Seth Wilmoth National Champ in Pole Vault
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This past week, a handful of individuals from Westmont’s men’s and women’s track and field team travelled to South Dakota for NAIA Indoor National Championships. These athletes had qualified for Nationals during prior meets, where they had to beat a certain time or distance that was required.
To start things off on Thursday, sophomore Alyssa Caldera, sophomore Casey Jensen, first-year Bethany Bodine, and senior Abigail White finished first in the third heat of the women’s 4 x 800 meter, which gave them a spot in Friday’s finals. For the men’s distance medley, junior Pedro Espino Perez, first-year Jason Peterson, sophomore William Warner, and junior Michael Oldach finished first in the second heat, also giving them a spot in the finals on Saturday. After day one of the heptathlon, junior Pieter Top had 2,711 points and had a new personal record in the 60 meters, senior Marcus Alvarez had 2,533 points, and senior Jackson Nemitz had 2,462 points.
On Friday, junior Emily Parks advanced to the finals of the 600 meters and was named All-American. Caldera, Jensen, Bodine, and White were named All-Americans for the 4 x 800 meter. For the pole vault, senior Dana Nemitz and and junior Chena Underhill were also named All-Americans.
Sophomore Sydney Marr was named All-American for the weight throw event. Oldach was named All-American for the mile and qualified for the finals, while Perez, Peterson, Warner, and Oldach advanced to the finals and were named All-American for the distance medley. Sophomore Seth Wilmoth not only was named All-American, but he set the school record for pole vault in winning the National Championship. Top placed fourth among the heptathletes and was also named All-American.
“The trip overall was an amazing experience,” said Caldera. “It’s always such a blessing to be able to go out and represent Westmont at such a competitive level, and then to represent Westmont well is somehow even better. The meet was an amazing environment where I constantly felt supported by my teammates. Through the ups and down of competition this last weekend, I can clearly see why our team has a bond that is simply unmatched by other teams.”
Caldera added, “Even with only 18 of us there, we were loud, passionate not only in pursuit of glory for God, but also passionate in our love for one another.”
She continued, “Nationals is sometimes a hard meet to compete really well at because it is such a high pressure environment, yet we were still able to compete to the best of our abilities and stay constant in our pursuit of excellence. So many of us athletes made All-American honors which was a huge feature in such a competitive field.”
This Saturday, the Warriors will be competing at Occidental College in the Occidental Distance Carnival.