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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.

Grant Garners All-American Honors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 7th, 2016
Jacob Grant

Westmont’s Jacob Grant earned NAIA All-American honors by finishing seventh in the finals of the men’s 1000 meter run at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday. The sophomore from Santa Ana finished the race in a time of 2:30.74.

Grant reached the finals by posting the fifth best qualifying time in the prelims, a personal best of 2:29.77.

Also competing on Saturday were Evan Kramer and Becky Collier. Evan Kramer competed in the finals of the men’s mile, finishing 10th with a time of 4:25.01. Collier finished 16th in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters (5-5), which was well below her qualifying mark.

Westmont will now turn its attention to the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field season. On Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18, the Warriors will host the Jim Klein Multi-Events for collegiate athletes. Then on Saturday, March 19, Westmont will conduct the Westmont Classic beginning at 10 o’clock at the Westmont Track.

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Kramer and Grant Advance to Finals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 4th, 2016
Madison Herrera

Westmont’s Evan Kramer and Jacob Grant each advanced to the finals of their respective events at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Grant advanced by placing fifth in the 1,000 meter prelims in a time of 2:29.77. The time was nearly three seconds faster than his season best. The finals, which consists of a field of eight runners, will take place tomorrow at 2:35 p.m. EDT/11:45 a.m. PDT

Kramer claimed the last spot in the finals of the men’s mile, completing the race in a time of 4:20.68. With just 2.42 seconds separated the top 10 times, tomorrow’s final should prove to be quite competitive. The race is set to be run at 12:35 p.m. EDT/9:35 a.m. PDT.

Madison Herrera competed in the women’s 60 meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.28 and finishing 19th.

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Collier Claims Ninth All-American Title

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 3rd, 2016

Westmont’s Becky Collier earned All-American honors by placing third in the women’s pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Third place is the highest finish in Collier’s career at a national championship multi-event competition.

Collier, who earlier this week was named the NAIA West Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), has now tallied nine All-American titles. Determined by All-American honors, she is the second most decorated athlete in Westmont history. Elysia Hodges Mitchell, who graduated last May, earned All-American honors 10 times in her career and twice won a national championship.

Collier posted a solid time of 9.50 in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing with the seventh best mark. In the high jump, Collier cleared 1.68 meters (5-6). While finishing first in the event, Collier had hoped to jump higher.

“As an experienced athlete, Becky turned a tough day into a success,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “The high jump area was not a great situation. You start off on Astroturf and then transition to rectangular rubber. It creates a funny geometric pattern and feels like it moves a little. It creates an odd situation.”

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Collier, Smelley, Priester Honored

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 2nd, 2016
Becky Collier

Westmont’s Becky Collier has been named the NAIA West Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The junior from Riverside tallied 3,590 points in the Indoor Pentathlon at the Westmont Sunshine Open – the second best mark by an NAIA athlete this season.

At the same event, Collier cleared 1.72 meters (5-7.75) in the high jump to post the fourth highest mark this year.

Collier will be competing in both events at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee beginning tomorrow.

Collier is an eight-time NAIA All-American having won four All-American titles in multi-events and four in the high jump.

Also honored by the USTFCCCA was Westmont head coach Russell Smelley as the NAIA West Region Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year. The Warrior men are ranked as the number one team in the West region by the USTFCCCA.

Plenty of Sunshine at Indoor Event

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 8th, 2016
Tom Hamlin (left) and Blake Fonda

Ten collegiate teams and nine track and field clubs converged on Westmont Saturday to participate in the fourth annual Sunshine Indoor Open Track and Field Meet. The event, which serves as a national championships indoor qualification opportunity, was competed outdoors at the Westmont Track under a clear sky with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

The Westmont men’s distance medley relay team of Nathan Evans, Bryan Avendano, Thomas Hamlin and Evan Kramer earned an automatic qualification to the NAIA Indoor National Championships by posting a time of 10:16.18 in a second place finish. The time was more than five seconds faster than the automatic qualification standard.

Evans and Jacob Grant both posted provisional qualification marks in the men’s 1,000 meters. Evans finished first with a time of 2:31.80, missing automatic qualification by 0.5 seconds. Grant finished in third place with a time of 2:31.95.

Eric Wong of Westmont finished first in the men’s weight throw, recording a distance of 13.09 meters (42-11).

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Warriors Race to First in Opening Meet

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 31st, 2016
Becky Collier(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Westmont Track and Field opened the 2016 season by hosting the On Your Marks Invitational on Saturday. The Warriors claimed both the men’s and women’s team competitions, winning each by more than 100 points.

The Westmont women scored 276 points with Concordia (Calif.) taking second with 92 points. Vanguard (63 points) edged William Jessup (62 points) to claim third place. In the men’s competition, Westmont scored 291.5 points while Vanguard claimed second with 101 points.

Westmont’s Becky Collier won the women’s high jump while earning an automatic qualification for the NAIA Indoor National Championships. Collier cleared 1.65 meters (5-5). Ali Johnson claimed a win in the 800 meters with a time of 2:26.73 while Jessica Meyers won the women’s mile in a time of 5:17.54. Olivia Wood crossed the finish line of the women’s 3,000 meter in a time of 11:12.48 to claim first place.

Westmont entered four teams in the women’s 4 x 400 meters and the Warriors finished first through fourth. Melissa McCormick, Brianna Stoppa, Abigail White and Taryn Phipps came in first with a time of 4:12.47.

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Westmont Takes 11th in Directors’ Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 10th, 2015

For the sixth year in a row, Westmont Athletics has finished in the top 20 in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup which is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The 11th place finish in the final 2015 standings is the fourth highest in program history. In both 1999 and 2002, the Warriors finished in seventh place. In 1996, the inaugural year of the Directors’ Cup Award, Westmont placed 10th.

The Directors’ Cup seeks to recognize athletic programs which perform well over a variety of sports. Points are awarded based on the best finishes at the national championships by an institution’s teams. A limit of six men’s teams and six women’s teams may add to the point total.

Westmont tallied 601, just 1.5 points behind Cal State San Marcos in 10th place and 23.5 points ahead of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in 12th place.

A national championship runner-up finish by men’s basketball earned 90 points for the Warriors while the women’s basketball program brought in 83 points as a national championship semifinalist.

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