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Archive for May, 2013

Brakken, Shellmire Added to Warrior Roster

May 30th, 2013

Westmont Women’s Basketball has announced the addition of two more signees to the 2013 recruiting class. Aimee Brakken of Issaquah, Washington and Aysia Shellmire of Burbank will join the Warriors this fall for the start of the 2013-14 season. Brakken and Shellmire complete a talented and deep freshmen class that also includes Cora Chan, Natalie Florescu, and Sydney Hedges.

Shellmire, a 6-1 forward from Burroughs High School, led her team to a Pacific League Championship in 2011 and 2013. In her senior year, she averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, 3.7 blocks and two steals per game. She was named to the All-Pacific League first team in 2011 and named the Pacific League Player of the Year in 2013. She was also honored as an All-CIF Southern Section Division I-A second team selection.

In the classroom, Shellmire earned scholar-athlete recognition from 2011-2013 and was an Optimist Club scholarship recipient in 2013. She also earned the 2013 Brian Hurst Award of academic and athletic achievement.

Stratman to Play for Westmont

May 29th, 2013

Lauren Stratman, a local high school tennis legend, has committed to attend Westmont College beginning this fall and play tennis for the Warriors. Stratman is a four-time Channel League Singles Champion who went undefeated in four years as a Charger at Dos Pueblos High School (135-0).

“Lauren has the potential to be one of the top players that Westmont Tennis has ever had,” said new Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal. “She has an excellent reputation not only as a tennis player, but spiritually and academically as well.

“Lauren has a great forehand,” continued McManigal. “She can move the ball around with her forehand and has a great ability to come forward.”

In 2010, Stratman won the United States Tennis Association National Open Girls 16’s single championship.

Westmont Claims GSAC All-Sports Award

May 29th, 2013

For the first time since the 1993-94 school year, Westmont Athletics has won the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sport Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. This marks the eighth time that Westmont has claimed the award.

Schools in the conference earn points based on the final regular season standings in each of the sports. Westmont’s score of 7.21 points edged out Concordia who scored 7.08 points. Vanguard scored 6.65 points to take third while The Master’s finished fourth with 6.30 points. Biola’s 5.88 points earned fifth place with Hope International (5.00 points), San Diego Christian (4.56 points) and Arizona Christian (4.31 points) rounding out the scoring.

“The institution has made a commitment to seeing athletics as an outward representation of what goes on here on campus every day – the excellence that occurs in the classroom with faculty and staff here at Westmont,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The nature of sports is that we are more visible than other departments and so we become ambassadors of that excellence.”

Hodges and 4 x 400 Team are All-Americans

May 25th, 2013

Sophomore Elysia Hodges finished as national runner-up in the women’s 400 meters on the last day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Marion, Indiana. Hodges ran a time of 53.77, beating her own team record by 0.96 second.

“Other than the two winning marathons, that would probably be the premiere performance we have ever had,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley referring to the back-to-back national championships by Jessica Goulder and Anna Stumbo in 2006 and 2007. “Elysia is one of the best athletes we have and has been training steadily. You could see in her training that this was possible. For her to do this in her third race at nationals with one to go shows her determination and focus. Coach John Larralde timed her training well so that she could peak and have her best performance here at the national championship.”

“I was really nervous,” acknowledged Hodges. “Once the gun went off the girl outside of me went out really hard. I had a flash back to last year in the hurdles when the girl in lane two had gone out fast too. I didn’t want to freak myself out, so I just held it. On the curve, I could hear lane five catching up with me so I decided to go with her. Coming around the curve, I did a quick glance and I saw Theresa in the stands waving me on. So, I just ran my heart out. When I finished and looked at the time I honestly couldn’t believe it.

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Men’s 4 x 800 Earns All-American Honors

May 24th, 2013

The second day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships saw Westmont Track and Field rebound from a disappointed opening day. The Warrior performances were highlighted by the men’s 4 x 800 relay race in which senior Isaac Thompkins, junior David Donner, junior Evan Bradford and freshman Nathan Evans earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish. The Warriors posted a time of 7:42.79, more than three and one-half seconds faster than yesterday’s qualifying time.

