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Records Fall at Westmont Collegiate Classic

March 29th, 2014
Evan Bradford

Two stadium records fell on Saturday at the Westmont Collegiate Classic Track and Field Meet. Westmont’s Elysia Hodges broke her own stadium record in winning the women’s 400 meter hurdles in a time of 59.68. Hodges’ time was 0.26 seconds faster than the previous stadium she set one year ago (March 30, 2013). Hodges easily beat the NAIA automatically qualifying time of 64.00.

Surpassing a stadium record that had stood for 33 years was Antoinette Nana Djimou of the French National Team. Two dozen combined events athletes from the national team of France are training for two and one-half weeks at Westmont. Nana Djimou put the shot 14.45 meters (47-5), which was 0.04 meters farther than Cal State Bakersfield’s Sharen Hamilton threw in 1981.

Nana Djimou was the gold medalist in the heptathlon in the 2012 European Championships and in the indoor pentathlon in the 2011 and 2013 European Indoor Championships.

Westmont’s Becky Collier earned a NAIA National Championship automatic qualifying mark of 1.70 in the high jump. She took second in the event to Sarah Hill of Fresno Pacific who jumped 1.75 meters.

Same Venue, Different Story

March 29th, 2014

(COSTA MESA, Calif.) Three days after a heart-breaking 5-4 defeat to the Golden State Athletic Conference’s top team, the Lions of ninth-ranked Vanguard (10-7, 7-0 GSAC), #11 Westmont Women’s Tennis (7-10, 5-2) once again traveled south to take the court at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

Pursuing their first victory since March 20, the Warriors much desired a positive result. Although revenge was left unserved versus the Lions Saturday, this day would be different.

Tuesday’s competition against the #13 Eagles of Concordia (6-8, 5-3) proved to be just what Kendyll McManigal’s women were in search of. When all matches were accounted for, the Warriors had blazed past the Eagles 8-1, exceeding their 6-3 victory against CIU at home on February 15.

“We absolutely attained a huge bounce-back win today,” described McManigal. “All of our challenging matches have prepared us to succeed in conference, and that preparation really paid dividends today. We played much better against Concordia today than we did when we faced off in February.”

Sampson, Lee Named All-Americans

March 26th, 2014
Esther Lee and Kelsie Sampson

Westmont’s Kelsie Sampson and Esther Lee have been honored as NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-American’s. Sampson was one of 10 individuals named to the first team while Lee was named to the second team. Westmont is one of only four institutions to have two athletes selected for the NAIA All-America teams.

“It is a big honor for both of them to be selected as NAIA All-Americans,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Not only does it show that they have produced and competed at a high level, but it shows that our program has established itself in the top echelon of the NAIA. People are seeing what our players are capable of doing. Individuals get honored when teams have success.

“Kelsie and Esther led us in what we were able to do on the court. They gave us and inside-out threat that gave us balance. Kelsie established herself as a post player that couldn’t be guarded one-on-one. That opened up perimeter opportunities for her teammates.”

Pollex Named GSAC Player of the Week

March 26th, 2014
Steven Pollex

Westmont’s Steven Pollex of Henderson, Nevada has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week. Pollex helped the Warriors win all four games last week by hitting .500 (7 of 14) and producing a 1.214 slugging percentage.

Of Pollex’ seven hits, six were extra bases – two home runs and four doubles. He also walked three times, stole two bases, drove in four RBIs and scored six runs.

The sophomore left fielder has started all 32 games for the Warriors (20-12) and has produced a season batting average of .354. He has tallied six home runs, two triples and 11 doubles among his 40 hits and leads the team with both 25 RBIs and 23 runs scored. He also has a team high 17 walks.

The Warriors will take a six-game winning streak into this weekend’s three-game series with Vanguard in Costa Mesa. Westmont, which received votes in this week’s NAIA National Coaches Poll, is battling to earn a place in the GSAC Tournament which will be held May 1-3.

Lady Warriors Halted by Vanguard at Twilight

March 25th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Following a Westmont Men’s Tennis match that lasted for 5 hours and 17 minutes, two undefeated Golden State Athletic Conference squads, the #12 Warriors and ninth-ranked Vanguard, clashed at the Lynn Abbott Tennis Courts in Santa Barbara for a vital league match-up.

However, it was the Lions (7-7, 5-0 GSAC) who remained unbeaten Monday afternoon, winning 5-3 and breaking the two-way tie at the top of the standings as the Warriors (6-8, 4-1) wavered in singles play after acquiring a 2-1 advantage upon the completion of doubles competition.

Leading off the day, third-ranked Lauren and Kate Stratman served up another doubles victory, striking down Vanguard’s seventh-ranked pair on the number one court. The Stratman sisters now sit at 7-5 on the season.

In upset fashion, sophomores Jessica Cedillo and Haley Strandness procured a win over the Lions’ number two team, ranked #12 in the nation, at number two doubles.

Men’s Tennis Toppled by Vanguard in Marathon Match

March 24th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis conjured a contest for the ages this afternoon, as fifth-ranked Westmont (8-4, 4-1 GSAC) and fourth-ranked Vanguard dueled it out in Santa Barbara.

The two teams combined to provide a competition of epic proportions that rivaled even the most thrilling sporting tales of ancient Greece. Lasting 5 hours and 17 minutes, the marathon match even supplied a cathartic, tragic ending, as the Warriors fell 5-4 to the Lions at the culmination of doubles play.

Vanguard vigorously mounted a 2-0 advantage in singles, winning assertively in the number five and six slots. Neverthless, Westmont’s (#35)* John Bertram cut the Warriors’ deficit to one with a decisive victory of his own at court three.

Westmont would go on to lose at number one and number four, creating a 4-1 hole for Mark Basham’s squad. Then, the waiting game began.

Baseball Sweeps Biola

March 22nd, 2014
Joey Gonzales

Starter Russell Harmening gave the Warriors eight scoreless innings while allowing just one hit, as Westmont Baseball (20-12, 11-11 GSAC) won the opening game of a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader against Biola (9-28, 5-19) on Saturday by a score of 9-0.

The Warriors also took the second game 3-1, completing a three-game sweep against Biola. Hunter Christianson picked up his second win of the weekend after facing two batters in the sixth inning. Michael Rishwain earned his second save of year.

Of the 25 batters Harmening faced in game one, nine were retired by strikeouts and none were walked. The only Eagle base runners under Harmening’s watch were in the fourth inning. Luke Klocek reached on an error to lead off the fourth, then reached second when Boone Farrington singled through the right side. Harmening got David McNeill to ground into a double play that advanced Klocek to third. He then struck out Michael Annunziata to end the Eagle threat. With the win, Harmening improved to 7-2.

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Extra Drama in Warrior Win

March 21st, 2014
Brent Fukushima

David Gabel’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth drove in Chris Stroh from third to provided a much needed sigh of relief in Westmont Baseball’s (18-12, 9-11 GSAC) 7-6 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Biola (9-26, 5-17).

The Warriors held a 6-1 lead going into the ninth inning, but Biola tallied five runs in the top half of the final frame to erase the Warrior advantage. The final Eagle run came on a bases-loaded walk, tying the game for the first time since it was 0-0.

Torin Shaikh started the game for the Warriors and allowed just one unearned run on three hits in the first seven innings. However, Biola’s half of the ninth snatched away Shaikh’s chance at recording his fifth win of the season.

Westmont posted its first two runs in the fourth inning when Brent Fukushima ripped a two-RBI double down the left field line. Fukushima’s two-bagger drove in Alex Bush, who earlier reached on a single, and Will Barring, who was walked.

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