Local wins Washington County marathon
Adrian Shipley, of Forest Grove, took first place among all comers in the marathon at the Oregon Road Runners Club Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.
Shipley, 27, covered the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 40 minutes, 47 seconds. The race started at Vernonias Cedar Ridge Retreat Center, and participants traversed the Banks-Vernonia State Trail before hitting the finish line at Banks High School.
Ian Dehner, a 2013 Forest Grove graduate, finished the marathon in 2:59:42. Both he and Shipley posted Boston Marathon-qualifying times. The qualifying standard for men ages 18 to 34 is 3:05:00.
NWC honors two Pacific athletes
Two Pacific athletes added to the Boxers tally of Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors. The most recent awards were announced Monday by conference officials.
Sara Aasness earned the leagues Student-Athlete of the Week honor for softball pitchers, while Giancarlo Battaglia picked up the award for mens tennis.
For Aasness, a senior out of Kirkland, Wash., the award was her second in a row and third overall. She appeared in all five games for the Boxers over the week and pitched three complete games. Last Tuesday, she threw a second consecutive complete game four-hitter to pick up a win against Lewis & Clark, and she gave up just six hits and a run in six innings against PLU on Sunday.
Over the past two weeks, Aasness has yielded just three runs and posted a 0.73 ERA over 28.2 innings. With her recent efforts, she upped her season record to 12-4. She has helped Pacific to a 24-10 regular-season record, including 19-9 in conference play, good for second place. The Boxers are slated to play in the NWC tournament Friday and Saturday in McMinnville.
As for Battaglia, he posted wins in four matches last week to help Pacific to victories against Linfield and Willamette. A junior out of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Battaglia bumped up his record to 5-6 in singles and 7-4 in doubles. The Boxers round out league play Friday at Puget Sound.
Two Boxers set school records
Jesse Bethke broke Pacifics long-standing record in the mens discus and Travis George broke his own record in the mens hammer Saturday, leading a great day for the Boxers track and field teams at the Pacific Luau Meet, held at Lincoln Park Stadium.
Bethke threw a personal best by eight feet to win the discus. His mark of 150 feet, 5 inches surpassed the former record of 149-9, set by Jay Child in 1977. The mark leads the Northwest Conference and ranks among the top-25 marks in Division III.
George put together a seven-foot personal best in the mens hammer, placing second with a mark of 167-2. That bettered the record he set last year of 160-6¾ at the 2013 NWC Championships.
Ladies golf at Forest Hills
Female golfers are invited to join the Tee Timers group to play nine holes weekly on Tuesdays from April through October at Forest Hills Golf Course in Cornelius.
Play starts at 8:30 or 9 a.m., depending on the month. Membership is $45 per year and includes OGA membership and four spring clinics.