SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Westmont freshman Becky Collier of Riverside has been named the NAIA National Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week. Collier won the group "B" heptathlon last weekend at the Sam Adams Combined Event Invitational.
Collier's score of 4,824 points established a new school record. The previous record of 4,281 was set by Kristin Hempy in May of 2012. Also exceeding Hempy's former record last weekend was Kristan Holding whose score of 4,338 points currently ranks third in the 2014 NAIA qualifying list.
Collier's mark is not only the best in the NAIA so far this season, but also exceeds all of last year's qualifying marks for the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.
While competing in the decathlon, Collier also established a new school record in the high jump, clearing 1.78 meters (5-10). The previous best mark of 1.75 meters (5-9.25) was set by Amber Nixon when she won the 2003 Outdoor National Championship in the individual event.
The Westmont Track and Field season will continue on Saturday when they travel to the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. That meet will serve as a tune-up for the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships which will be held at Westmont on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26.