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Shipley nabs NWC award in first race of season

Tyler Shipley runs to a fourth-place finish against a tough field


A personal best time and a top-four finish for Pacific cross-country standout Tyler Shipley has earned the junior selection as the Northwest Conference’s Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week.

Running in his first race of the season, Shipley placed fourth in the men’s open race at Saturday’s Sundodger Invitational in Seattle. He covered the 8,000-meter course in a personal best of 24 minutes, 42 seconds, finishing just eight seconds behind winner Jack Williams of British Columbia. The time would have been in the top-15 in the meet’s “Invitational Race” for Division I athletes.

In addition to being a personal best by seven seconds, the time puts Shipley just six seconds behind the Pacific 8K record of 24:36.1, which was set by Roger Hansen in 1976.

“It was a nice season opening race for Tyler,” said Pacific head coach Brent Ericksen. “I feel like he is making really good progress towards where he wants to be at the end of the season.”

Shipley was selected for the NWC honor four times during his sophomore season en route to a second-place finish at the 2013 NWC Championships and his second straight berth to the NCAA Division III Championships. On the track, Shipley is a four-time NWC champion, having won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. He broke long-standing school records at both distances last spring.

Shipley and the rest of the Pacific cross-country teams return to competition on Oct. 4, participating in the Willamette Charles Bowles Invitational at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem — the site where Hansen set his school record 38 years ago.

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