Athletics & Recreation

Outdoor leadership student works to recover after injury to achieve academic, career goals

When Patrick Marrinan, a junior at Westminster College, dropped off a cliff while snowboarding at Brighton Resort in December 2016, he knew he had too much speed. As he flew past the drop-off and land...Read More

Some student athletes struggle with body image, fitting ‘ideal’ physique for their sports

When Jasmine McWilliams, a first-year student on Westminster College’s dance and cheer teams, tried out for the Golden State Warriors, the Sacramento Kings and the Jazz Dance Team, she said she felt l...Read More

Westminster student battles scoliosis with rock climbing

For many students at Westminster College, rock climbing is a way to relieve stress and have fun. But for Cole Cooper, a junior political science major who was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis at ag...Read More

Participation fund aims to help lower-income students enjoy the outdoors

Nearly 19 percent of non-outdoor participants ages 6 and up said they don’t engage with outdoor recreation activities because the equipment is “too expensive,” according to the 2017 Outdoor Participat...Read More

Student mountain bikers say e-bikes should be allowed on non-motorized trails

E-bikes are one of the newest sources of controversy in the mountain bike community today because some people see them as motorcycles and others say they’re still bikes. But students at Westminster Co...Read More

Could the 2026 Winter Olympics be in Utah’s future? Westminster students, faculty react to the proposal

Officials in Utah and Colorado may bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, according to five anonymous sources as reported by the Associated Press — a proposal that has garnered mixed responses from the...Read More

Intramural sports offer unique competitive experience between students, faculty and staff

For some students at Westminster College, intramural sports aren’t just a way to have fun and develop new skills — they’re also a chance to build relationships with faculty and staff outside the class...Read More

Looking to change gears? Get pumped for Salt Lake City’s 999 ride.

Nearly every Thursday at 9 p.m. on the corner of 900 South and 900 East, something unusual happens: hundreds of people gather informally on their bikes for a weekly ride around Salt Lake City.It start...Read More

Student mountain bikers say e-bikes should be allowed on non-motorized trails

E-bikes are one of the newest sources of controversy in the mountain bike community today because some people see them as motorcycles and others say they’re still bikes. But students at Westminster Co...Read More

The Forum’s guide to taking your education outside

Ever dream of spending the day outside, breathing fresh air and getting school credit at the same time? If so, Westminster College’s Outdoor Education and Leadership major and minor have skills classe...Read More

Students get pumped for cycle fusion

Cycle Fusion is the second-most popular group exercise class at Westminster College, behind yoga. Though it’s a high-intensity workout, students said the personalization, environment and community of ...Read More

Cracks dividing climbing culture

Some students at Westminster College said Bishop’s Wall, located in the Health, Wellness and Athletics Center, can be an intimidating place to begin climbing.Newcomers said the wall is often full of b...Read More

Packrafting eases access to remote locations for Westminster students

In 2011, Westminster College became the first college or university in the lower 48 states to have a fleet of packrafts — a way to maximize space in the Outdoor Program’s small, 35 foot long, 8 foot h...Read More

Students say price isn’t their biggest consideration when purchasing a ski pass

With six acclaimed mountains less than 30 miles away from Westminster College’s campus, the big back-to-school question on many students’ minds is where to buy their ski or snowboarding pass for the u...Read More

Westminster College on track to compete in NCAA Division II next academic school year

For the last three years, athletes at Westminster College haven't received awards, insurance for severe injuries and grants, or qualified for championships. However, this could change during the 2018-...Read More

Outdoor Experience orientation may ease incoming students’ transition to college

Westminster College’s Outdoor Experience orientation may give first-year students the opportunity to make friends, overcome fears and get outside before classes start.It may also help retention. Stati...Read More

College athletes say they’ll use lessons they learned from sports in future careers

For many graduating students at Westminster College faced with the end of their collegiate athletic careers, they said the lessons they’ve learned from the game will continue to impact their lives.&nb...Read More

Westminster aims to reduce financial barriers to outdoor recreation

Outdoor sports and recreation are often known for being expensive—a stigma Westminster College's Outdoor Program is working to break. The Outdoor Program offers activities ranging from climbing i...Read More

Turf troubles: Students say Dumke Field needs an upgrade

For the past 12 years, Dumke Field has been the center for athletics at Westminster College. But now, students say the aging field—which was created in 2005 and surfaced with artificial turf that hasn...Read More

