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Westmont’s Becky Collier and Kristan Holding earned All-American honors competing in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Collier, a freshman, tallied 3,395 points to claim fifth place. Holding, who is a sophomore, finished in eighth place with 3,338 points to take Indoor All-American honors for the second year in a row.
“I don’t know when we have had two all-Americans in one event,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “I can’t remember it happening.”
In the 60 meter hurdles, the first of the five events, Collier posted a time of 9.33 and finished eighth while Holding placed 12th in the field of 16 with a time of 9:57. The second event proved to be decisive for both athletes who tied for third with a jump of 1.65 meters (5-5). The high jumper performance moved Collier into third after two events and Holding into fifth.
In the shot put, Holding took eighth place with a throw of 9.66 meters (31-8.5) while Collier managed a 14th place finish with a mark of 8.90 meters (29-2.5). In the fourth event, which is the long jump, the Westmont athletes tied again, finishing sixth with a mark of 5.15 meters (16-10.75). At the end of four events, Holding was in sixth place and Collier in seventh.
The Westmont Track was filled with the sounds of a meet between UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Westmont on Saturday afternoon. For Westmont athletes it was the final day of qualifying for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Several Warriors earned their way into the championship event which will be held in Geneva, Ohio March 6-8.
In field events, Becky Collier, who had previously earned an automatic entry into the high jump event at indoor nationals with a jump of 1.70 meters, added another five centimeters to her season best, clearing 1.75 meters (5-8.75).
Kristan Holding exceeded the provisional qualification standard in the long jump with a mark of 5.37 meters (17-7.5), bettering her previous season best of 5.11 meters.
Shane Rowan exceeded the provisional qualification mark in the men’s triple jump, posting a distance of 14.06 meters. However, he previously earned an automatic qualification with a jump of 14.30 meters.
Competing in Saturday’s Westmont Sunshine Indoor Open, sixteen Westmont athletes earned qualification marks for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Among those who qualified is freshman Taryn Phipps who posted an automatic qualification time of 56.52 seconds in the 400 meter dash. Phipps surpassed that “A” (automatic) standard by almost two seconds.
Junior Elysia Hodges rewrote her own school record in the 600 meter run, posting a time of 1:32.34. The mark was 1.15 seconds faster than the time she ran 11 months ago to set the record and more than five seconds faster than the automatic qualifying standard.
In the men’s events, Nate Evans recorded a provisional qualification time of 2:31.78 in the men’s 1000 meter. Shane Rowan matched the automatic qualification time in the triple jump exactly with a mark of 14.30 meters (46-11).
Among relay teams, the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kylie Moore, Kaylin Koopmans, Phipps and Hodges bested the automatic qualification mark by more than six seconds, recording a time of 3:54:15. In addition, the women’s distance medley relay team of Terri Baker, Moore, Ceci Adams and Jessica Meyers recorded a provision qualification mark of 12:34.87.
Westmont’s Becky Collier cleared 1.70 meters (5-7) in the high jump to earn an automatic qualification into the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March. Collier, who took first place, was competing in Westmont’s first home meet of the year.
Both Westmont’s men’s and women’s teams took first place. The women’s team tallied 76 points to Azusa Pacific’s 59 points. California Lutheran took third place with 42 points. In the men’s competition, Westmont won with 71 points, Azusa Pacific claimed second with 60 points and California Lutheran finished third with 49 points.
Jessica Meyers claimed a provisional qualification time of 5:11.53 in the mile run, taking first place. Shane Rowan also achieved a provisional qualification mark, jumping 14.19 meters (46-6.75) in the men’s triple jump.
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Westmont’s Nate Evans earned a provisional qualification to the NAIA Indoor National Championship competing in the men’s 800 meters at the Azusa Pacific Indoor All-Comers Meet on Saturday. Evans crossed the finish line in fourth place in a time of 1:56.19.
The meet was the first of 2014 in which Westmont athletes could qualify to compete at the national championships. Though no other Westmont athletes met qualification standards in Azusa, they will have additional opportunities to do so at meets hosted by Westmont the next two weekends.
In other men’s events at Azusa, Evan Bradford won the 3,000 meter race in a time of 8:48.31 and Shane Rowan placed first in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 13.69 meters. Claiming second place finishes were Tyler Moore in the men’s 400 meter dash in a time of 49.94, Ben Kingsley in the shot put with a mark of 14.83 meters and Benjamin McCollum in the high jump with a height of 1.80 meters.
Westmont Athletics is pleased to extend an invitation to all runners for the Fourth Annual Westmonster 5K on Thursday evening, August 15. The race, which is part of the 2013 Santa Barbara Athletic Association Grand Prix Series, raises scholarship money for Westmont student-athletes.
The course takes participants through the beautiful Westmont campus in the Montecito foothills. A free kids’ 1,000 meter race will also take place. Dinner will be provided for all participants after the race.
The race, which is open to everyone, begins at 6:00 next to the Westmont Track. Race day registration begins at 5:00 p.m. but participants are encouraged to register online at http://www.westmont.edu/westmonster.
An early registration fee of $35 is available through July 31, after which the registration fee increases to $40. Children can participate in the 5K race for $15.
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In the release of the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup NAIA final standings, Westmont College Athletics has improved on last year’s nineteenth place finish by moving up to number 13 for the 2012-13 season. Westmont scored 539.50 points, second only to Concordia (Calif.) among Golden State Athletic Conference schools.
The thirteenth-place finish is the best for Westmont since 2002 when the Warriors placed a program-high seventh. Westmont, which also placed seventh in 1998, has finished in the top-ten on three occasions and the top-15 on eight.
“Like the GSAC All-Sports Award, our lofty standing in the Director’s Cup is another tangible measure of our accomplishments as an overall athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “I especially like the Director’s Cup because it rewards excellence across all sports and both genders equally.
“At Westmont, our coaching staff is very close,” continued Odell. “We cheer for each other, we encourage each other professionally and we feed off each other’s success. In fact, we even share athletes. This year we had five athletes compete in more than one sport. So, as a coaching staff, it is fun and motivating to have a collective goal that we can pursue together despite the varying natures of our particular sports.”