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  • Monday, Nov. 30

    • Women's Soccer

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2

    • Women's Soccer
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Cal Lutheran, 7 pm

  • Friday, Dec. 4

    • Women's Soccer
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Bethesda, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 5

    • Women's Soccer
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts Claremont, 2 pm

  • Tuesday, Dec. 8

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

  • Saturday, Dec. 12

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Hope Int'l, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Hope Int'l, 7:30 pm

  • Friday, Dec. 18

    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Pacific Union, 2:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 19

    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts NW Indian, 7:30 pm

Warriors Run Well at Nationals

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 21st, 2015
Jessica Meyers

By Kaci Mexico
November 21 2015

In the NAIA Cross Country National Championship Race held in Charlotte, North Carolina, out of 36 men’s and women’s teams, the Westmont Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Teams placed tenth and eighteenth respectively. Each team placed higher than the final Top 25 Coaches Poll ranking they held prior to the race – the men jumped from 26 to 18 and the women from 13 to 10.

“We wanted to run as well at nationals as we did at conference and today they actually ran better than they did at conference,” explained head coach Russel Smelley. “We had our best team spreads of the year – under one minute for both teams – and that gave them a good spread towards finishing well. This season has been a process of getting better and working towards running up to their potential and I think today they ran up to their potential which feels really good.”

A team spread is the time difference between the first and fifth runners on a single team. The score of each of the top five runners, out of the seven women and men that run for each team, is combined to create the team total. Thus, a great team spread (a low time) is crucial for overall team success.

In the men’s 8k race, Westmont had a spread of 51 seconds with senior Evan Kramer finishing first for the Warriors at 25 minutes and 52 seconds and sophomore Jacob Grant finishing fifth at 26 minutes and 43 seconds. Finishing second, third, and fourth respectively were sophomore Thomas Hamlin (26:08), freshman Blake Fonda (26:36), and senior Nate Evans (26:36).

In the women’s 5k race, Westmont had a spread of 54 seconds with senior Jessica Meyers finishing first for the Warriors at 18 minutes and 27 seconds and senior Sierra Wallen finishing fifth at 19 minutes and 21 seconds. Finishing second, third, and fourth respectively were junior Kelly Collins (18:38), senior Alexandria Adams (19: 01), and junior Olivia Wood (19:03).

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Warriors Headed to Charlotte for Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 9th, 2015

Both Westmont Cross Country teams have received at-large invitations to the NAIA National Championships, which will be held at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, November 21. The men’s 8,000 meter race will begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. PDT) with the women’s 5,000 meter race starting one hour later.

The 13th ranked women’s team was awarded the fourth of 12 at-large berths in a field that consists of 36 teams. Twenty-four teams earned a berth through automatic qualification through their respective conferences. 82 individuals from teams that did not qualify also earned a spot in the championship event.

Westmont Women’s Cross Country will be making its 22nd trip as a team to the National Championship, all under head coach Russell Smelley. The Warriors have qualified as a team each of the last four years. In the 2014 championship, which was held in Lawrence, Kansas, the Warriors finished in eighth place.

Cross Country Teams Both Third at GSAC

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 9th, 2015
Jessica Meyers and Evan Kramer.

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country competed at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Irvine Park in the City of Orange. Both teams finished third in their respective races.

“The third paces finishes were disappointing,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “They were solid races, but not outstanding races like we had hoped we would have. My hopes were for a chance to win both events. We are looking to be better when we get to nationals.”

In the women’s 5,000 meter race, #2 Biola finished first with a team score of 26 (low score wins) to claim the conference’s automatic qualification into the NAIA National Championship. The Master’s, ranked 11th, placed second with 49 points. The eighth-ranked Warriors finished with 62 points.

Westmont’s Jessica Meyers and Kelly Collins claimed All-GSAC honors. Meyers finished fourth in a time of 18:33 while Collins came in 11th in a time of 19:03.

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Warriors Sweep WJU Invitational

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 24th, 2015
Nathan Evans (left) and Evan Kramer (right). (Photo courtesy William Jessup Sports Information)

Westmont Cross Country swept the William Jessup Invitational on Saturday, winning both the men’s and women’s races. Westmont’s 25th-ranked men outpaced #17 The Master’s by a score of 28-31 (low score wins) and #22 Oregon Tech, which tallied 75 points. The 14th-ranked Westmont women’s team edged out #7 The Master’s 36-38 with #21 Oregon Tech taking third with 52 points.

“I was elated to see our men’s team have a very strong race,” said Smelley. “They produced a team spread of 40 seconds and didn’t give in to the packed dirt course on undulating hills. The men kept their spread together until the very end when Evan Kramer had a good finish to take second place.”

Kramer posted a time of 25:30 over the 8,000 meter course, edging out two runners from The Master’s – Richard Beckelew (third place, 25:40) and Kyler Mikesell (fourth place, 25:48). The race was won by Joshua Sherfey of The Master’s who completed the course in a time of 24:40.

With three runners in from the Master’s and only one for Westmont, the next few runners would be critical. As it turned out, the next four were wearing Maroon.

Westmont’s Thomas Hamlin claimed fifth place with a time of 26:06 and Blake Fonda captured sixth with a time of 26:13. Right behind Fonda were Nathan Evans in seventh and John Nealon in eighth, both with times of 26:15.

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Collins Receives Academic All-America Honors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 22nd, 2015
Kelly Collins

In her first year of eligibility, Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill has been named a member of the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team.

Collins, an English major and philosophy minor who will begin her junior year in the fall, holds a 4.0 GPA. As a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (for interdisciplinary studies), Collins is the recipient of the Sophomore Scholarship Award for having the highest GPA among Westmont sophomores. She is also a member of Phi Sigma Tau (National Philosophy Honor Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society).

As an athlete, Collins earned All-American honors last November with a 21st place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas. Collins finished the 5,000 meter course in a time of 18:28. Collins also qualified for the 5,000 meters race at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio where she finished 16th and the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama where she finished 13th.

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.

Seven Warriors Honored by SBART

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 27th, 2015
John Moore was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year.

It was a night of celebration at “An Evening with the Athletes” awards show presented by The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART). Six Westmont athletes were awarded the Athlete of the Year Award for their respective sports and John Moore was honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year. The event was held at Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater.

The recipients of the college division awards are selected by the media from the student-athletes and coaches of the local institutions of higher education – UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community College and Westmont.

Westmont’s Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora was named the SBART College Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. A two-time NAIA All-American, the senior midfielder recorded six goals and four assists during the fall 2014 campaign. Dimaculangan led her team to both the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships this season and was named to the All-GSAC team. The Warriors advanced to the NAIA National Championship in all four of her years on the team, finishing as national runner-up in 2013.

NAIA All-American Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill was named the SBART College Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. The sophomore finished 21st in the NAIA National Championship race in Lawrence, Kansas, leading her team to an eighth place finish. Collins also earned All-GSAC honors as the runner-up at the conference championship meet. Collins was competing in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was unable to attend the ceremonies.

Smelley Honored as Coach of Character

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 12th, 2015
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley was honored today as the 2015 NAIA Coach of Character award winner at the NAIA National Convention.

The NAIA Coach of Character award is given annually to an NAIA head coach who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, demonstrated through sport and instilled a culture of community leadership through volunteering or service.

Since 1979, Smelley has served as the head coach of Westmont’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

As the Coach of Character recipient, Smelley was honored as “the epitome of the Coach of Character award; he believes that coaches have the unique opportunity to help develop the character and resilience of their athletes.”

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