Tyler Shipley sets a 42-second personal best in the 10,000 and breaks his own school record

Tyler Shipley’s record performance in the men’s 10,000 meters last Friday has earned the Pacific sophomore selection as the Northwest Conference Men’s Track Student-Athlete of the Week.

The award, as selected by the conference’s sports information directors, was announced on Monday.

Shipley, a 2011 Forest Grove High School graduate, shattered his own school record in the 10,000 with his 11th-place finish at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday. The top small-school finisher in a field loaded with Division I and II talent, Shipley crossed the finish line in 30 minutes, 24.44 seconds.

The performance was a 42-second improvement over his previous season best, a 31:06.59 run at the Linfield Icebreaker on Feb. 28. That effort broke the long-standing school record of 31:21.2, set by Russ Rodriguez in 1978, and also earned Shipley distinction as NWC Men’s Track Student-Athlete of the Week.

Shipley’s time was also the best in country in NCAA Division III for about 12 hours before it was surpassed by two other athletes, topped by an impressive 28:52.73 by North Central’s John Crain at the Stanford Invitational. Shipley comes into the week with the sixth best time in the nation.

“It was an excellent race by Tyler and the fastest 10,000 meters in the NWC in 15 years,” Pacific coach Tim Boyce said. “He has significant goals for the future and this result shows that he is on the right path to achieve them.”

The reigning NWC champion in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Shipley is lining up to have a year that could land him at the NCAA Division III Championships. His time on Friday was a 1 minute, 34 second improvement over his season best from last year.

Shipley and the rest of the Pacific track and field team will host their first home meet of the 2014 season on Saturday with the Pacific Luau Meet at Lincoln Park.