Jeanson, Lima, Kolodinski honored by SBART

(RALEIGH, N.C.) Three Westmont athleteshave been honored as Collegiate Athlete of the Year in their respective sportsby the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table at its annual Hall of Fame Banquet.Jake Jeanson was honored for men’s cross country, Carlos Lima received therecognition for men’s tennis and Andrew Kolodinski was recognized for men’strack and field.


Jeanson, a sophomore from Riverside, finished eighth at the GoldenState Athletic Conference cross country championships in November and qualifiedfor the NAIA National Champions. At nationals, Jeanson finished in sixty-fifthplace.


“Jake Jeanson has made significantimprovement as a runner in his first three semesters at Westmont,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “He hasbecome more knowledgeable about training, he has learned to trust his coachesand he has learned the hard lesson that running fast requires quiet confidenceand consistent concentration.  He is reaching for his potential as anational caliber runner and showing himself to be capable of achieving thatpotential.”


Lima played at number one singles anddoubles this year, leading the Warriors to a number six national ranking and areturn trip to the NAIA National Championship. In last week’s nationaltournament, Limawent 4-0, including a doubles win with partner Bryan Cox against the top-rankeddoubles team in the NAIA. The native of Porto  Alegre, Brazilhas just completed his senior season.


Andrew Kolodinski, who hails from Los Angeles, will enter this week’s NAIAOutdoor Track and Field National Championships with the association’s best markin the men’s javelin. Kolodinski threw for 70.18 meters (230-3) at the WestmontCollegiate Classic on March 26. The distance represents a new Westmont teamrecord and Westmont stadium record.
“AndrewKolodinski came from the basketball court to the trackfield, picked up a javelin and became a track and field rock star,” saidSmelley. “His left arm whip is ideal for the javelin.  He has beenwilling to do the training necessary to learn the javelin event and to seekconsistency in his performance.”