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  • Tuesday, Jan. 27

    • Women's Basketball
      • Vanguard at WC, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • Vanguard at WC, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Jan. 29

    • Men's Tennis
      • Ventura JC at WC,
        Scrimmage, 2 pm

  • Friday, Jan. 30

    • Baseball
      • San Diego Chr. at WC, 2 pm

  • Saturday, Jan. 31

    • Track & Field
      • On Your Mark Meet, 11 am
    • Baseball
      • San Diego Chr. at WC
        Doubleheader, 11 am
    • Women's Tennis
      • CSU Northridge at WC, 12 pm
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Concordia, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Concordia, 7:30 pm

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]

Multi-Event Athletes Headline Day One of Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 22nd, 2014
Becky Collier

Competing in the heat and humidity of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Westmont Track and Field athletes have completed the first day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.

After four events, Westmont freshman Becky Collier is currently in fourth place in the women’s heptathlon with 2,986 points. Collier finished seventh in all four of today’s events except for the high jump, which she won. Her mark of 1.77 meters (5-9.75) in the high jump was 0.06 meters and 74 points better than second place finisher Brittany Greene of Cornerstone (Mich.). Greene leads the overall competition after the first day with 3,289 points.

Kristan Holding is in 11th place after the first day with 2,610 points. Holding’s best mark was also in the high jump where she finished ninth with a mark of 1.56 meters (5-1.25). Holding finished 10th in the 200 meters, 11th in the 100 meter hurdles and 12th in the shot put.

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

Track and Field Ready for Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 21st, 2014
Outdoor Track & Field

Westmont will be represented by 19 athletes competing in 10 events this week at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The championship begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Three athletes will compete in multi-events beginning on Thursday. Becky Collier and Kristan Holding will both compete in the pentathlon. Collier’s mark of 4,824 points set at the Sam Adams Multi-Event Invitational is the second best mark in the NAIA this year. Holding set the NAIA’s 14th best mark at the same event with 4,338 points. Both athletes earned All-American honors in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March.

Ben McCollum will compete in the decathlon which also begins on Thursday. He posted the 11th best mark in the NAIA this season, tallying 6,110 points at the Claremont Classic.

[men’s scheule and results] [women’s schedule and results] [video broadcasts]

Men’s Track and Field Repeats as GSAC Champs

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 26th, 2014

A year after securing its first Golden State Athletic Conference Championship, Westmont Men’s Track and Field repeated as the 2014 conference champions. The Warriors scored 298 points to Concordia’s 219 and Biola’s 169. Westmont Women’s Track and Field claimed second place, scoring 206.25 points to Biola’s 249.5. Concordia finished third with 155.75 points.

Also for the second straight year, Westmont’s Russell Smelley was named the GSAC Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Westmont’s Evan Bradford won the 1500 meter run in a time of 4:03.09 to secure 10 points for the Warriors. Christian Hatchett won the men’s 400 meter dash in a time of 49.03 and the 200 meter dash in a time of 22.20.

Shane Rowan claimed the GSAC championship title in the long jump, recording a mark of 6.85 meters (22-5.75) and in the triple jump with a mark of 14.38 meters (47-2.25). The latter mark also earned him a provisional qualification into the NAIA Outdoor National Championship.

[results] [photos]

GSAC Track and Field Championships Photos

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 26th, 2014
Start of a heat of the men's 200 meters at the GSAC Track and Field Championships

Click here for more photos by Westmont Photographer Brad Elliott from the GSAC Track and Field Championships.

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