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Pacific records fall at Oregon Preview

TRACK and FIELD: Pacific has a strong showing against some of the top amateur competition in the country

Two record-setting performances highlighted Pacific's showing at the Oregon Preview track and field meet on Saturday, held at the newly renovated Hayward Field in Eugene.

Pacific junior Kelsey Owens smashed her own school record in the women's 1,500 meters, clocking a time of 4:36.96, which was 10 seconds better than her previous mark and three seconds under the provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III National Championships.

'I'm not going to say she's guaranteed a trip to nationals, but the last few years that time would have qualified,' said Pacific head coach Tim Boyce. 'Kelsey could still get faster, too. I wouldn't rule anything out with her.'

Owens' time was sixth best at the Oregon Preview in a field that included Division I, Division II, NAIA and post-graduate amateur runners. In addition, Owens passed Willamette senior Carly Killam for the best time in the country at the Division III level.

The other Pacific record that fell over the weekend was the women's triple jump. Junior Risa Allen went a foot and a half over the school record with a jump of 35 feet, 4 inches. That mark is the best in the Northwest Conference this season and earned Allen NWC Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors.

'We had some nice efforts,' Boyce said of his team's performance in Eugene. 'I'd say we're ahead of schedule right now. We've got a few kids knocking on the door to qualify for the conference meet.'

Elsewhere, junior Bobby Larkins finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 45 feet, 3 inches.

Reggie Torres finished eighth in the 100-meter dash (11.53), Nathan Gilpin finished 10th in the 400 meters (52.55) and Carson Bartlett took fifth in the high jump (6 feet, 3.5 inches).

In B Section results, Pacific's Eric Coats finished ninth in the 800 meters (2:00.89) and Steve Stoller took 11th in the same race (2:03.68). Adrian Shipley finished 11th in the B Section of the 3,000 meters (9:07.00).