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Warriors to Host Sixth Annual Westmonster 5K

June 29th, 2015
Westmonster 5K

An evening run through the beautiful campus of Westmont College and dinner awaits participants in the Sixth Annual Westmonster 5K on Friday, July 17.

The 5K race, which is open to everyone, begins at 6:15 next to the Westmont Track. Race day registration begins at 5:00 p.m. but participants are encouraged to register online by July 14 at

The race, which is open to everyone, is part of the 2015 Santa Barbara Athletic Association Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix series. Proceeds benefit Westmont Athletics.

An early registration fee of $35 is available through June 30, after which the registration fee increases to $40. Children up to 14 years of age can participate in the 5K race for $20. The cost for Westmont College students and high school students is $25. In addition to dinner, participants will receive a t-shirt.

Barring Signed by Mets

June 23rd, 2015
Will Barring

Westmont outfielder Will Barring of Tustin has signed a free agent contract with the New York Mets and has seen his first action as a minor league ball player. Barring has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League Mets, a rookie league team that plays in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

“I am thrilled to see Will get this opportunity with the Mets organization,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “They chose someone that will add value every minute he is able to be a part of their organization. He is a leader with relentless work ethic. I couldn’t be happier for him. I know he will represent Westmont College and Westmont Baseball very well in his professional career.”

Barring debuted today in a game against the Gulf Coast League Marlins. In the top of the eighth, with two away, Barring pinch ran for Victor Moscote, taking over at first base. Unfortunately, the next batter grounded out to first, ending Barring’s first day as a member of the Met’s organization.

In four years at Westmont, Barring recorded a career batting average of .335, tallied 192 hits including 12 home runs and collected 113 RBIs. The centerfielder was a two-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection (2013, 2015) and was tabbed for NAIA All-American honorable mention honors this past season.

Collins Receives Academic All-America Honors

June 22nd, 2015
Kelly Collins

In her first year of eligibility, Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill has been named a member of the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team.

Collins, an English major and philosophy minor who will begin her junior year in the fall, holds a 4.0 GPA. As a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (for interdisciplinary studies), Collins is the recipient of the Sophomore Scholarship Award for having the highest GPA among Westmont sophomores. She is also a member of Phi Sigma Tau (National Philosophy Honor Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society).

As an athlete, Collins earned All-American honors last November with a 21st place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas. Collins finished the 5,000 meter course in a time of 18:28. Collins also qualified for the 5,000 meters race at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio where she finished 16th and the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama where she finished 13th.

Women’s Tennis Signee

June 15th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont women’s tennis team has officially signed San Diego native Isabel Lee to their 2015-16 roster. The senior is finishing up a very impressive career at Scripps Ranch High School. Her accomplishments include being a finalist for the Western League tournament three of her four years, earning the 2014 Margaret Weckerly Sportsmanship Award and being named to the 2013 All CIF Women’s Team.

“I first heard of Isabel from a family friend who was adamant that I had to get her and they were right,” explained head coach Kendyll McManigal. “She is exactly what we want on and off the court. She is very athletic, plays a solid game, works hard and loves the game of tennis. She has played in many tournaments and knows how to compete at a high level.”

Three Warriors Drafted by MLB Teams

June 10th, 2015
Top Row: Russell Harmening, Andrew Vasquez. Bottom Row: Hector Lujan

Three Warrior pitchers – Russell Harmening, Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan -were selected in the 2015 First-Year Player’s Draft which concluded today. In all, 40 players from the NAIA were drafted this year, led by Westmont, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Missouri Baptist and Oklahoma Baptist which had three each.

“I am very excited for each of the three players in our program that were selected in this year’s draft,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “Each of these individuals possess a unique skillset that should serve them well in their pursuit of a professional career. I am thankful that the organizations who selected them saw their potential and am confident that they will represent our program and college well in their professional careers.”

In addition, Westmont incoming freshman Taylor Bush – brother of Alex Bush – was selected in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals. Bush has committed to Westmont and is not expected to sign with the major league club.

Harmening, who has one more year of eligibility with the Warriors, was taken in the 26th round by the Nationals. The Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year posted an ERA of 1.59 last season while producing a record of 10-3. In 16 appearances, Harmening struck out 95 and walked just 17 batters. Harmening is the Westmont record holder in career wins with 28.

Westmont Takes 11th in Directors’ Cup

June 10th, 2015

For the sixth year in a row, Westmont Athletics has finished in the top 20 in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup which is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The 11th place finish in the final 2015 standings is the fourth highest in program history. In both 1999 and 2002, the Warriors finished in seventh place. In 1996, the inaugural year of the Directors’ Cup Award, Westmont placed 10th.

The Directors’ Cup seeks to recognize athletic programs which perform well over a variety of sports. Points are awarded based on the best finishes at the national championships by an institution’s teams. A limit of six men’s teams and six women’s teams may add to the point total.

Westmont tallied 601, just 1.5 points behind Cal State San Marcos in 10th place and 23.5 points ahead of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in 12th place.

A national championship runner-up finish by men’s basketball earned 90 points for the Warriors while the women’s basketball program brought in 83 points as a national championship semifinalist.

Bush Honored with Gold Glove

June 2nd, 2015
Alex Bush

Westmont junior Alex Bush of Menifee is one of nine baseball players to be named to the 2015 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove team. Bush also received NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition as did teammates Russell Harmening of Oceanside, Will Barring of Tustin and Blake Matthias of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Gold Glove award recipients, selected by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee, are honored for their defensive play. One player is chosen for each position. Bush was selected for his play at first base.

Out of 408 defensive chances, Alex Bush recorded 378 putouts, 29 assists and just one error, resulting in a fielding percentage of .998. Bush was on the receiving end of 26 double plays on the season.

Bush is just the second Warrior to receive an NAIA Gold Glove Award.

Stars of the Diamond Sparkle in Classroom

June 1st, 2015
(Left-right) Russell Harmening, Taylor Martin, Steven Pollex.

Three Westmont Baseball players have received accolades for their performances in the classroom. Junior pitcher Russell Harmening of Oceanside has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Baseball Team for the second year in a row. Last season, Harmening was named to the second team, this year he is one of two pitchers selected for first team honors.

Additionally, Harmening, senior pitcher Taylor Martin of Huntington Beach and senior left-fielder Steven Pollex of Henderson, Nevada have all been named as both NAIA Scholar-Athletes and Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Scholar-Athletes.

Harmening, a mathematics major with a GPA of 3.77, is a three-time Dean’s List student. The Presidential Scholar was the winner of the Golden Eagle Award and the Cliff Hamlow Character Award. Harmening solved and published two problems in the Mathematical Association of America’s College Mathematics Journal.