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  • Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Biola, 3:30 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts The Master's, 7 pm

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Biola, 3 pm

  • Friday, Oct. 7

    • Volleyball
      • WC vs. Saint Mary
        Sioux City, Iowa
        5:30 pm CDT/3:30 pm PDT
      • WC at Dordt
        Sioux City, Iowa
        8 pm CDT/6 pm PDT

  • Saturday, Oct. 8

    • Cross Country
      • WC at Vanguard
        Invitational, 9 am
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC at Arizona Chr., 1:30 pm
    • Women's Soccer
      • WC at Arizona Chr., 11 am
    • Volleyball
      • WC vs. Concordia
        Orange City, Iowa
        3:30 pm CDT/1:30 pm PDT
      • WC at Northwestern
        Sioux City, Iowa
        6 pm CDT/4 pm PDT

  • Monday, Oct. 10

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC at San Diego Chr., 11 am
    • Women's Soccer
      • WC at San Diego Chr., 12 pm

  • Friday, Oct. 14

    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts Wm. Jessup, 4 pm

  • Saturday, Oct. 15

    • Cross Country
      • WC at Pomona-Pitzer
        Invitational, 7:30 am
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Hope Int'l, 12 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts Menlo, 2 pm
    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Hope Int'l, 2:30 pm

  • Thursday, Oct. 20

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Menlo, 12:30 pm
    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Menlo, 3:00 pm

  • Friday, Oct. 21

    • Volleyball
      • WC at San Diego Chr., 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Oct. 22

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Wm. Jessup, 12:00 pm
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Wm. Jessup, 2:30 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC at Arizona Chr., 7 pm

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC at The Master's, 3 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC at Biola, 7 pm

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC at The Master's, 3 pm

  • Saturday, Oct. 29

    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts Vanguard, 7 pm

Surprise Awaited Smelley at the Nationball Classic

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 4th, 2016
Start of the 2016 Nationball Classic at Chase Palm Park.

Westmont Cross Country opened the 2016 season by hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) on Saturday in the Nationball Classic at Santa Barbara’s Chase Palm Park. The annual event has become a tradition for both teams that includes not just a cross country race, but a friendly game of nationball (or dodge ball). This year, the event included a surprise for Westmont’s head coach Russell Smelley.

Before the race began, Smelley was unexpectedly greeted by nine members of the 1996 Westmont Men’s Cross Country team. They came to run in the race and to renew memories of comradery from 20 years ago.

The group included 1996 graduates Paul Ashby, Jim Drake, Todd Farrington and Philip Livingood and Matt Nealon; Matt Thomson from the class of 1997; and 1998 alumni Andy Morales, Matt Pelascini and Kevin Sturm.

“I had a great time at Westmont and had a great time in particular running cross country and track,” said Livingood about his motivation for organizing the event. “Some of my best friends to this day are the guys from the team. We’ve been to each other’s wedding and seen each other’s kids grow up. (The Nationball Classic) seemed liked a great opportunity to try and get everyone together. Westmont is a setting that fosters deep relationship that can last a lifetime.


Kramer, Storkson Receive Hamlow Award

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 7th, 2016

Westmont’s Evan Kramer and Karlie Storkson were honored at a banquet in Costa Mesa on Sunday as recipients of the Golden State Athletic Conference Champions of Character Award. The Award, named for the former GSAC Commissioner, is given to one male and one female student-athlete from each member institution.

Recipients must be at least juniors with a 3.0 minimum grade point average. They must be outstanding in “campus leadership, community service, embracing the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character Initiative, athletic achievement and future ambition.”

Kramer is a senior economics and business major from Santa Ana with a 3.44 GPA. A Westmont Golden Eagle Award winner, Kramer is president of Westmont’s chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics.

In the summer of 2015, Kramer attended a seminar in Washington D.C. in the Morality of Democratic Capitalism hosted by the American Enterprise Institute.

Kramer earned All-GSAC honors in cross country at the GSAC Championships and led the Warriors to an 18th place finish at the NAIA National Championships. In September, Kramer was named the GSAC Cross Country Runner of the Month.

Warriors Run Well at Nationals

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 21st, 2015
Jessica Meyers

By Kaci Mexico
November 21 2015

In the NAIA Cross Country National Championship Race held in Charlotte, North Carolina, out of 36 men’s and women’s teams, the Westmont Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Teams placed tenth and eighteenth respectively. Each team placed higher than the final Top 25 Coaches Poll ranking they held prior to the race – the men jumped from 26 to 18 and the women from 13 to 10.

“We wanted to run as well at nationals as we did at conference and today they actually ran better than they did at conference,” explained head coach Russel Smelley. “We had our best team spreads of the year – under one minute for both teams – and that gave them a good spread towards finishing well. This season has been a process of getting better and working towards running up to their potential and I think today they ran up to their potential which feels really good.”

A team spread is the time difference between the first and fifth runners on a single team. The score of each of the top five runners, out of the seven women and men that run for each team, is combined to create the team total. Thus, a great team spread (a low time) is crucial for overall team success.

