0 lead going into singles.

“I was hoping that we would win one or two of the doubles, and if we really were lucky, all three,” said Westmont head coach Mark Basham. “I felt like we got taken out of it early at one and three doubles. Emotionally, we weren’t able to rally at those positions. At number two doubles, I thought our emotions got the best of us. They were in the lead, but they got down on themselves and it turned into a runaway train.”

At number one, Fresno Pacific’s Xavier Smith and Cled Carvalho defeated Bryan Cox and Rodrigo Schaefer 8-2. On the number two court, Kirill Sinitsyn and Nathan Martinet defeated Tim Goranson and John Bertram 9-7. Amarit Sanchez and Lloyd Bruce-Burgess won on number three doubles, by a score of 8-2, defeating Lukas Zielen and Joshua Barnard.

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