Tyler Shipley breaks the Pacific record in the 10,000 meters
Tyler Shipleys record-breaking effort in the mens 10,000 meters at the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker has earned the Pacific distance runner selection as the Northwest Conferences mens track student-athlete of the week.
Shipley, a sophomore from Forest Grove, opened the outdoor season by running a lifetime best and school record during Friday nights distance events in McMinnville. In a competitive race, Shipley crossed the finished line first in a time of 31 minutes, 6.59 seconds.
The performance was not only 52 seconds better than his career best from last season, but also broke the 36-year-old school record of 31:21.1 set by Russ Rodriguez in 1978.
The time would rank Shipley No. 1 in the event on the NCAA Division III best list, but does not qualify because the distance races at the meet were run before the first official qualifying date of March 1.
It was a fine effort by Tyler to open the outdoor campaign, Pacific head coach Tim Boyce said. He ran a smart, controlled race knowing that in his next 10,000 meters we will be looking to really run at his best level.
I am very happy to see him add his name to the school record board.
Shipley enters the outdoor season as the defending NWC champion in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, performances that earned him selection as the NWC Championships mens track athlete of the meet. He ran the conferences top time last year in both events.
This is the fifth time that Shipley has earned NWC student-athlete of the week honors this year. He was recognized four times during the cross-country season as he went on to earn first team All-NWC and All-West Region honors, while also qualifying for the NCAA Division III cross country championships.
During the indoor track season, Shipley ran school records of 8:43.84 in the 3,000 meters and 15:03.59 in the 5,000 meters.