Westmont Competes in National Championship Races

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 19th, 2016



Westmont Women’s Cross Country lines up for the National Championship Race

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country competed in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships held at the North Farms Cross Country Course outside north of St. Louis. Westmont’s Women finished 20th out of 36 teams while the men placed 23rd out of 37.

“It was a beautiful course,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley, “all grass, with rolling hills – a really good challenging course. The weather was a little windy and a bit chilly, but nothing intolerable.”

In the women’s 5,000 meter race, Westmont senior Emily Williams finished first for the Warriors, posting a time of 18:28 and taking 67th place out of 334 runners. Senior Kelly Collins finish just four seconds later in 70th place. Senior Olivia Wood posted a time of 19:16 to finish 165th. Mala Halvorson, a freshman, notched a 170th place finish in a time of 19:18. Junior Dominique Delgado completed the Warriors’ scoring in 175th place with a time of 19:20.

“Our first two runners did a really nice job,” said Smelley. “Emily and Kelly stood up to the test and got out well in the race. They wanted to have a shot at All-American (finishing in the top 30), so they got themselves into that position at the mile – between 40th and 50th – which is where you need to be.

“They lost a little ground over the course of the race, but sustained the effort and came in okay. They gave good solid efforts, the rest of our team just needed to have gone with them. Even though the gap was normal for California races it needed to be tighter for this race. Fifteen seconds would have made a big difference.”

Blake Fonda, a sophomore, was the first Westmont runner to complete the men’s 8,000 meter race. Fonda placed 72nd in a time of 25:50. Junior Kyle Fredrickson placed 123rd in a time of 26:11 and junior Thomas Hamlin crossed the finish line in a time of 26:17 to take 136th place.

“Tom moved up quite a bit at the end of the race,” noted Smelley.”

Sophomore Roberto Bazan placed 175th in a time of 26:30 and David Peterson placed 191st in a time of 26:36.

“I was disappointed in the men’s overall performance,” acknowledged Smelley. “They are better than that.

“Blake had a solid performance in a very fast race. Any finish in the top 75 is very respectable.”

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