Calendar & Results

Archive for March, 2016

Kramer and Grant Advance to Finals

March 4th, 2016
Madison Herrera

Westmont’s Evan Kramer and Jacob Grant each advanced to the finals of their respective events at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Grant advanced by placing fifth in the 1,000 meter prelims in a time of 2:29.77. The time was nearly three seconds faster than his season best. The finals, which consists of a field of eight runners, will take place tomorrow at 2:35 p.m. EDT/11:45 a.m. PDT

Kramer claimed the last spot in the finals of the men’s mile, completing the race in a time of 4:20.68. With just 2.42 seconds separated the top 10 times, tomorrow’s final should prove to be quite competitive. The race is set to be run at 12:35 p.m. EDT/9:35 a.m. PDT.

Madison Herrera competed in the women’s 60 meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.28 and finishing 19th.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

#10 Warriors Fall to #7 Golden Tigers

March 4th, 2016
Lauren Stratman ( Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
March 3, 2016

In a non-conference match between two top ranked teams, #10 Westmont Women’s Tennis (3-3, 3-1 GSAC) fell to #7 Brenau (5-2) by a score of 2-7.

In singles play the Golden Tigers went on the hunt and won five out of the six matches played. Playing at number one, Westmont’s Lauren Stratman suffered her first loss of the season to Fatyha Berjane in a very competative three sets 6-3, 5-7, 11-9. At number two, Ines Costamagna earned a point for the Warriors when she defeated Patricia Recalde 6-2, 6-1.

At number three, Isabel Lee fell to Rebecca Pijls 3-6, 1-6; at number four, Haley Strandness lost to Maya Mammetgulyyeva 4-6, 3-6; at number five, Fernanda Rivera was defeated by Paula Rives 3-6, 1-6; and at number six, Chloe Clement fell to Kelley Cohron 3-6, 2-6.

In doubles, Stratman and Lee continued to remain undefeated and earned another point for the Warriors when they defeated Mammetgulyyeva and Pijls 8-4, playing at number one. At number two Costamagna and Strandness fell to Berjane and Rives 3-8, and at number three Rivera and Clement were defeated by Recalde and Cohron 4-8.

Coming up, the Warriors will look to bounce back in home match against Division III Carnegie Mellon (8-2) this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Collier Claims Ninth All-American Title

March 3rd, 2016

Westmont’s Becky Collier earned All-American honors by placing third in the women’s pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Third place is the highest finish in Collier’s career at a national championship multi-event competition.

Collier, who earlier this week was named the NAIA West Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), has now tallied nine All-American titles. Determined by All-American honors, she is the second most decorated athlete in Westmont history. Elysia Hodges Mitchell, who graduated last May, earned All-American honors 10 times in her career and twice won a national championship.

Collier posted a solid time of 9.50 in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing with the seventh best mark. In the high jump, Collier cleared 1.68 meters (5-6). While finishing first in the event, Collier had hoped to jump higher.

“As an experienced athlete, Becky turned a tough day into a success,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “The high jump area was not a great situation. You start off on Astroturf and then transition to rectangular rubber. It creates a funny geometric pattern and feels like it moves a little. It creates an odd situation.”

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Stratman Honored as GSAC Tennis Player of the Month

March 2nd, 2016
Lauren Stratman (Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
March 2, 2016

Senior Lauren Stratman of Goleta was honored as the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Month.

According to the ITA Women’s NAIA rankings, Stratman ranks number four in the nation in singles play. In the month of February, she went 4-0 in number one singles and 4-0 in number one doubles. In singles, out of eight sets played, she only dropped four games all month.

In the Warriors’ 4-5 loss against ninth ranked Arizona Christian, Stratman defeated Desiree Jackson 6-0, 6-2 playing at number one singles. At number one doubles, Stratman and partner Ines Costamagna defeated Jackson and Desiree Curiel 8-1.

In the Warriors’ 9-0 victory over Hope International, Stratman swept Sabrina Miller 6-0, 6-0 playing at number one singles. At number one doubles, Stratman and partner Isabel Lee defeated Miller and Haley Robles 8-0.

In the Warriors’ 7-2 win over Biola, Stratman swept Madeline Heer 6-0, 6-0 playing at number one singles. At number one doubles, Stratman and Lee overcame Heer and Kelsey Post 8-3.

