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Collier Earns National Championship; Holding, Collier, and Asselin Earn All-American Honors

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 27th, 2016
Becky Collier: National Champion in the heptathlon (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 27, 2016

On day two of the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Becky Collier became the fourteenth all-time Westmont Track and Field athlete to win an individual championship when she placed first in the heptathlon; senior Kristan Holding finished her track career on a high note with a sixth place finish in the heptathlon; and senior James Asselin clinched an eighth place finish in the decathlon to end his final season with a bang. Collier, Holding, and Asselin each earned All-American honors for their performances.

Today, Becky Collier not only became a three-time All-American in the outdoor heptathlon, she became a national champion when she finished in first place with 4,908 points.

Yesterday after the first four events of the heptathlon, Collier was in first place with 3,006 points. Today, after competing in long jump, javelin, and the 800 meter race, she maintained her first place standing. In long jump, Collier finished fifth with a mark of 5.15m (16-10.75); in javelin, she finished seventh with a mark of 32.79m (107-7.25); and in the 800 meter race, she finished sixth with a time of 2:23.91.

Day One: Five Personal Records and an All-American

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 26th, 2016
Becky Collier ( left) and Kristan Holding (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 26, 2016

Day one of the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships consisted of five personal records and an All-American honor for the Westmont Men’s and Women’s Track and Field team.

In the heptathlon and decathlon, Becky Collier and James Asselin each earned a personal record – Becky in the 100 meter hurdles, and James in the high jump; and Kristan Holding earned two personal records – one in the 100 meter hurdles and one in shot put. Additionally, Madison Herrera received All-American honors when she placed third in the long jump.

The meet began with the first five events of the decathlon and the first four events of the heptathalon.

Track and Field Athletes Ready for National Championships

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 25th, 2016
Track Outdoor CMYK

Thursday morning the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will begin at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama with 14 Westmont student-athletes competing in 10 events. Three of those athletes will compete in mutli-event competitions – James Asselin in the decathlon and Beck Collier and Kristan Holding in the Heptathlon. The multi-event competitions begin on Thursday morning.

Asselin qualified for the decathlon by posting a score of 6,143 at the Harry Marra Multi-Events held at Westmont May 13 and 14. He holds the 15th best mark in the NAIA this season. The senior last competed in a multi-event at the NAIA Indoor National Championships where an injury kept him from competing on the final day of the heptathlon. Asselin won All-American honors in the decathlon last year with a fourth place finish.

Collier, a junior, claims the best qualifying mark in the NAIA this year, scoring a total of 4,862 points at the Sam Adams Invitational held at Westmont April 1 and 2. Collier is a two-time All-American in the outdoor heptathlon and holds nine All-American titles overall.

Collier will also compete in the women’s high jump on Saturday. In the high jump, Collier is tied with Siena Heights’ (Mich.) Marissa Johnson for the second best qualifying height at 1.75 meters (5-8.75). Collier achieved the mark at both the Westmont Collegiate Classic and The Golden State Athletic Conference Championships. Phoenix Duncan, also of Siena Heights, holds the top qualifying mark at 1.79 meters (5-10.5)

Moore Named as USA Basketball U18 Court Coach

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 24th, 2016
Kirsten Moore

USA Basketball has announced that Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore has been appointed as one of two court coaches for the USA Women’s Basketball U18 National Team Trials. Moore will serve alongside Temple University coach Tonya Cardoza.

The trials features 30 athletes and will take place from May 28-30 at the United State Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Participants will compete for 12 roster spots on the USA U18 National Team, which will play in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women from July 13-17 in Valdivia, Chile.

“It is an absolute honor to be named a court coach for USA Basketball. To wear the letters U-S-A across my chest while representing our country is honestly something I dreamed of growing up,” Moore said. “I am grateful and excited that I can play this small role in helping the growth and development of the young basketball talent in this great country prepare to represent us on a national stage.”

The court coaches were selected by the USA Women’s Junior National Team Committee consisting of Jim Foster (Tennessee-Chattanooga), Melanie Balcomb (Vanderbilt), Lindsay Gottlieb (California), Joi Williams (formerly of Central Florida) and athlete representative Kara Lawson Barling, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

Men’s Soccer Welcomes Nine Recruits

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 24th, 2016
Incoming Men's Soccer recruits for 2016.

