The freshman from Forest Grove closes in on the school record in the 5,000 meters

Tyler Shipley closed in on the Pacific record in the men’s 5,000 meters and also ran one of the fastest times in the nation on Saturday at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open.

Shipley, a freshman from Forest Grove, was a winner in the 5,000 by nearly nine seconds, finishing in 15:00.47.

The effort ranks as the second-fastest time in school history behind the 14:36.8 run by Roger Hansen in 1976, and it also ranks as the 17th-fastest time run by an NCAA Division III athlete this season.

Shipley’s winning performance led 11 Pacific athletes to finish in the top eight in their respective events.

Kelson Kawai and Budweiser Hawkins tied for second place in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches. Hawkins also placed third in the long jump with a mark of 21-11, while Kawai was sixth in the triple jump at 42-8.

Trey Oshiro-Atabay finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 21-7½ and Jeremy Parkinson took seventh in the high jump with a clearance of 5 -10.

Women’s sprinter Kelli Aken-Pagdilao came close to eclipsing her own record in the 100 meters, finishing fourth in a time of 12.76 seconds. She also placed fourth in the 200 with a season best of 26.27.

In the men’s sprints, the 4x400-meter relay team of Spencer Wilson, Stefan Lemak, Oshiro-Atabay and Sean Valente placed second in 3:27.77.

Daniel Wagner finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.80 seconds while Michael Hunker was sixth in 16.05.

Mackenzie Huddleston led Pacific’s efforts in the throws, placing fourth in the women’s javelin with a season best 113 feet, 9 inches. Aaron Koford finished sixth in the men’s discus with an effort of 126-9, while Tim Claussen placed eighth with a mark of 125-10.

Pacific will return to action on Saturday, competing at the Peyton Scoring Meet at the University of Puget Sound.

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