Westmont Track and Field History

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Track and Field History

Since the early 1960’s, the Westmont track and field program has built a reputation for quality. Coach Jim Klein guided the Warriors from 1960-77 and established an impressive tradition of excellence. Klein coached numerous All-Americans, several national champions and two Olympians. Paul Herman set a school record in the decathlon and went on to place fourth in the 1964 Olympics. Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa won three NAIA national titles and competed for his native country of Madagascar in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games.

After two years under the direction of former national champion pole vaulter Steve Hughes, the coaching duties were turned over to Russell Smelley in 1979. Smelley helped build a women’s program to match the success of the men.

In Coach Smelley’s 33-year tenure, the Warriors have produced eight track & field national champions. Twelve relay teams (six men’s and six women’s teams) have earned NAIA All-American honors under Smelley’s tutelage. In all, Smelley’s athletes have claimed All-American honors in 95 events. In addition, Westmont has claimed GSAC championships in 73 events since the conference began in 1986.

 
Paul Herman: 3-time All-American, School Record in Decathlon, 1964 Olympian.

Rebekah Reynolds 8-time All-American, School Records in Shot Put and Hammer.