For some students, navigating concussions and school is a tricky process

For Westminster College students who sustain concussions while participating in sports and outdoor activities, navigating the sometimes oppositional worlds of school and recommended concussion protoco...Read More

Westminster spirit team looks forward to another year of growth

Westminster College's spirit team has experienced continuous growth since its inception three years ago, and the team's captain and coach said they expect next year will bring even more improvements i...Read More

Westminster offers first sports management program in the state starting Fall 2017

In Fall 2017, Westminster College will become the first institution of higher education in Utah to offer a sports management major, which some said could be an asset for the college when recruiting st...Read More

Technology and physical activities collide: the good, the bad and the ugly

Innovations in software, hardware and application have led technology to root itself within natural things like the outdoors and physical activity, which has had both positive and negative effects on ...Read More

Western yoga is revolutionized through modern practice

Though yoga has become widely used for its rehabilitative qualities, some have raised questions of whether American culture has evolved the practice from its more traditional origins. However, Westmin...Read More

Living outside Westminster’s ‘ski culture’

It’s no secret that many Westminster College students are avid skiers and snowboarders. But for those students who don't participate in the college's ski and snowboard culture, connecting with their p...Read More

NCAA Division II creates obstacles for returning athletes to receive scholarships

Many people believe that all college athletes who receive athletic scholarships receive a full-ride, but the truth is that students in the majority of college athletic programs receive only a partial ...Read More

Westminster and University of Utah outdoor communities wrestle with public land issues

Some members of the outdoor communities at Westminster College and the University of Utah feel the state’s attempts at a public lands resolution could end up causing more harm than good, potentially d...Read More

Outdoor Program emphasizes student-led trips

Westminster College's Outdoor Program employs students to lead its trips—an aspect of the program that is uncommon among outdoor recreation programs at other colleges across the country.The program is...Read More

Student athlete says transferring to Westminster was a slam dunk

For student athletes transferring from a junior college, juggling the desire to continue playing their sport, finding a college with the education they want and working within eligibility requirements...Read More

Men’s lacrosse team steps up its game in transition to NCAA Division II

Westminster College's men's lacrosse team was Utah's first-ever club to become affiliated with the NCAA Division II. Since then, the new requirements have led to adjustments in the program to better p...Read More

Westminster’s winter athletes retire from competitive skiing and snowboarding: some by choice, others by fate

Westminster College had 23 students compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but many other skiers and snowboarders have retired from competition altogether since coming to college. Many factors cont...Read More

Westminster student has more on the brain than homework

Ryzen Benson, a junior bio-medical and translational research major, has more on his brain than the average student. Aside from attending classes, Benson coaches Highland High School’s football team w...Read More

Parson to Griffin… to nothing at all: Westminster mascot’s evolution and confusion

Fans and athletic supporters once walked into Westminster College's Dumke Field House and saw the mascot, Griff, interacting with the crowd, players and referees. However, as of spring 2017, Westminst...Read More

Salt Lake City’s inversion affects athletes across campus

Salt Lake City had the nation's worst air quality at the end of January, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Poor air can become dangerous for at-risk groups, including athl...Read More

Westminster alumna pursues her calling as assistant coach for women’s soccer

Madison Roemer graduated from Westminster College last semester and traded in her cleats and shin guards for a whistle and a clipboard. She’ll be fulfilling what she called a long-awaited personal cal...Read More

Mountain Accord seeks student input for future of Central Wasatch Mountains

Many students at Westminster College enjoy recreational activities in the Central Wasatch Mountains but some aren't aware of the Mountain Accord and how the future planning will affect transportation,...Read More

Powder days affect students’ schoolwork

For some students at Westminster College, the desire to ski prioritizes what classes they register for. Those students who look forward to skiing “the greatest snow on earth” said they try to stack th...Read More

After injuries, Westminster’s climbing wall plans to improve its facilities

Staff at the climbing wall located in Westminster College's Health, Wellness and Athletic Center, known as Bishop’s Wall, look to improve facilities after some students have been injured.  B...Read More

Some Westminster skiers and snowboarders lack backcountry knowledge

Utah avalanches have killed 116 skiers and snowboarders since 1958—an average of two deaths per year. Around 20 percent of those killed in avalanches are between the ages of 18 and 25—the typical age ...Read More

