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Archive for May, 2014

Warriors Harvest Three More All-American Titles

May 24th, 2014
Elysia Hodges

On the final day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Westmont picked up All-American titles in three more events.

A day after finishing fourth in the heptathlon, Becky Collier finished second in the high jump to claim the title not only of All-American, but also of national runner-up. Nine of the high jumpers cleared 1.68 meters (5-6) but only Collier and eventual winner Akela Jones were able to leave the bar undisturbed at the next height of 1.71 meters (5-7.25).

“I was a little bit sore,” said Collier regarding her physical condition after two days of competing in the heptathlon, “but I was also excited. The high jump is my favorite event.

“I tried to maintain the same mindset I had in the heptathlon. I was surprised that 1.71 got second. I thought it would be a lot higher. My left leg is a little sore, so I think I didn’t have some spring. But, I also think my approach was a little off for my last jumps. However, I was happy with what I did.”

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Collier Earns All-American in the Heptathlon

May 23rd, 2014
Benjamin McCollum

Competing in her first NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship, freshman Becky Collier captured All-American honors by taking fourth place in the women’s heptathlon. This is her third All-American recognition, having captured the same honors in the pentathlon and high jump at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships last March.

“I came in with a different mindset from indoor (nationals),” said Collier. “I was really nervous for indoor, really tense. I came here excited and relaxed and ready to go out and have fun. I do the best when I am having fun and maintaining joy. I had a bad hurdle race, but I was able to put that to the side. The high jump gave me a lot of confidence going into the other events. I was able to carry momentum from there.”

Yesterday, Collier won the heptathlon high jump, clearing 1.77 meters (5-9.75).

“I knew that if I got nervous or tense I would have messed up, so I tried to stay relaxed,” said Collier of the high jump event. “It was helpful that Coach (Josh) Priester was really confident. He said, ‘Becky, you look the best you ever have. I know you can make this height.’ That helped me be confident and see what I could do.”

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Multi-Event Athletes Headline Day One of Nationals

May 22nd, 2014
Becky Collier

Competing in the heat and humidity of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Westmont Track and Field athletes have completed the first day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.

After four events, Westmont freshman Becky Collier is currently in fourth place in the women’s heptathlon with 2,986 points. Collier finished seventh in all four of today’s events except for the high jump, which she won. Her mark of 1.77 meters (5-9.75) in the high jump was 0.06 meters and 74 points better than second place finisher Brittany Greene of Cornerstone (Mich.). Greene leads the overall competition after the first day with 3,289 points.

Kristan Holding is in 11th place after the first day with 2,610 points. Holding’s best mark was also in the high jump where she finished ninth with a mark of 1.56 meters (5-1.25). Holding finished 10th in the 200 meters, 11th in the 100 meter hurdles and 12th in the shot put.

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Moore to Coach with USA Basketball

May 22nd, 2014
John Moore

USA Basketball has announced that Westmont Basketball head coach John Moore has been named one of three court coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 Team training camp. The other two court coaches are Danny Manning of Wake Forest (N.C.) and Steve Schmidt of Mott Community College (Mich.).

The training camp will take place June 10-19 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“As a coach, there are few greater honors than those in which you get to work with other coaches as you represent your country,” Moore said. “What a privilege it is to work with USA Basketball ensuring the ongoing teaching of this great game of basketball to our athletes.

“I hope during this time to stir in these young men an added passion and appreciation for this beautiful game,” Moore continued. “In a practical sense, I hope to put each player in the best possible position for him to be successful.

Track and Field Ready for Nationals

May 21st, 2014
Outdoor Track & Field

Westmont will be represented by 19 athletes competing in 10 events this week at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The championship begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Three athletes will compete in multi-events beginning on Thursday. Becky Collier and Kristan Holding will both compete in the pentathlon. Collier’s mark of 4,824 points set at the Sam Adams Multi-Event Invitational is the second best mark in the NAIA this year. Holding set the NAIA’s 14th best mark at the same event with 4,338 points. Both athletes earned All-American honors in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March.

Ben McCollum will compete in the decathlon which also begins on Thursday. He posted the 11th best mark in the NAIA this season, tallying 6,110 points at the Claremont Classic.

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Men’s Tennis Suffers Upset

May 15th, 2014

Westmont (14-7), the seventh ranked team in the NAIA, was upset 5-3 in the second round of the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championships on Thursday morning by #10 Bethany of Kansas (21-2).

“It was definitely the most upsetting national tournament loss that I have been a part of,” acknowledge Westmont head coach Mark Basham. “It is really the first time I felt that we have been upset by a team we should have beaten.”

The matched started well for the Warriors. Tim Goranson and John Bertram won at number two doubles 8-1, defeating Michiel Van Den Bogart and Amir Rahbar. On the number one court, Rodrigo Schaefer and Josh Barnard led Manuel Raga and Edgardo Tapia 7-4 while at number three, Nick Szyndlar and Travis Kimsey held the same lead over Mensford Owusu and Aaron Moses.

However, Bethany forced both the number one and three doubles matches to tiebreakers and prevailed in both.

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Women’s Tennis Falls in Second Round

May 14th, 2014
Haley Strandness

Eleventh ranked Westmont had its season come to an end on Tuesday in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship. The Warriors lost 5-1 to #7 Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga).

“I was proud of how all of them competed,” said Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal. “We’ve talked about how when we come together as a team we can compete better. Overall, that is what they did well.”

After doubles play, the Warriors trailed 2-1. At number one doubles, Westmont’s Lauren Stratman and Kate Stratman fell to Theresa Schmaus and Maja Plavsic 8-3. On the number two court, Jessica Cedillo and Haley Strandness suffered an 8-1 loss to Maria Barragan and Daniella Arcila. At number three, Grace Davis and Emily Keach rallied from a 0-2 deficit to defeated India Hart and Carolina Viteri 8-6 and claim a point for the Warriors.

“Emily’s leadership definitely showed in the doubles match,” noted McManigal.

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Baseball’s Season Comes to an End

May 13th, 2014

Westmont Baseball entered today needing to survive two elimination games to advance in the Lawrenceville, Georgia bracket of the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament. The Warriors staved off elimination in the morning game by defeating William Woods (Mo.) 6-5 in 12 innings. However, the Warriors fell just short in the night game, losing 9-8 to host Georgia Gwinnett.

The Warrior end their season with a program best record of 39-19 and the program’s first appearance and first win in National Tournament play.

Russell Harmening (12-3) started the first game for the Warriors and pitched seven and two-third innings. Harmening gave up five runs on 11 hits, struck out four and did not allow a walk. This was Harmening’s only start this season in which he did not record a decision.

Sam Sheehan (1-1) pitched the final four and one-third scoreless innings and picked up the win. Sheehan allowed four hits and struck out two.

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