In the men’s 8k race, Westmont had a spread of 51 seconds with senior Evan Kramer finishing first for the Warriors at 25 minutes and 52 seconds and sophomore Jacob Grant finishing fifth at 26 minutes and 43 seconds. Finishing second, third, and fourth respectively were sophomore Thomas Hamlin (26:08), freshman Blake Fonda (26:36), and senior Nate Evans (26:36).

In the women’s 5k race, Westmont had a spread of 54 seconds with senior Jessica Meyers finishing first for the Warriors at 18 minutes and 27 seconds and senior Sierra Wallen finishing fifth at 19 minutes and 21 seconds. Finishing second, third, and fourth respectively were junior Kelly Collins (18:38), senior Alexandria Adams (19: 01), and junior Olivia Wood (19:03).

[men’s team results] [men’s individual results] [women’s team results] [women’s individual results]

Warriors Headed to Charlotte for Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 9th, 2015

Both Westmont Cross Country teams have received at-large invitations to the NAIA National Championships, which will be held at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, November 21. The men’s 8,000 meter race will begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. PDT) with the women’s 5,000 meter race starting one hour later.

The 13th ranked women’s team was awarded the fourth of 12 at-large berths in a field that consists of 36 teams. Twenty-four teams earned a berth through automatic qualification through their respective conferences. 82 individuals from teams that did not qualify also earned a spot in the championship event.

Westmont Women’s Cross Country will be making its 22nd trip as a team to the National Championship, all under head coach Russell Smelley. The Warriors have qualified as a team each of the last four years. In the 2014 championship, which was held in Lawrence, Kansas, the Warriors finished in eighth place.

Cross Country Teams Both Third at GSAC

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 9th, 2015
Jessica Meyers and Evan Kramer.

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country competed at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Irvine Park in the City of Orange. Both teams finished third in their respective races.

“The third paces finishes were disappointing,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “They were solid races, but not outstanding races like we had hoped we would have. My hopes were for a chance to win both events. We are looking to be better when we get to nationals.”

In the women’s 5,000 meter race, #2 Biola finished first with a team score of 26 (low score wins) to claim the conference’s automatic qualification into the NAIA National Championship. The Master’s, ranked 11th, placed second with 49 points. The eighth-ranked Warriors finished with 62 points.

Westmont’s Jessica Meyers and Kelly Collins claimed All-GSAC honors. Meyers finished fourth in a time of 18:33 while Collins came in 11th in a time of 19:03.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Warriors Sweep WJU Invitational

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 24th, 2015
Nathan Evans (left) and Evan Kramer (right). (Photo courtesy William Jessup Sports Information)

Westmont Cross Country swept the William Jessup Invitational on Saturday, winning both the men’s and women’s races. Westmont’s 25th-ranked men outpaced #17 The Master’s by a score of 28-31 (low score wins) and #22 Oregon Tech, which tallied 75 points. The 14th-ranked Westmont women’s team edged out #7 The Master’s 36-38 with #21 Oregon Tech taking third with 52 points.

“I was elated to see our men’s team have a very strong race,” said Smelley. “They produced a team spread of 40 seconds and didn’t give in to the packed dirt course on undulating hills. The men kept their spread together until the very end when Evan Kramer had a good finish to take second place.”

Kramer posted a time of 25:30 over the 8,000 meter course, edging out two runners from The Master’s – Richard Beckelew (third place, 25:40) and Kyler Mikesell (fourth place, 25:48). The race was won by Joshua Sherfey of The Master’s who completed the course in a time of 24:40.

With three runners in from the Master’s and only one for Westmont, the next few runners would be critical. As it turned out, the next four were wearing Maroon.

Westmont’s Thomas Hamlin claimed fifth place with a time of 26:06 and Blake Fonda captured sixth with a time of 26:13. Right behind Fonda were Nathan Evans in seventh and John Nealon in eighth, both with times of 26:15.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Kramer Honored as Runner of the Month

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 30th, 2015
Evan Kramer

Westmont’s Evan Kramer has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Month for September.

The senior captain from Fresno earned the distinction after finishing first among all NAIA runners (15th overall) at the Mustang Challenge on September 19. Kramer completed the 8,000 meter course in a time of 25:50, which was 16 seconds ahead of his nearest GSAC competitor, Andrew Orona from The Master’s.

“Evan is getting the fruit of three years of labor of learning how to run well and how to put his best effort forward without trying more,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “He has learned his lessons well and has put them into good practice. So, he is succeeding.”

Smelley Honored as Coach of Character

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 12th, 2015
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley was honored today as the 2015 NAIA Coach of Character award winner at the NAIA National Convention.

The NAIA Coach of Character award is given annually to an NAIA head coach who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, demonstrated through sport and instilled a culture of community leadership through volunteering or service.

Since 1979, Smelley has served as the head coach of Westmont’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

As the Coach of Character recipient, Smelley was honored as “the epitome of the Coach of Character award; he believes that coaches have the unique opportunity to help develop the character and resilience of their athletes.”

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