“Each of them ran faster than they did the day before,” noted Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “They all ran as well as they could today. With Matt Shiney not being able to run, they had to step up and they did. It was very gratifying for them to get the reward they have often wanted.”

“It feels like a dream come true,” said Thompkins. “For a long time, I thought I wouldn’t get (All-American), because I had three hamstring injuries throughout the season. It has been a blessing to be out here with these guides. I could not have comeback without my team. There were the low points, but they were always encouraging me and pushing me and being there for me.”

Sophomore Elysia Hodges turned in the second fastest time in Westmont history to win the first heat of the women’s 400 meter trials. Hodges, who posted a time of 54.97, will compete in Saturday’s finals at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

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Men’s 4 x 800 Advances to Finals

May 23rd, 2013

The Westmont men’s 4 x 800 meter team of senior Isaac Thompkins, junior David Donner, junior Evan Bradford and freshman Nathan Evans placed second in the first heat of the trials to earn a spot in tomorrow’s finals. The team posted a time of 7:46.36

“The men did a nice job,” said head coach Russell Smelley about the relay team. “They competed in all four legs and did really well. Isaac’s 1:55.9 lead-off leg put us right in there. David responded to the competition by staying up and keeping moving. Evan came back from a bitter disappointment in the 1500 to redeem it with a solid 800. Nate Evans just loves to race and got the team into second.

“Matt Shiney, a senior who has run a 1:52 800 meters, has some health issues,” reported Smelley. “He wanted to be on the relay but made the decision that he knew he wasn’t okay today. He withdrew himself, which is noble. He gave the guys their opportunity and they took it.”

The greatest drama of the day came in the trials of the women’s 200 meters. Running in the first of three heats, senior Amanda Chevalier finished fourth with a time of 24.99, the eighth fastest time in Westmont history. However, only the top two finishers from each heat, plus the next three fastest times would advance to the finals.

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Warriors Ready for Track and Field Championships

May 22nd, 2013

The 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will get underway on Thursday with 23 Westmont athletes competing in 15 events. Sophomore Kyle Kemper will be the first Warrior to compete, starting things off with the decathlon. Kemper qualified by recording a top-16 score (5,758 points) in the final week of the season.

Also beginning competition on Thursday morning will be freshman Kristan Holding in the Heptathlon. Holding enters with the competition with the eleventh best score (4,217 points) in the NAIA. Both combined events will conclude on Friday.

On Thursday afternoon and evening, the Warriors will compete in seven events. The trials for the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay will feature sophomore Elysia Hodges, senior Laurel Stormans, freshman Kailyn Koopmans and senior Amanda Chevalier. Westmont posted the thirteenth fastest qualifying time in the event with a school record 47.88. The finals will be run on Saturday afternoon.

Just over an hour later, junior Evan Bradford will run in the 1500 meter trials. Bradford posted an automatic qualifying time of 3:53.06 at the Westmont Collegiate Classic to qualify for the event. The finals are schedule for 3:10 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

[men’s schedule and results] [women’s schedule and results]

Heading home and other fun facts

May 22nd, 2013

Uganda is a beautiful land full of beautiful people who are in the middle of restoring communities. We have been able to see this taking place in Kampala (in Nairobi as well) and especially in Gulu. 3 years ago when we worked on the farm the Chapel was still a pile of bricks knee high. Yesterday (Sunday) we sat in the completed Chapel of the New Foundations Church on the farm with a packed house and a lot of singing and dancing. Roxanne and Jenny led worship and had the entire congregation yelling/singing. Jeremiah followed with a sermon on Nehemiah, the rebuilding of the wall and the community and how the story of Gulu parallels that story in many ways. Christine Adams and Alison Glasco shared parts of their story with the congregation and I couldn’t have been more proud of their willingness to encourage the church body in this way.

Following church we went to a local village SOI is strongly connected to: Lajwatek. We worked in this village on our last trip in 2010. At that time the people responsible for the work being done in the village were women. There were no men, at least none that were sober. Three years later the village is thriving with a day care, men who serve in leadership and strong women still leading the way. It was both a wonderful experience for us and necessary for them to see us back, to grow the relationship, to see the progress.