In the final meet before the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships, some of the Boxers had a record day before going into the biggest event of the season thus far.

Senior Chloe Hallyburton set a school record in the high jump at the Lewis and Clark Invitational with a mark of five-feet three inches; which is a half-inch better than the previous record of five-feet two and a half-inches set by Brooke Barker in 2005.

On the men’s side, Kelson Kawai took second place in the high jump with a six-foot, two-inch leap.

The throwers have also been performing well.

In the Pacific Lu’au meet, junior Anna Toyas won the women’s javelin with a personal record of 122 feet, four-inches. A week later at Lewis and Clark, Toyas took first again with a throw of 119 feet, eight-inches.

The Boxers swept the top three discus throwers at Lewis and Clark with sophomore Jesse Bethke taking first place after a 142 feet, two-inch throw.  Junior Aaron Koford took second and qualified for the conference meet with a throw of 135 feet, eight-inches.  Junior Chris Johnson rounded out the top three with a 130 foot, five-inch throw.

Junior Travis George also qualified for the NWC Conference Meet with a second place performance in the hammer throw after a 153 foot, ten-inch throw, a personal best.  George’s throw was also just two feet behind the school record.

Freshman Jeremy Parkinson took first place in the triple jump with a season best jump of 44 feet, 8 3/4 inches; the eighth best distance in school history.  Sophomore Budweiser Hawkins placed second in the long jump with a 21 foot, 6 1/4 inch jump.

On the track side, freshman Sidney Davis won her first ever steeplechase, qualifying for the Conference Meet with a time of 12:37.17. Junior Kelli Aken-Pagdilao won the 100-meter race with a 12.80 time.

Senior Michael Hunker won the 110-meter hurdles with a season best time of 15.65.  The team of sophomores Craig Bailey, Matthew Dodier, Michael Zane and junior Sean Valente placed second in the short relay with a season best time of 42.77.

The women’s team of freshman Alexis Damo, sophomore Emily Tuffey and juniors Sarah Tuffey and Aken-Pagdilao took third with a time of 50.37.

Another Boxer to set a season best time was sophomore Trey Oshiro-Atabay in the men’s 400-meter race with a third place finish in 50.85 seconds.

At the end of the day, Pacific was the winner of the men’s team race for the second straight week.  The Boxers finished with 137 points, beating second place Linfield by 24.5 points.  The women finished third with 118 points.

The next meet for the track and field team is the NWC Conference Championship Meet, which will be Friday, April 26 at Willamette University.


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