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Shipley earns bid to NCAA meet

Tyler Shipley secured his second straight trip to the national meet Saturday, placing in the top 10 to lead the Pacific cross-country teams at the NCAA Division III West Regional Championships, held on the campuses of Pomona and Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, Calif.

Shipley earned All-West Region honors with a seventh-place finish, covering the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25 minutes, 16.97 seconds. He was the fourth individual runner not from one of the top two teams, which earned him a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division III National Championships.

“Tyler ran well and did what he needed to return to nationals,” Pacific head coach Tim Boyce said. “He did not need to extend himself over the final two miles and ran very intelligently.”

Shipley, a 2012 Forest Grove High School graduate, led a young Pacific men’s team to a 17th-place finish, compiling 464 points. The Pacific women finished 18th with 477 points, led by Elaina Gillespie’s 81st-place individual finish (24:39.22) in the 6K race. Olivia Masek-McIntosh, another FGHS grad, finished 108th in 25:38.09.

“Very pleased with the efforts by our women’s team, which overcame adversity all season to have a solid concluding race,” Boyce said. “All can return next season, which is great. I also appreciate the efforts all the men gave and thank Rudy Sanchez for his four years as a Boxers’ harrier.”

The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held on Saturday in Hanover, Ind.

Zitani nabs NWC basketball award

A trio of double-digit scoring performances during the opening weekend of the season has earned Pacific forward Daniel Zitani selection as the Northwest Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week.

Zitani, a senior, finished the Boxers’ three-game Southern California road trip with 62 points and 25 rebounds. He connected on 63 percent of his shots from the field and went 14-of-20 from the free throw line.

“For Daniel to receive this award is a testament to his play,” Pacific head coach Tim Cleary said. “He has earned the success he is having to this point of the season. He sacrificed immensely throughout the off-season and has worked as hard on his game as any player I have coached.

“The challenge for him going forward will be to maintain his level of play as teams begin to scheme to slow him down. I am confident that he will be able to adjust.”

Zitani opened the weekend by scoring a career-high 28 points against La Verne last Friday, connecting on 10-of-13 shots from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. He added his first double-double of the season in Saturday’s victory over Caltech, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

In Sunday’s finale at La Sierra, Zitani led the Boxers with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and a blocked shot.



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