Two Pacific athletes nab NWC weekly honors
Budweiser Hawkins and Allie Sims are honored for their excellent performances
A near national-best performance in Budweiser Hawkins first track and field meet of the season has earned the Pacific junior jumper selection as the Northwest Conferences mens student-athlete of the week.
The award, selected by the conferences sports information directors, was announced Monday night.
Participating in his first meet of the year after finishing the Pacific mens basketball season, Hawkins won the long jump at the Rich Allen Classic on Saturday in Newberg. His season-opening jump was the winner at 22 feet, 5 inches. The performance ranks Hawkins No. 4 on the NCAA Division III best list, and for a short time was the top mark in the nation.
Trey opened his season strong, putting out his best mark on jump No. 1, said Pacific track and field coach Tim Boyce. We were also excited to have him join our 400-meter relay. This has the promise to be a fine season ahead for him and the Boxers.
Hawkins was an all-NWC performer in both long jump and high jump in 2013. He placed second in the long jump at the 2013 NWC Championships and had the lead until the final round. Hawkins finished the year with a season best of 22 feet, 11¼ inches, ranking him No. 5 all-time for the Boxers.
Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Allie Sims continued her undefeated season against Whitworth over the weekend, delivering a pair of performances that earned her selection as the NWC softball student-athlete of the week.
Sims improved to 7-0 on the season with two wins over the Pirates last weekend. On Friday, Sims finished one out away from a no-hitter, losing it with a hit in the top of the seventh inning. She finished allowing the one hit and two walks, while striking out three to earn the 2-0 win over the Pirates.
In the first game of Saturdays doubleheader, Sims posted another strong performance to lead the Boxers to a 9-5 win over the Pirates. In 5.1 innings, Sims allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
This is a well deserved honor, Pacific softball coach Tim Hill said. Allies continued improvement is a direct result of her efforts from both a mental and physical perspective. She continues to gain confidence and its now beginning to show in her performances.