Shattering school records as a sophomore, long distance runner Tyler Shipley has only more to look forward to in his college career.
Shipley broke the record for the men’s 10,000 meters race April 4 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. He finished in 11th place with a time of 30:24:44, which ranks No. 1 this season for the 10,000 meters on the Division III level.
“It’s pretty nice to finally break a record,” said Shipley. “It’s the first record I’ve got, before this I’ve just been close.”
Shipley has the sixth best time in Division III across the United States. That feat earned him this weeks Northwest Conference Weekly Track Honor. Awarded by the conference’s sports information directors, Shipley was chosen April 7.
Despite all of his accomplishments and recognition, he remains humble.
He said a few students have come up and said congratulations, but that his accomplishments haven’t changed much here at Pacific.
Along with competition, Shipley enjoys traveling for the meets.
“It’s nice to travel, see new places,” he said.
The demands of serious competitions limit the time him and Head Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach, Tim Boyce, get to spend sight seeing.
“I was only at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival for 24 hours,” said Shipley about San Francisco. “Get in, run, get out.”
There’s nothing unique about his practice for competitions like this, he assured, despite his ever-improving times.
“I just run faster and train harder,” he said.
With his record-breaking time, he is hoping to qualify for nationals.
“I want to make it,” said Shipley. “I want to make it and be competitive there.”
While nationals are a little further out, Shipley and the whole Boxer team compete at the Pacific Luau Meet here in Forest Grove April 12. The meet begins at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Park Stadium.
“It’s nice to have better results,” said Shipley. “It’s refreshing.”