Boxers finish 2nd at NWC track meet

Tyler Shipley’s distance double and seven more all-conference finishes led the Pacific men to their best finish in 38 years Saturday on the final day of the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships in Tacoma, Wash.

Shipley won the 10,000 meters on Friday and completed his double by winning the 5,000 on Saturday. In doing so, he was named the men’s track athlete of the meet for the second straight season.

Shipley’s two titles led the Boxers to a second-place team finish with 106 points. It is the sixth time in school history that the Pacific men have finished second in the NWC Championships, and the first time since 1976.

Pacific edged out Willamette and Pacific Lutheran, which tied for third with 102 points. Whitworth captured its fifth consecutive team title with a total of 225 points.

Shipley led from start to finish in the 5,000 meters, cruising to the title with a three-second personal best of 14 minutes, 54.73 seconds. The finish was 11 seconds better than runner-up Parker Bennett of Willamette. One day earlier, Shipley raced to victory in the 10,000 with a time of 32:02.36, finishing seven seconds ahead of George Fox’s Kody Tarbell.

Kelson Kawai earned All-NWC honors in his final conference meet, clearing 6 feet, 4¼ inches to earn third place in the high jump. Kawai also placed second in the triple jump (44-5½) and eighth in the long jump (21-4¾)

Budweiser Hawkins was the runner-up in the long jump for the second straight season with a mark of 22-5¼. He went on to place fourth in the high jump (6-4¼).

Pacific’s other scoring athletes included Daniel Wagner (second place, 110-meter hurdles; second, 400 hurdles), Trey Oshiro-Atabay (fourth, 400 meters), Jeremy Parkinson (fifth, triple jump), Travis George (fifth, hammer throw), Kris Sapp (sixth, 200; seventh, 100), Michael Zane (seventh, 200), Michael Teves (seventh, pole vault), Taylor Hickson (eighth, javelin), Jesse Bethke (eighth, discus) and Sean Higginbotham (eighth, 400).

Saturday games will start earlier

The Hillsboro Hops announced this week that their Saturday home baseball games during the 2014 season will be moved up almost two hours to start at 5:03 p.m.

“We know that families make up a large percentage of our fan base and we wanted to change our Saturday start times to make it more convenient for kids to attend our games,” said Hops vice president and general manager K.L. Wombacher.

First pitch for Sunday home games will be 1:35 or 4:05 p.m. with the opportunity for kids 14 and under to run the bases at Hillsboro Ballpark following the game.

In an effort to make the ballpark even more family friendly, the Hops will be launching a new “Kids Zone” located beyond the left field fence. This area will be free to kids and will include activities for all ages.

Sunset Speedway opens this week

Sunset Speedway Park is chomping at the bit to get its first race of 2014 in the books. It looks like the dirt will finally get a chance to fly this Saturday as the busy summer schedule gets under way.

Classes in action will include the Northwest Extreme Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4-Bee’s, 600cc Open Micros and the 600cc Restricted Micros.

Front gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6. Tickets for the event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and teenagers, and $5 for youths. Children under the age of 5 are free.

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