Track and field: Records broken at meet

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The Boxer track and field season is underway on the indoor stage.

The 2016 Men’s and Women’s teams got the chance to start out the season at the world’s fastest track, The Nike+ Run Club House of Track.

The indoor track is located in a vacant warehouse in Portland’s Pearl District.

The 200-meter green banked track will be used in March at the USATF Indoor Championships and the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center.

“It was really a cool thing for our student- athletes to get the first opportunity to compete there,” said head coach Matt Lydum. “It’s not often in any sport that you get to compete at a state of the art venue.”

The world’s fastest track certainly lived up to its name as Pacific has been setting record after record in the first three meets at The Nike+ Run Club House of Track.

Five indoor school records fell in the meet on Feb. 29. With a time of 2:22.12 in the 800 meters, Jessica Knoll beat her own school record, which she had set in the season’s first meet.

Stephenie Spencer shattered her own standard in the mile run with a time of 5:11.54. Breezy Brookbank won her heat in the 400 meters and set a new Pacific record at 1:02.18, and Shannon Hammond did the same in the high jump with a leap of 5-2.25.

“The indoor facility was really cool,” said Hammond. “It was fun because we were able to compete with Olympic athletes and we were able to watch them.”

Both men’s and women’s teams are making great strides in training and are gearing up for the outdoor track season, which begins on March 5.


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