Students love to support Westminster athletics… sometimes

At colleges and universities across the country—from Ohio State University to Alabama University to the University of Utah—students turn out in waves to hang out, drink beverages (use your imagination...Read More

Local fitness studio owner brings new workout to Sugar House

Take a walk, drive or even bike down 2100 South in Sugar House and the streets are almost always packed with traffic coming and going. However, that isn’t why Carrie Goodwin chose to build her busines...Read More

New outdoor recreation major to offer experience-based curriculum

Many Westminster College students come to Utah for the unique outdoor experience both the state and the college have to offer. Due to the popularity of Westminster’s outdoor education and leadership m...Read More

How to get involved in a new intramural sport on campus

Pickleball is one of America’s fastest-growing sports, according to the USA Pickleball Association. However, most people on campus don’t know the ins and outs of the game.The sport was introduced to W...Read More

Westminster’s Spirit Team splits to increase school spirit

The sight of sparkling pom-poms is becoming commonplace at Westminster College’s athletic events. Starting its third year, Westminster’s Spirit Team has split into two divisions, with one division foc...Read More

Cross-country and track continue to grow

With heavy breaths and sweat dripping down their faces, the members of the men’s and women’s track and field team gratefully drank from their water bottles as their coach finally told them to rest.Tra...Read More

Small spaces, great outdoors

One of the most popular programs on campus operates in a space no larger than a family food storage area.Located in the basement of the Health, Wellness, and Athletics Center (HWAC), Westminster Colle...Read More

Women’s golf: A force to be reckoned with

For the past few years, Westminster’s women’s golf team has been improving quietly, garnering little attention from the campus community. This year, the team is gearing up for the most successful seas...Read More

Westminster athletics’ head trainer talks transition to DII

Rick Hackford traded in his breakfast of eggs, bacon, and potatoes for two packs of instant oatmeal the day practices started for Westminster athletes. Hackford has worked as an athletic trainer in ma...Read More

Meet the muscle behind the Bishop Climbing Wall

Behind the scenes of the rock wall is muscle: one person who goes above and beyond to make every climbing experience worthwhile.Josh Schmidt, a senior biology major from Salt Lake City, is the wall st...Read More

Short-term punishments, long-term gains: Westminster’s second year of probation in NCAA

Last year, the NCAA Division II Management Council approved Westminster College’s bid to join the RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and begin the three year membership process.NCAA Division II...Read More

Student athletes learn to juggle more than a ball

Many student athletes at Westminster agree that had they not played sports in college or growing up, they would not be where they are today.The likelihood of high school athletes playing in college at...Read More

The rewards and challenges of being a Westminster student athlete

Balancing school and sports can be overwhelming, but Westminster athletes aren’t complaining. Many people use college as a time for self-exploration, and student athletes are no different, although ba...Read More

Method to March Madness and bracketology

To most people, March is just another month. But for students like Ryzen Benson, March is meant for college basketball and worshipping the holy bracket.Benson is a Utah native, sophomore and a biomedi...Read More

Women’s lacrosse recognized in first NCAA season

Westminster women’s lacrosse team is making sure to get on the radar in its first year of NCAA Division II play.Westminster’s women’s lacrosse players were named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RM...Read More

Jordan Pryor wraps up season with two major achievements

Jordan Pryor, business management senior, has seen a lot of changes over his last few years on Westminster’s men’s basketball team. Although postseason was out of the question for Pryor and the rest o...Read More

Students compete in sectional tournament pingpong club

The Westminster Pingpong Club is made up of students from many different majors with a variety of skill levels who started playing as a way to meet new people on campus.The club is unlike most at West...Read More

Westminster’s outdoor women

In a world that’s traditionally been dominated by men, Westminster acts as a refuge for women in the world of outdoor recreation and showcases how quickly the field is changing.“Professionally, I find...Read More

National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Westminster College

Westminster College celebrated the 30th National Girls and Women in Sports Day to honor and acknowledge its women athletes on Feb. 6. The celebration took place in the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Well...Read More

Students fly high at the 2016 Freestyle Skiing World Cup

Several Westminster students showcased their alpine aerial talents at Deer Valley during the 2016 Visa Freestyle Skiing World Cup (FIS World Cup). The competition kicked off on Feb. 3 with firewo...Read More

