Pacific sprinter earns NWC weekly track award
Michael Zane becomes the first Pacific athlete since 1976 to run under 11 seconds in the 100 meters
Michael Zane did something Saturday that had not been done by a Pacific athlete in 37 years he ran a sub-11-second time in the 100 meters.
Zane, a junior, won the 100-meter dash at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open, posting an impressive time of 10.91 seconds, and he also went on to finish second in the 200 meters in a season-best 22.29 seconds.
Zanes 100-meter time is the fifth-fastest in school history and it marked the first time that a Pacific runner has ducked under 11 seconds since Bill Penny ran 10.84 in 1976. The performance is also the 10th-fastest in NCAA Division III this season, and it earned Zane selection as the Northwest Conference mens track athlete of the week.
Those performances led a day on which three Boxers won individual events and five made marked changes to Pacifics all-time bests lists.
Michael Teves added another five inches to his season best in the mens pole vault, placing third with a mark of 14 feet, 6 inches. The performance is second all-time behind the school record of 15-6, set by Steve Puckett in 1976, and is seventh-best among Division III athletes this season.
Jeremy Parkinson emerged in the No. 8 position on Pacifics all-time list in the mens long jump, winning the event with a leap of 22-5¾. That mark also ranks seventh on the Division III best list so far this season.
The other changes to Pacifics all-time lists came in the womens pole vault, where the Boxers claimed four of the top five places.
Britta LaVoie won the event with a clearance of 10-1¼, while Katie Johnson was second at 9-1½. Tesla Wright and Emily Geddes equaled Johnsons mark to claim third and fourth, respectively. The performances tie Wright and Geddes for No. 5 on the all-time list.
Pacific returns to action this weekend, traveling to Tacoma, Wash., for the Peyton Scoring Meet on Saturday.
Former Brave bests field in Eugene
Banks graduate Matt Hidalgo topped the mens pole vault field on Saturday at the Oregon Preview, staged at historic Hayward Field in Eugene.
A redshirt sophomore on the University of Oregon track and field team, Hidalgo cleared 16 feet, 4¾ inches and tied with unattached competitor Austin Sodorff for first place. The winning mark was just eight inches off of Hidalgos personal best, which he set at last years Oregon Twilight meet, also staged in Eugene.
Hidalgo won a Class 4A state title for the Braves in his senior season in 2011. He also finished ninth in last years Pac-12 Championships, finishing one spot away from scoring points for Oregon.
The Preview was the first outdoor meet of the season for the Ducks, who were coming off dual NCAA indoor national titles won the previous weekend.
Also competing in the Preview were Hidalgos younger brother, Lucas Hidalgo, a junior on the Banks track team, and Pacific athletes Budweiser Hawkins and Tyler Shipley. The younger Hidalgo did not clear a height in the pole vault, which started at 14-1¼. Hawkins was second in the mens long jump (22-7), while Shipley took 14th in the mens 3,000 (8:31.42).
Hillsboro Hops benefit dinner planned
The Hillsboro Hops will host an inaugural benefit on Saturday, April 19, at the Tuality Health Education Center, with proceeds going to support youth activities in the greater Hillsboro area.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction. The dinner and program will begin at 7 and will feature the 2014 Hops coaching staff, including manager J.R. House, pitching coach Doug Drabek, hitting coach Mark Grace and consultant Ben Petrick.
The purpose of the Hillsboro Hops Fund is to develop and establish a community benefits program, the purpose of which is to promote, foster and support education, health, culture and youth activities including activities for underprivileged youth in the greater Hillsboro area.
Funds raised will be used to refurbish youth baseball fields over the coming years. The Hops are currently focused on fundraising for the first project that will refurbish a Hillsboro baseball field with synthetic turf, allowing year-round use for the youth of Washington County.
To purchase tickets to the event, call the Hillsboro Hops office at 503-640-0887 or purchase online at www.hillsborohops.com/banquet.