Collier, Smelley, Priester Honored

March 2nd, 2016
Becky Collier

Westmont’s Becky Collier has been named the NAIA West Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The junior from Riverside tallied 3,590 points in the Indoor Pentathlon at the Westmont Sunshine Open – the second best mark by an NAIA athlete this season.

At the same event, Collier cleared 1.72 meters (5-7.75) in the high jump to post the fourth highest mark this year.

Collier will be competing in both events at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee beginning tomorrow.

Collier is an eight-time NAIA All-American having won four All-American titles in multi-events and four in the high jump.

Also honored by the USTFCCCA was Westmont head coach Russell Smelley as the NAIA West Region Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year. The Warrior men are ranked as the number one team in the West region by the USTFCCCA.

All Conference and Coach & Player of the Year Honors for the Warriors

March 2nd, 2016
Karr (top left), McCoy (top right), Shellmire (bottom left), and Moore (bottom right).

By Kaci Mexico
March 2, 2016

Three Warriors have been named to the 2015 Women’s Basketball Golden State Athletic Conference Team. In addition, senior guard Krissy Karr of Irvine was honored as GSAC Player of the Year and head coach Kirsten Moore was honored as GSAC Coach of the Year. It is the fourth time in the past five years that Moore has received conference coach of the year honors.

Along with Karr, junior forward Aysia Shellmire of Burbank and sophomore forward Lauren McCoy of Arcata were the award winners from Westmont.

In the GSAC, Karr ranks in the top ten in six statistical categories – in three of these categories she is ranked first. She is ranked eighth in scoring with a total of 376 points (13.4 per game) and leads the GSAC in total assists with a total of 131 (4.7 per game). She ranks tenth in total steals with 42 (1.5 per game) and her assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8 is the best in the GSAC. She is ranked fifth in three-point field goal percentage at 38.4 and is first in three-point field goals made at 76 (2.7 per game).

Shellmire ranks seventh in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game, and is third in field goal percentage at 51.4 (169-329). She is ranked fourth in total rebounds with a total of 222 (7.7 per game), second in offensive rebounds with 89 (3.1 per game), and eighth in defensive rebounds with 133 (4.6 per game). She is fourteenth in free throw percentage at 65.6 and is eighth in total blocked shots with 30 (1.0 per game).

Blau Named to All-GSAC Team

March 2nd, 2016

For the second year in a row, Westmont’s Cory Blau has been named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Team presented by Under Armour. The junior guard from Laguna Niguel leads the Warriors in scoring at 17.0 points per game. Against conference opponents, Blau has averaged 17.2 points per game.

Over 44 percent of Blau’s 442 points this season have come from beyond the arc. He has posted a .504 three-point field goal percentage (65 of 129), which ranks second in the Warriors’ single-season record book, and third in NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball this year. Blau currently holds the Westmont career record for three-point field goal percentage at .469 (157 of 335).

With 1,112 points, Blau ranks 27th in career scoring at Westmont and is on pace to challenge for the career scoring record of 1,679 points held by John Crew (1950-54).

Westmont (20-9, 9-7 GSAC) is headed into the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend as the number five seed. The Warriors will match up with fourth-seeded and 15th ranked Arizona Christian (22-7, 10-6).

Baseball Falls to Toros

March 1st, 2016
baseball timeout

Westmont Baseball (14-3) suffered an 8-6 non-conference loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills (5-7) on Tuesday afternoon at Toro Field. The Warriors rallied from a 4-0 deficit by scoring two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. However, Dominguez Hills scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead for good.

Bay Buckley (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits.

In the top of the fourth, Derek Rodigo was issued a one-out walk before Michael Valentin, Jr., doubled to left center to drive in Rodigo. After Clarke Bader was walked, Valentin stole third base. Michael Stefanic’s ground ball to second brought Valentin home.

With one away in the fifth inning, Graylin Derke doubled to right field. A ground ball by Luke Coffee produced the second out of the inning but also moved Derke to third. Rodigo then singled to center driving in Derke. When Valentin singled to left, Rodigo reached second base. Bader then doubled down the left field line to score both Rodigo and Valentin.

[box score]