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  • Wednesday, April 16

    • Women's Tennis
      • GSAC Championship
        Semifinals
        Indian Wells Tennis Gardens
        WC 5 Concordia 0
        Live Stats
    • Men's Tennis
      • GSAC Championship
        Semifinals
        Indian Wells Tennis Gardens
        Concordia 5 WC 4
        Live Stats

  • Thursday, April 17

    • Women's Tennis
      • GSAC Championship
        Finals
        Indian Wells Tennis Gardens
        Vangaurd 5 WC 3
        Live Stats

  • Wednesday, April 23

    • Women's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament

  • Thursday, April 24

    • Women's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament

  • Friday, April 25

    • Men's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament
    • Women's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament
    • Track & Field
      • GSAC Championships
        At Westmont, 10 am
    • Baseball
      • The Master's at WC, 3 pm

  • Saturday, April 26

    • Men's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament
    • Women's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament
    • Track & Field
      • GSAC Championships
        At Westmont, 10 am
    • Baseball
      • The Master's at WC
        Doubleheader, 12 pm

  • Sunday, April 27

    • Men's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament
    • Women's Tennis
      • Ojai Tournament

Student-Athletes Honored with Golden Eagle Award

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 21st, 2014
Westmont President Gayle Beebe; Golden Eagle recipients David Donner, Taylor Frantom,  Jack Rogan, Breean Collier; Track and field head coach Russell Smelley, Award sponsor Pete Jordano

Westmont Athletics honored 13 student-athletes at the 20th Annual Golden Eagles Award Banquet. The awards have been sponsored by Pete and Gerd Jordano and the Pacific Beveridge Company since their inception in 1995.

An athlete from each intercollegiate team is presented with the Golden Eagle Award. The honor is given to an athlete for their accomplishments athletically, academically, spiritually and socially. Each recipient must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess a minimum 3.25 GPA and have the nomination and support of their coach.

New School Records at Cal-Neva

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 6th, 2014
Bryan Avendano

A handful of Westmont Track and Field athletes travelled to La Jolla over the weekend to participate in the California-Nevada Championships at UC San Diego. When they travelled back to Santa Barbara, they brought home two new school records.

Elysia Hodges improved her own school record in the 400 meter hurdles by nearly half a second, finishing third in a time of 59.16. Hodges was the only NAIA athlete in the field of 33 competitors. Her time is the best in the NAIA so far this year, 1.40 seconds faster than Amelia Maguin of Southern Oregon who holds the second fastest time.

Also rewriting the Warrior record book were Bryan Avendano, John Nealon, Christian Hatchett and Tyler Moore in the 4 x 400 meter relay. The Warrior quartet finished second with a time of 3:14.23. The time was 0.14 second faster than the mark Avendano, Hatchett, Moore and Quincy Braxton established at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships last season.

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Champions Crowned at Sam Adams

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 6th, 2014
Lindsay Schwartz

Competing at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational, Lindsey Schwartz of the Santa Barbara Track Club claimed first place in the women’s heptathlon “A” group and Becky Collier of Westmont won the women’s heptathlon “B” group.

In the men’s decathlon J. Patrick Smith, a Dos Pueblos High School graduate from Chico State, claimed first in the “A” group with 7,351 points. Drayke Jackson of Sacred Heart (Conn.) claimed first in the “B” group with 6,205 points.

Schwarz’ total of 5,942 points is her second best time ever and serves to qualify her for the 2014 USA Track and Field Championships this coming June. Taking second in the “A” group was Lindsay Lettow who tallied 5,674 points while Shana Woods of Chula Vista Elite placed third with 5,668 points.

In the second day events for the “A” heptathlon group, Woods finished first in the long jump with a distance of 6.26 meters (20-6.5), establishing a new stadium record. Schwartz was second with a jump of 5.95 meters (19-6.25) and Kiani Profit placed third at 5.87 meters (19-3.25).

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Elite and College Athletes Compete at Sam Adams

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 4th, 2014
Ashton Eaton competing in the 100 meters during the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont.

The first day of the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational saw world caliber decathletes and pentathletes compete alongside college athletes from both NAIA and NCAA institutions on the beautiful Westmont College Track in the foothills of Montecito. The event is named for former UC Santa Barbara track and field coach Sam Adams who spent a lifetime training elite level multi-event athletes and coaching college track and field competitors.

The men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon were each divided into two competitions designated “A” and “B” with the elite level athletes assigned to the “A” competition.

The men’s decathlon “A” competition started with the 100 meters, which was won by Ashton Eaton in a time of 10.43. Eaton, the reigning world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, is one of several athletes competing in selected events. Steven Bastien of Samford (Ala.) took second in the event with a time of 10.85 with J. Patrick Smith of Chico State (Calif.) finishing third in a time of 10.95. Smith is an alumnus of local Dos Pueblos High School.