Westmont Men’s Soccer head coach Dave Wolf has announced the signing of nine recruits who will join the Warriors for the 2016 season. The incoming group, which consists of one transfer and eight freshmen, includes players from Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio and California.

“This is a large, exciting, attacking oriented class that will complement the pieces that we already have on our roster,” said Head Coach Dave Wolf. “This class will be very dangerous in the attacking third. Stylistically, each player is technical, hardworking on both sides of the ball, and plays the game with passion.

“We feel that all nine of these incoming players have the capacity to step onto the field for us next fall, and this will give us a deep bench and roster. It will be exciting to see their careers unfold during the upcoming stretch. I anticipate that this class will experience four years of success on the field.”

Mason Garnell of Newport Coast comes to Westmont after playing his freshman year at Wheaton (Ill.) where he saw action in 11 games.

“Mason brings experience, professionalism, and a terrific soccer IQ to our set up,” said Wolf. “He will challenge to get on the field in multiple positions and immediately make us a more formidable presence in games. He has impressed us with is character and his clear vision concerning who he is as a person, a student and an athlete.”

McManigal Resigns, Finishing with a Solid Season

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 21st, 2016
Photo by Brad Elliott

By Kaci Mexico
May 21, 2016

After three years as the head coach of the Westmont Women’s Tennis Team, Kendyll McManigal has announced her resignation. McManigal posted a record of 37-30 and has taken the program to the second round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament in each of the three years she has been head coach.

“Under Kendyll’s leadership the Women’s Tennis Program has gained national prominence – as they have competed in the national tournament for each of the three years she has been head coach,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The program has also benefited from the tough schedule that Kendyll has had our teams play – a schedule consisting of matches against top caliber NCAA Division I, II, and III teams.”

McManigal’s involvement with Westmont began in 2001 when she played tennis for the Warriors from 2001-2004, under Coach Kathy LaSage. During her time as a player, McManigal played at number one singles for three out of her four years, advanced to the NAIA National Tournament three times and was named to the All-GSAC team three times.

Mustangs Claim World Series Berth

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 20th, 2016
Michael Rishwain

The NAIA Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket came to an end on Thursday when The Master’s defeated William Carey (Miss.) by a score of 5-4 to claim the championship and advance to the NAIA World Series. William Carey had reached the championship game by defeating Westmont by a 10-3 margin in the day’s first game.

Game Seven Recap
William Carey bats came alive early in the game as the Crusaders scored seven runs before the Warriors got on the scoreboard. The Crusaders started in the second inning with a two-run home run by James Land. William Carey added another run in the second on an RBI single by Mitch Little.

Land struck again with a solo home run in the third to give William Carey a 4-0 lead. Land tallied five home runs during the tournament to tie an Opening Round record.

The Crusaders added three more runs in the fourth inning, two on a double by Tyler Odom and one on a sacrifice fly by Nick Lowe.

The top of the fifth saw the Warriors break into the scoring category when Alika McGuire singled up the middle with the bases loaded to drive in Michael Stefanic and Michael Valentin, Jr.

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Men’s Tennis Wins, then Stumbles

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 19th, 2016
Photo by Kaci Mexico

By Kaci Mexico
May 19, 2016

Fourteenth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (10-9) clinched a 5-4 victory over #19 Bethany (13-4) in the Opening Round of the Men’s Tennis NAIA National Tournament. Later that night, the Warriors were knocked out of the tournament when they were defeated in the second round by third ranked Xavier (15-7) by a score of 1-5.

The first and second round matches were played on the same day because the first rounds had to be rescheduled to day two of the tournament due to rain.

“It has been a long and crazy day,” noted head coach Mark Basham. “I was very happy to come all this way and get that win against Bethany – a team that we were ranked higher than, but a team that I was concerned about. We are a solid team but we can’t take anything for granted and I knew that they could beat us. So being down 2-1 after the doubles was a little worrisome.”

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