Winning Warrior: Seth Wilmoth
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Earlier this month, Westmont’s own Seth Wilmoth became a indoor track and field National Champion in the men’s pole vault. On the final day of the NAIA Indoor National Championships, Wilmoth cleared a school-record 5.05 meters on his second attempt of the event.
When asked about his performance and how he felt becoming the greatest Westmont pole vaulter of all time, the sophomore said that it was “pretty surreal.” He continued by saying that he felt “definitely proud,” and that he is “happy that I could make my school and all those who have invested in me and supported me proud. That means the world to me.”
Wilmoth cleared the height of 5.05 before any of the other competitors, putting the pressure on them to match his height. He mentioned the support from his teammates, and coaches as key factors in his record setting performance.
“The experience and environment Head Coach Smelley has cultivated down at the track has been vital in making this possible,” said Wilmoth. “The support from my teammates is unreal, and the dynamic between my event coach Tom FitzSimons and me has made all the difference.”
Head Coach Russell Smelley, who has coached cross country and track and field at Westmont since 1979, had only positive things to say about one of his star athletes. He highlighted Wilmoth’s focus and demeanor as attributes he’s most proud of.
“He doesn’t have bad days, because he controls his situation,” said Smelley. “He is a composed and focused individual who cares about doing his best.”
One of Wilmoth’s fellow pole vaulters, Tess O’Hern, described him as: “A wonderfully encouraging teammate.”
Wilmoth will have two more years at Westmont, including the rest of this season, to continue building on the great performances he has had so far. When asked about what his goals are moving forward, Wilmoth replied, “Long term, I have my sights on much higher bars and some USATF qualifying marks, but for now on to outdoor nationals and executing one meet at a time. I’m so fortunate to have had that opportunity and capitalized when it mattered. The key is to continue putting myself in those positions.”
The track team is primed to continue winning GSAC championships with athletes like Wilmoth continuing to push the team to new heights. Wilmoth and the rest of the Westmont track and field team continue their season with more meets in the upcoming weeks, and will look to build momentum going into GSAC Championships at the end of April, and eventually the NAIA National Outdoor Championships.