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  • Saturday, March 7

    • Track & Field
    • Baseball
      • WC at Concordia
        Doubleheader, 11 am
    • Women's Tennis
      • WC hosts Nevada, 11 am
    • Men's Basketball
      • GSAC Tournament Semifinals
        WC vs. TBD, 7:30 pm
        Location TBD
        If victorious 3/5

  • Tuesday, March 10

    • Men's Basketball
      • GSAC Tournament Finals
        Location & Time TBD
        If victorious 3/7

  • Friday, March 13

    • Baseball
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr., 3 pm
    • Track & Field
      • Oxy Distance Carnival, 4 pm

  • Saturday, March 14

    • Baseball
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr.
        Doubleheader, 12 pm

Track & Field to Compete at Indoor Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 4th, 2015

A contingent of 21 Westmont Track and Field athletes have made their way to Geneva, Ohio to compete in 13 events at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships beginning on Thursday, March 5.

Senior Elysia Mitchell will seek to defend her 600 meter national championship which she won last year. With a season best mark of 1:34.28, Mitchell holds the second fastest qualifying time in the field of 19 runners. Last year, she claimed the national champion title with a Westmont record time of 1:30.49.

Sophomore Taryn Phipps is entered in the 800 meter run. Her qualifying mark of 2:15.30 is sixth best of the 21 qualifiers for the event.

Mitchell and Phipps will also compete in the 4 x 400 meter relay, teaming up with freshman Jessica Erickson and junior Kaylin Koopmans. Westmont’s qualifying time of 3:49.04 is second best in the field of 27 relay teams.

Competing in the mile will be junior Jessica Meyers. Her qualifying time of 5:07.86 ranks 16th among the 23 entrants.

The 5,000 meter run will feature two Westmont sophomores. Kelly Collins’ mark of 17:45.45 is the seventh fastest qualifying time out of 33 athletes entered in the event. Emily Williams is the 12th fastest qualifier with a time of 18:12.39.

[meet schedule] [meet heat sheets] [schedule of Westmont men’s team] [schedule of Westmont women’s team]

Records Fall in Triple-Dual Meet

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 22nd, 2015
Katheryn Mohrhoff

The Westmont Track was alive with the sights and sounds of a triple-dual track meet on Saturday as the Warriors hosted NCAA Division I UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine. School and stadium records were re-written and several Westmont athletes posted qualification marks for the upcoming NAIA Indoor National Championship.

John Nealon was the only Westmont man to record an automatic qualification mark. He posted a time of 1:54.72 in the 800 meter run while finishing a second place to UCSB’s Jordan Scott (1:54.15).

Bradford Ortlund came in first in the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.61. Josh Taylor claimed first in the 200 meter dash with a mark of 23.48.

The Gauchos claimed a 120 to 65 win over Westmont’s men and a 127 to 10 win over Pepperdine. The Westmont men defeated Pepperdine 130 to 12.

The women’s competition was capped at the end of the day with a blistering 4 x 400 meter race. Both UC Santa Barbara and Westmont’s “A” teams beat the previous stadium record. However, Westmont’s Elysia Mitchell pulled ahead down the final stretch for the win.

[results] [scores] [photos]

Warriors Compete in Liquid Sunshine

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 7th, 2015
Distance Medley Relay Competitors

Westmont Track and Field hosted the Sunshine Indoor Open on a rainy day at the Warriors’ outdoor track. The soggy meet saw 359 athletes from 13 schools and three clubs compete in 44 events.

Westmont’s Becky Collier and Madison Herrera finished first and second in the indoor pentathlon, posting point totals of 3,330 and 3,108 respectively. While both marks exceed the minimum requirement to qualify for the NAIA Indoor National Championships, only the 16 athletes in the nation with the top pentathlon marks will be awarded a spot to compete at nationals.

Achieving an automatic qualifying mark was Taryn Phipps in 600 meters. Phipps won the race in a hand time of 1:35.8. Jessica Meyers took second in the mile, notching an automatic qualification time of 5:06.86.

Kelly Collins and Emily Williams each posted automatic qualification times in the 5,000 meters while finishing second and third. Collins completed the distance in a time of 17:42.95 and Williams finished in a time of 18:09.89. Heidi Nicholls took fourth in the event with a provisional qualifying time of 18:30.33.

[results] [photos]

Warriors were Set to Go in On Your Mark Meet

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 31st, 2015
Shane Rowan

Westmont Track and Field started off the 2015 season by hosting six other teams in the On Your Mark Track and Field Meet on Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams took first place in the meet and several Warriors qualified for participation in the NAIA Indoor National Championships, which will be held March 5-7 in Geneva, Ohio.

