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 37-year tenure, the Warriors have produced nine track & field national champions. Through 2016 student-athletes have claimed All-American honors in 113 individual events (35 men’s and 78 women’s) and 22 relays (10 men’s and 12 women’s) under Smelley’s tutelage. In addition, Westmont has claimed GSAC championships in 139 events since the conference began in 1986.

Paul Herman: 3-time All-American, school record holder in decathlon and long jump, 1964 Olympian.

Rebekah Reynolds eight-time All-American, school record holder in the shot put.

Elysia (Hodges) Mitchell two-time national champion (indoor 600 meter) 12-time All-American, school record holder in the 60 meters, 200 meter, 400 meter, 600 meter, 400 meter hurdles, 4 x 100 meter relay, 4 x 400 meter relay and the sprint medley relay.