As senior nights occur across various sports programs within Pacific University, seniors reflect on their last home game and what it meant for them to be a part of the program. 

Bella Portillo, a senior utility player for Pacific’s softball team, explained how her connections throughout her time at Pacific had made her experience that much more memorable. She describes how her senior day was “unforgettable” and an overall “day to remember.”

“Being able to celebrate my class and what we have accomplished was so much fun,” Portillo said. “The one thing I will miss the most about Pacific is the people. Especially my teammates, my sisters.”

Morgan Henry, senior runner for both Pacific’s cross country and track & field team, also explained how her Senior Day was one to remember. Nonetheless, she enjoyed every second of being on the track that day and felt bittersweet knowing it was time to hang up the spikes.

“On Senior Day, the track team had the pleasure of experiencing true Oregon weather. There was hail, wind, sun, and rain within the entirety of the meet,” Henry said. “But spirits were still high, cheering on all of our teammates and friends. So many pictures were taken, sweet notes and gifts were given to us for our accomplishments. It was a great day to be a boxer.” 

Nolan McNeill, senior 3rd baseman for Pacific’s baseball team, stated how he saw Senior Day as celebrating the accomplishments that he has had throughout his career at Pacific and celebrating his teammates just as much.

“The experience was definitely something I will remember,” McNeill stated. “Being honored with the rest of the guys was amazing. We spend so much time together on and off the field that you feel joy for yourself and the guys around you and all they have accomplished.” — Todd Takeuchi

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Todd Takeuchi is a senior from Torrance, CA. He is majoring in Journalism, with a minor in Film/Video Production, and also plays for the baseball team at Pacific University. He hopes to make a career in the sports media industry after college. 

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