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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-Claremont Rivalry Renewed

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 7th, 2014
Warriors enjoy a game of nationball classic against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Westmont Cross Country renewed a storied rivalry with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at Chase Palm Park – and they ran a cross country race as well.

“(Claremont head coach) John Goldhammer and I started having our teams meet 20 years ago just for a dual meet to start the season,” explained Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “We made it low key and played games together. Then one day we looked at his literature and he was calling it the Nationball Classic. It became that the race was something to do for training and the Nationball game was the event. The pizza was the piece offering afterward.”

The nationball contest is played in three rounds. First the women verses women, then men verses men. Finally, everybody is all in. This year, Westmont won the women’s round before the Claremont men evened the score at one point each.


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.”

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 Beverage 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.

Women’s Cross Country 18th at Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 24th, 2013
NAIA Cross Country Championship

Competing with a wind-chill factor of 15 degrees at the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championship in Lawrence, Kansas, Westmont Women’s Cross Country finished 18th out of a field of 32 national competitors.

Freshman Kelly Collins was the Warriors’ top-finisher, completing the 5,000 meter course at Rim Rock Farm in a time of 18:59 and finishing 62nd out of 319 finishers.

“Kelly held her own and did not fold under pressure competing as our number one runner and at nationals for the first time,” noted Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “We had a one minute team spread, the best of the season. We had hoped we would have that level of performance. It was a reasonable performance for our women. Their aspirations were a little higher but they held together well in a large field and on a challenging course. I think the temperature had an effect on their ability to run fast.”


Women’s Cross Country Headed to Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 17th, 2013
NAIA Cross Country Championship

Westmont Women’s Cross Country will travel this week to Lawrence, Kansas to participate in the 2013 NAIA National Championships on Saturday. The Warriors, ranked at number 17 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll, received an at-large invitation after finishing third in the GSAC Championships.

This year marks the 20th time the Warriors have qualified as a team to participate in the national championship race and the 30th time at least one student-athlete has competed. Westmont has six top-10 performances over the years and has finished in the top-20 on 17 occasions.

The last two years, Westmont finished 14th (2011) and 18th (2012) when the championships were held at Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington. This year’s 5,000 meter championship race will be held at the Rim Rock Farm outside of Lawrence.

Cross Country Teams Finish Third and Fifth

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 10th, 2013
Kelly Collins

Westmont Women’s Cross Country, ranked at number 16 in the NAIA, placed third at the Golden State Athletic Championship on Saturday. The Westmont men’s team finished fifth out of eight teams.

Freshman Kelley Collins placed fifth in the women’s 5,000 meter race in a time of 18:00, a season best and a team record time on the course.

“Kelly went out strong from the gun, as she was supposed to,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “She ran most of the race by herself in a gap between the front four and the next four who were chasing her.”

Sophomore Piper Bain was the Warriors’ second finisher, claiming 14th place in a time of 18:29.

[men's results] [women's results]

Women Third, Men Fourth at Mustang Challenge

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 21st, 2013

Ranked ninth in the NAIA, Westmont Women’s Cross Country finished third of 17 teams at The Mustang Challenge held at The Master’s College. Twenty-first ranked Westmont Men’s Cross Country finished fourth of 14.

The women’s 5,000 meter race was won by #3 Cal State San Marcos with 31 points. The Master’s, ranked at #13, took second place with 60 points. Westmont recorded 95 points to finish ahead of fourth place California Lutheran (108 points) and Glendale (179 points).

Other Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) teams included Arizona Christian in sixth place (180 points), Concordia in seventh (211 points) and Hope International in eleventh place (323 points).

Freshman Kelly Collins was the Warriors’ top finisher, taking fourth place in a time of 18:06. Sophomore Piper Bain finished thirteenth in a time of 18:44. Junior Heidi Nicholls completed the course in a time of 18:59 to take nineteenth while freshman Hailey Alexander notched 26th place in a time of 19:11. Sophomore Ceci Adams completed the Warrior scoring with a forty-fifth place finish in a time of 19:44.

[men's results] [women's results]

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