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Budweiser is the king of jumps at NWC meet

Budweiser Hawkins sweeps the jumping events for Pacific


Pacific senior Budweiser Hawkins completed an unprecedented sweep of the jumping events at the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships over the weekend, winning the long jump, triple jump and high jump and singlehandedly accounted for 34 of the Boxers’ 93 points at the meet.

Hawkins opened the competition with the long jump on Friday. Having lost on the final jump of the NWC Championships in each of the last two seasons, Hawkins left nothing to chance this time around, leaping 23 feet, 3¼ inches to capture his first conference title and post the best mark by a Pacific athlete since 1976.

On Saturday, Hawkins dominated both the high jump and triple jump to cruise to his second and third wins at the championships and become the first athlete in conference history to sweep all three jumping disciplines at the NWC meet.

He opened the day with a lifetime best in the high jump, clearing 6-7½ to win by more than an inch. That mark moved Hawkins up to No. 5 on Pacific’s all-time list, trailing only a quartet of athletes tied for the school record at 6-8.

Hawkins went on to win the triple jump in just his second ever collegiate competition in the event. His winning mark of 47-3¾ stands as the second-best mark on the Pacific all-time list, trailing only the record of 49-10½ set by Randy Jones in 1979.

Combined with his fifth place finish in the 100 meters in 11.07 seconds, Hawkins scored 34 teams point for Pacific, which finished fourth overall. For his efforts, Hawkins was selected as the men’s field athlete of the meet.

In addition to Hawkins’ two titles, Pacific had eight other athletes earn All-NWC honors with top-three finishes, as well as a total of nine improvements or additions to the school’s all-time top-10 lists.

Elsewhere, Forest Grove High School graduate Tyler Shipley, who now competes for Puget Sound, defended his NWC titles in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Shipley cruised to victory in the 10,000 in 32:08.46, beating runner-up Yonny Castillo of Willamette by 10 seconds. Shipley made it a clean sweep on Saturday when he surged to an easy victory in the 5,000 in 14:57.71, beating Castillo by 22 seconds.

With the NWC Championships complete, Pacific will return home for the second of two home meets this season. The Boxers will host the Pacific Twilight on Friday and Saturday at Hansen Field.

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