[dec "A" results] [hept "A" results] [dec "B" results] [hept "B" results]

Records Fall at Westmont Collegiate Classic

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 29th, 2014
Evan Bradford

Two stadium records fell on Saturday at the Westmont Collegiate Classic Track and Field Meet. Westmont’s Elysia Hodges broke her own stadium record in winning the women’s 400 meter hurdles in a time of 59.68. Hodges’ time was 0.26 seconds faster than the previous stadium she set one year ago (March 30, 2013). Hodges easily beat the NAIA automatically qualifying time of 64.00.

Surpassing a stadium record that had stood for 33 years was Antoinette Nana Djimou of the French National Team. Two dozen combined events athletes from the national team of France are training for two and one-half weeks at Westmont. Nana Djimou put the shot 14.45 meters (47-5), which was 0.04 meters farther than Cal State Bakersfield’s Sharen Hamilton threw in 1981.

Nana Djimou was the gold medalist in the heptathlon in the 2012 European Championships and in the indoor pentathlon in the 2011 and 2013 European Indoor Championships.

Westmont’s Becky Collier earned a NAIA National Championship automatic qualifying mark of 1.70 in the high jump. She took second in the event to Sarah Hill of Fresno Pacific who jumped 1.75 meters.

Hodges Wins National Championship in Record Time

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 9th, 2014
Elysia Hodges - Women's 600 meter national champion

Competing at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, junior Elysia Hodges crossed the finish line of the women’s 600 meters in a record time of 1:30.49 to claim the NAIA National Championship.

Among the competitors in the race was Katie Bonnema of Dordt (Iowa) who won in the 2013 championship with a time of 1:31.52. Bonnema finished this year’s race in third, though she bettered her time by 0.36 second; finishing with a time of 1:31.16.

“Elisha ran an ideal, strategic race,” praised Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “She was under control, found her spot and kept out of the fray. When it was time to go she made her move and carried it to the finish line.”

“After my prelim yesterday, Coach (John) Larralde said, ‘You have to go out with the top runners. They are going to go out faster than you and you have to go with them’,” reported Hodges. “When I broke, I fell right in with Katie from Dordt and (Shani Adams) from Wayland Baptist (Texas).

“The first three were about 43.3 for the first 300. I felt good. We were bumping arms because we were so close together. It felt like we started going faster. I didn’t start feeling tired until about 100 meters left. Wayland Baptist and I had to go on the outside. I could tell that they were getting tired and I was getting tired, but I just went. I had no idea the OBU runner was anywhere near me. About five meters from the finish line I thought, “Oh, my gosh, I’m going to win.”

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Collier and Holding are Pentathlon All-Americans

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 6th, 2014
All-American's Kristan Holding and Becky Collier with Multi-Events Coach Josh Priester

Westmont’s Becky Collier and Kristan Holding earned All-American honors competing in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Collier, a freshman, tallied 3,395 points to claim fifth place. Holding, who is a sophomore, finished in eighth place with 3,338 points to take Indoor All-American honors for the second year in a row.

“I don’t know when we have had two all-Americans in one event,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “I can’t remember it happening.”

In the 60 meter hurdles, the first of the five events, Collier posted a time of 9.33 and finished eighth while Holding placed 12th in the field of 16 with a time of 9:57. The second event proved to be decisive for both athletes who tied for third with a jump of 1.65 meters (5-5). The high jumper performance moved Collier into third after two events and Holding into fifth.

In the shot put, Holding took eighth place with a throw of 9.66 meters (31-8.5) while Collier managed a 14th place finish with a mark of 8.90 meters (29-2.5). In the fourth event, which is the long jump, the Westmont athletes tied again, finishing sixth with a mark of 5.15 meters (16-10.75). At the end of four events, Holding was in sixth place and Collier in seventh.

More Warriors Qualify for Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 23rd, 2014
Christian Hatchett celebrates after winning the 4 x 400 meter relay.

The Westmont Track was filled with the sounds of a meet between UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Westmont on Saturday afternoon. For Westmont athletes it was the final day of qualifying for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Several Warriors earned their way into the championship event which will be held in Geneva, Ohio March 6-8.

In field events, Becky Collier, who had previously earned an automatic entry into the high jump event at indoor nationals with a jump of 1.70 meters, added another five centimeters to her season best, clearing 1.75 meters (5-8.75).

Kristan Holding exceeded the provisional qualification standard in the long jump with a mark of 5.37 meters (17-7.5), bettering her previous season best of 5.11 meters.

Shane Rowan exceeded the provisional qualification mark in the men’s triple jump, posting a distance of 14.06 meters. However, he previously earned an automatic qualification with a jump of 14.30 meters.

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