The On Your Mark Meet included both indoor events and outdoor events. Athletes could not use the outdoor events to qualify for nationals, but they could be used to gain an entry into the GSAC Championships next April.

The Women’s team tallied 264 points to claim first place, outpacing second play California Lutheran who collected 119.5 points. Concordia finished third with 72 points, three more than Vanguard who claimed fourth. A handful of Biola runners tallied 50.5 points for fifth place while William Jessup scored 21 points and Marymount scored nine.

Becky Collier finished first in the high jump with an automatic qualifying mark of 1.70 meters (5-7). Collier also finished first in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.02 seconds.

Also earning an automatic qualification into nationals was Elysia Mitchell who won the 200 meter dash in time of 24.77 seconds. Mitchell also won the 100 meter dash, completing the race in a time of 12.25 seconds.

Freshman Jessica Erikson finished first in the 400 meter run in a time of 57.14 seconds, beating the automatic qualification time by over a second. Kelly Collins took third in the 3,000 meter run, but did so in an automatic qualification time of 10:18.56

[results] [photos]

Smelley to be honored as the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 15th, 2014
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley has been honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with its 2014 Coach of Character Award. Smelley is in his 36th year as head coach for Westmont’s track and field and cross country teams.

“What I personally appreciate about Coach Smelley is his consistent pursuit of excellence without compromising the character values he makes the priority of his coaching philosophy,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “He is a fantastic example of how to be competitive and achieve success in athletics while remaining unwavering in a commitment to teach character and being a role model for both student athletes and coaches alike.

“In my 30 year history with the NAIA, I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this honor,” continued Odell. “Coach Smelley is deeply imbedded in the fabric of all that is great about the NAIA. He was a champion of character before the term became a part of our culture.”

Asked what the award means to him, Smelley replied, “I hope that it reflects a growing faith and living out a faith in Jesus Christ.

[NAIA National Award Day video]

Westmont Retains All-Sports Award, Places 19th in Learfield Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2014

In a very close result, Westmont Athletics will hold on to the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. The Warriors averaged 6.83 points, edging out Concordia by 0.02 points in the final standings.

“The GSAC all-sports award is especially pleasing because it is our second in a row and for me establishes that we are a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “Our aim is to field competitive teams in every sport we’ve chosen to compete and this award demonstrates that we are doing this.

“I am especially pleased that with success on the field, we were also able to achieve strong results in the classroom,” noted Odell. “The fall semester GPA average for student-athletes was higher than any previous semester. Achieving within the academic rigors of Westmont, while being a full-time athlete, is quite a growing experience. I am quite proud of the way our student-athletes approach their business on and off the field.”

Warriors Harvest Three More All-American Titles

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 24th, 2014
Elysia Hodges

On the final day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Westmont picked up All-American titles in three more events.

A day after finishing fourth in the heptathlon, Becky Collier finished second in the high jump to claim the title not only of All-American, but also of national runner-up. Nine of the high jumpers cleared 1.68 meters (5-6) but only Collier and eventual winner Akela Jones were able to leave the bar undisturbed at the next height of 1.71 meters (5-7.25).

“I was a little bit sore,” said Collier regarding her physical condition after two days of competing in the heptathlon, “but I was also excited. The high jump is my favorite event.

“I tried to maintain the same mindset I had in the heptathlon. I was surprised that 1.71 got second. I thought it would be a lot higher. My left leg is a little sore, so I think I didn’t have some spring. But, I also think my approach was a little off for my last jumps. However, I was happy with what I did.”

[men’s results] [women’s results] [photos]

Collier Earns All-American in the Heptathlon

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 23rd, 2014
Benjamin McCollum

Competing in her first NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship, freshman Becky Collier captured All-American honors by taking fourth place in the women’s heptathlon. This is her third All-American recognition, having captured the same honors in the pentathlon and high jump at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships last March.

“I came in with a different mindset from indoor (nationals),” said Collier. “I was really nervous for indoor, really tense. I came here excited and relaxed and ready to go out and have fun. I do the best when I am having fun and maintaining joy. I had a bad hurdle race, but I was able to put that to the side. The high jump gave me a lot of confidence going into the other events. I was able to carry momentum from there.”

Yesterday, Collier won the heptathlon high jump, clearing 1.77 meters (5-9.75).

“I knew that if I got nervous or tense I would have messed up, so I tried to stay relaxed,” said Collier of the high jump event. “It was helpful that Coach (Josh) Priester was really confident. He said, ‘Becky, you look the best you ever have. I know you can make this height.’ That helped me be confident and see what I could do.”

[men’s results] [women’s results] [more photos]

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