El Niño brings Utah snow after record low year

Last winter held the lowest snowfall on record in Salt Lake City based on Wasatch Snow Forecasts, but thanks to the weather phenomenon El Niño, snow addicts will get the fix they crave this winter.&nb...Read More

Men’s basketball team sets personal and team goals

Basketball is back with some new faces and challenges.The men's basketball team is led by head coach Norm Parrish in his debut season, playing in a new conference and having to find ways to set goals ...Read More

Prepare for pre-season activities with backcountry safety reminders

As early-season storms drop enough snow to ski on—but not quite enough to deter the standard pre-season core shots—students are already getting after it in the mountains.Resorts are expected to open b...Read More

Injured lacrosse player returns to the turf

It was the second lacrosse game of the season, and Dominic Conti heard a loud pop.He tried to jog slowly to the sideline, but his left leg “noodled” on his first step. He said he immediately realized ...Read More

Winter club has new leading faces

The Westminster Ski and Snowboard Club has new leading faces hoping to fill this season with events and opportunities for all to join.Unlike other local colleges, Westminster’s winter-geared club is o...Read More

Professional skier finds inspiration in mountain culture

Seconds from campus—at home, locked in his room late at night—Andrew Pollard is often sketching away at another fabled mountainscape.Whether it’s with watercolor or pen, the vast landscapes are quickl...Read More

Get physical with Westminster’s personal trainers

Griffins who are looking to stay fit this winter have more options than just hitting the slopes. Westminster offers personal training at competitive prices in the Dolores Eccles Health, Wellness and A...Read More

Students take on the wall at Learn to Rock Climb Day

For many novice climbers, the thought of rock climbing conjures up images of quivering arms, death-defying heights and intimidating gear—fears the Outdoor Recreation Program is working to help new cli...Read More

Griffins or Spartans? A look into Westminster women’s soccer

Westminster’s women’s soccer team begin their warm up in the locker room with a dance party, followed by the song “We Ready” and chant, “We must protect this ‘bous’ house.” After, they become serious,...Read More

Experience the outdoors in November

Just because the Fall Break trip with the Outdoor Recreation Program is full doesn’t mean other trips aren’t available for students to jump in on.During the month of November, the Outdoor Recreation P...Read More

Westminster athletics’ #1 fan

Emilio Giokas has carried a large cooler of Otter Pops, thrown out T-shirts at the job fair and dressed up as an ESPN reporter, all to increase student interest in athletic events. Giokas is president...Read More

Season pass deadlines, where to go this winter

With the first dusting of snow appearing on the Wasatch Front on the evening of Sept. 15, winter is upon the Salt Lake Valley in a few short months. It’s time for skiers and snowboarders to consider w...Read More

Tune in to Noon Hoops in Payne

Westminster leaders are growing as a team, literally.Faculty and staff bond over a little fun on the basketball court. Thursdays at noon, any faculty and staff members of Westminster College are invit...Read More

Norm Parrish to lead Westminster’s men’s basketball team

Norm Parrish has been named the new head coach for the Griffin men’s basketball team, after former coach Adam Hiatt stepped down in July.Coach Parrish has extensive experience managing college basketb...Read More

Four locally loved hikes

Living in Salt Lake offers unparalleled outdoor activities. Hiking for the novice to the experienced is right at your doorstep.Hiking is not only a great workout, it offers fantastic views and scenery...Read More

Westminster accepted into NCAA Division II

Westminster College has been approved to begin the three-year Division II membership process for the NCAA.NCAA Division II is one of the three membership divisions at the National Collegiate Athletic ...Read More

Outdoor Program creates lasting community for first-year students

Following annual tradition, the Westminster Outdoor Recreation Orientation took 37 new students on various outdoor trips with student trip leaders for a week before the first-year orientation.Westmins...Read More

Salt Lake students ‘Step Out’ into the wilderness

Surrounded by the tall pine trees of the Uinta National Forest and slightly lopsided tents, six teenage boys looked around on their very first camping trip on Aug. 1.Their experience was made possible...Read More

More than just a wall

It sits proudly over three stories high in the heart of Dolores Dore Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center. Students flock to it with small Velcro cloth shoes in hand and chalk-beaten pants.West...Read More