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Shipley makes waves with top-15 finish at Sundodger Invite
Written by Blake Timm    Saturday, 15 September 2012 21:22   

Cross Country - Sundodger Invitational:

SEATTLE – Competing in just his second collegiate cross country race, Tyler Shipley (Fr., Forest Grove, Ore.) showed the potential to not only be one of the strongest runners in the Northwest Conference, but one of a rare group of elite Pacific runners all-time.
 
Shipley performed well against a loaded small college field in the men’s open race at the Sundodger Invitational Saturday, held at Seattle’s Lincoln Park.  The first Division III to cross the line, Shipley placed 13th in the 236-runner field with a time of 25:29.42and finished less than a second ahead of Pacific Lutheran’s Alan DenAdel.
 
The time ranks Shipley No. 8 on Pacific’s All-Time List in just his first race at the championship 8,000-meter distance and it is just the sixth sub-26 minute performance for a Pacific athlete in the last 30 years.  Teammates Dan Flora (Sr., North Bend, Ore.) and Joe Deardorff (Sr., Independence, Ore.) both ducked under 26 minutes at last year’s NWC Championships.
 
Shipley’s performance led the Boxers to a 14th place finish in the meet as they compiled 383 points. The Pacific women also finished in 14th place in the team standings with a total of 367 points.  A total of five Pacific athletes either debuted times or improve times on Pacific’s all-time lists.
 
On the women’s side, Jilinda Franklin (Sr., Fort Jones, Calif.) completed her first race of the season at the championship 6,000-meter distance with a personal best to lead the Boxers. Franklin finished in 54th place with a time of 23:45.63.  She improved her best, set at last year’s NCAA West Regional, by 14 seconds and moved up to No. 9 on the Pacific All-Time Best List.
 
Rachel Schreiber (So., Longmont, Colo.) finished in 84th place in a time of 24:19.67, while Kiersten Iwai (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) placed 89th in 24:23.48, improving her lifetime best by eight seconds,  Hayley Brusewitz (Jr., Longview, Wash.) cut 38 seconds off her lifetime best with her 99th place time of 24:30.95.  The performance moved Brusewitz up to No. 17 on the All-Time Best List, just behind Iwai.  Sidney Davis (Fr., Redmond, Ore.) debuted on the all-time best list at No. 18 with a time of 23:39.53.
 
Deardorff was the No. 2 runner for the Pacific men, finishing in 73rd place with a time of 26:26.35. Flora finished in 111th place with a time of 27:00.14 and Rudy Sanchez was 143rd in a time of 27:32.85.
 
British Columbia was the team winner in the men’s open race, which features all non-Division I entrants in the meet, with 48 points.  Whitworth was the top NWC team, placing sixth with 212 points.
 
Lewis & Clark captured team honors in the women’s open race with a total of 62 points.  The Pioneers’ Emily Thomas won the individual champion with a time of 21:49.61.
 
Pacific returns to action next Saturday as they compete at the Northwest Classic on the campus of Lane Community College in Eugene.

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