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  • Wednesday, Oct. 29

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC 3 W. Jessup 1

  • Friday, Oct. 31

    • Volleyball


  • Tuesday, Nov. 4

    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts Biola, 7 pm

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5

    • Men's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. First Round
        Opponent and Location TBA
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts News Release
        Exhibition, 7:30 pm

  • Friday, Nov. 7

    • Women's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Semifinals
        WC hosts TBA, 2:00 p.m.
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Corban, 3:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Bethesda, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 8

    • Cross Country
      • GSAC Championships
        Santa Clarita,. 9 am
    • Men's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Semifinals
        Opponent and Location TBA
        If victorious 11/5
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Warner Pacific, 5:30 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts The Master's, 7 pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 9

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Oregon
        Exhibition, 2 pm

  • Monday, Nov. 10

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Northwest Chr., 5:30 pm

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11

    • Volleyball
      • WC at Concordia, 7 pm

  • Friday, Nov. 14

    • Women's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Finals
        WC hosts TBA, 2:00 p.m.
        If victorious 11/7
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts Lewis-Clark State, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Cal Poly Pomona, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 15

    • Men's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Finals
        Opponent and Location TBA
        If victorious 11/8
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC vs. San Bernardino
        At Cal Poly Pomona, 5 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC at Hope Intern'l, 7 pm

Cross Country Shines at Biola Jamboree

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 26th, 2014
Biola NAIA Far West Jamboree

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country performed well at the Biola NAIA West Coach Jamboree held at Irvine Park on Saturday. The seventh ranked women’s team took third place out of 14 teams despite the absence of top runner Kelly Collins who was held out due to a sore hamstring.

“The women did not blink at the challenge,” said Smelley. “Corinne Cherne, Jessica Meyers, Emily Williams and Heidi Nicholls came in 35 seconds apart to hold off their conference rivals Biola and The Master’s.”

Biola is ranked nationally at #13 while The Master’s is ranked at #10. The women’s team finished behind #5 Cal State San Marcos that finished first and #9 Carroll (Mont.) that took second.

“The Warriors will have to wait for NAIA Nationals to have their next opportunity to face off with Carroll at full strength,” said Smelley.

[results]

Collins Named NAIA Runner of the Week

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 15th, 2014
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Westmont’s Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill has been named the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week after finishing first at the Vanguard Invitational on Saturday. The sophomore completed the 5,000 meter course in a time of 17:40 – more than seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

“Kelly has worked hard for the last year to become a college level runner and not be so anxious,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “As she has become less anxious she has run faster, gained more confidence and not put so much pressure on herself.”

The Warriors, ranked at number 17 at the time of the race, finished first of 18 teams at the event with 42 points. Then second-ranked Biola finished in second place with 63 points. Westmont’s first two runners – Collins and Corinne Cherne (fifth place, 18:07) – helped secure the Warrior victory by finishing ahead of Biola’s first two runners who came in sixth and eighth.

“We were more purposeful in planning individual and team goals,” said Smelley about the reasons for his team’s success. “I think the athletes took more ownership of it. When they got out there and felt that part where it is hard to keep going, they had a purpose different than just wanting to finish.

Women Win at Vanguard Invitational

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 12th, 2014
Kelly Collins

Westmont Women’s Cross Country will be looking to see their #17 ranking improve after winning the Vanguard Invitational and finishing ahead of second-ranked Biola on Saturday.

Westmont sophomore Kelly Collins won the 5,000 meter race in a time of 17:40. Collins finished 3.5 seconds ahead of Loyola Marymount’s Kyra Burke.

“It all kind of clicked for the runners this week,” said assistant coach Lindsey Connolly. “This is what we thought they could do the whole season. They were at the front the whole race and mixed it up with Biola.”

Senior Corrine Cherne finished sixth for the Warriors in a time of 18:07. Junior Jessica Meyers claimed 13th place in a time of 18:23 and senior Heidi Nicholls notched 14th, completing the course in a time of 18:29. Sophomore Hailey Alexander completed the scoring for the Warriors finishing 18th in a time of 18:41

“Our team spread was 1:01, which was an improvement from 1:16 the previous Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational,” said Connolly.

[results]

Cross Country Performs Well Despite Travel Woes

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 4th, 2014
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Westmont men’s and women’s cross country athletes had a rough start to the day as they traveled south for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday. The Warriors were scheduled to leave campus at 4:15 a.m. However, the bus that was scheduled to pick them up broke down on its way up the Montecito foothills.

”We had to send the men on in their own cars,” reported Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “It was a little bit helter-skelter.”

The women, along with Smelley, waited for a replacement bus which eventually departed at 5:30 a.m.

“When we arrived, the men were through the first mile and the women’s only had 40 minutes to warm up,” said Smelley.

Such is the life of traveling for the student-athlete. It doesn’t always go as smooth as coaches and athletes would like. Despite the change in travel plans, the men’s team turned in a good performance.

[men's results] [women's 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-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.

[results]

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

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2014
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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.

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