Shipley turns in strong showing

Tyler Shipley highlighted Pacific’s first appearance at the prestigous Charles Bowles Invitational since 2010, recording his fourth top-five finish of the cross-country season on Saturday at Bush Park in Salem.

Running in the men’s “Cardinal” division, Shipley clocked a time of 24:54.71 on the 8,000-meter course to finish fifth, coming in ahead of every NCAA Division III runner in the field. Shipley’s efforts were rewarded with his fourth selection as the Northwest Conference Cross-Country Student-Athlete of the Week.

Pacific teammates Benjamin Thomas and Rudy Sanchez posted season-best efforts to place 76th and 79th, respectively, in the men’s race. Thomas crossed the line in 26:55.38, a personal best at the distance by nearly two minutes, while Sanchez’s time of 26:59.44 was a seasonal best by three seconds.

“I was overall pleased with our efforts today,” said Pacific cross-country coach Tim Boyce. “Tyler and our top three guys had excellent results, but we need to close the gap with our remaining runners. As we close our top five, big improvement is possible.”

Sidney Davis paced the Pacific women’s team with a 68th-place finish in a career-best time of 19:28.79 on the 5,000-meter course. The effort earned Davis the No. 13 spot on Pacific’s all-time top-25 list at that distance.

Forest Grove High School graduate Olivia Masek- McIntosh was the Boxers’ No. 2 finisher in the women’s race, placing 99th in 19:59.88.

Areta earns NWC weekly honors

Pacific freshman Una Areta was named the Northwest Conference Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week for her role in the Boxers’ wins over Willamette and Linfield last week.

Pacific evened its NWC record at 3-3 (4-9 overall) with a pair of decisive road victories. The Boxers survived a scare from Willamette last Friday, winning 26-24, 19-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10, and they backed it up with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 sweep of Linfield on Saturday.

Areta shined in both matches, recording her first double-double of the season against Willamette with 24 kills and 19 digs. She finished just shy of another double-double the next night against Linfield, recording 13 kills and eight digs.

Pacific can help break up a five-way tie in the NWC standings with a home match this Friday against Lewis & Clark (4-8, 3-3), followed by a road trip to Tacoma to face 16th-ranked Puget Sound (10-5, 5-1) on Saturday.

Registration for FG Junior Viks

The Forest Grove Junior Viks wrestling program will be holding sign-ups from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Forest Grove High School wrestling gym.

Registration forms and other info can be picked up in advance at Frye’s Action Athletics. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., with an intense practice session available until 7:30. Matches will be held on Saturdays and some weeknights. Uniforms will be provided, but athletes will need to provide their own wrestling shoes.

As part of the Junior Viks wrestling program, beginning wrestlers will be exposed to a series of fun yet challenging games, drills, and exercises that will help them master the elements of balance, rhythm, spatial orientation, and the ability to react to both auditory and visual stimuli. Youth wrestling also helps equip kids with a healthy dose of competitive spirit and self-discipline. Because they are grouped by size and ability, all of the kids will be challenged within reason.

For more information, contact Ricci Oberg at 503-535-9165 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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