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Outdoor track and field season underway

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This past weekend, the Westmont’s men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their outdoor season with the Westmont Collegiate Classic. Of the five schools that were participating, Westmont placed second overall. Additionally, various Westmont athletes qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Nationals and/or set new personal records.

On the women’s side of the meet, sophomore Sydney Marr set a new Westmont record for the hammer throw, in addition to qualifying for Nationals. Junior Emily Parks also qualified for Outdoor Nationals after winning the women’s 400 meter hurdles. Additionally, junior Chena Underhill won the women’s pole vault and automatically qualified for nationals as well, while senior Dana Nemitz earned a provisional qualification for Outdoor Nationals after she tied for second in pole vault. Senior Abigail White, first-year Bethany Bodine, sophomore Alyssa Caldera, and sophomore Casey Jensen won the women’s 4x800 meter relay, while White also won the women’s 800 meter run. Sophomore Haleigh Batty earned first place in the long jump, while junior Nadya Wisham earned first place in the women’s triple jump.

On the men’s side of the meet, junior Pedro Perez Espino won the men’s 400 meter hurdles, which earned him a provisional qualification for Outdoor Nationals. Freshman Jason Peterson, sophomore Will Warner, sophomore Michael Oldach, and junior Patrick Malberg won the men’s 4 x 800 with a provisional Nationals qualification time. Lastly, sophomore Seth Wilmoth met the qualifying height for the pole-vault, earning him a spot in Outdoor Nationals as well. Senior James Rincon, first-year Matthew Williams, Espino, and first-year Jarad Harper won the men’s 4x100 meter relay, while Oldach won the men’s 800 meter run. Harper won the men’s 200 meter dash as well.

“I feel like overall it was a positive experience, considering it was our first outdoor meet of the season,” said Rincon, “We hadn’t competed in two weeks, so just to go out there and see my teammates thriving was both exciting and motivating for us all.”

“As a whole, I feel like we achieved our goal by going out there and competing to the best of our ability, especially since we were in the process of transitioning back to our routine from spring break,” added Rincon. “Many people showed up by setting new personal records, qualifying for Nationals already, or by simply doing whatever our coaches told us to do.”

He concluded by saying, “We can improve by staying focused, not being discouraged if we don’t do well at every meet, maintaining mental strength throughout our season, and accept any challenge that may come our way.”

This upcoming weekend, the Westmont Warriors will be traveling to San Diego where they will be competing in the UC San Diego Collegiate Open meet.


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