TACOMA, Washington – Puget Sound distance runner Tyler Shipley recently received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which he will use towards a master's degree as he pursues a career in coaching.
In addition to holding a 3.67 GPA while studying anthropology, Shipley had a tremendous athletic year as a senior. The Forest Grove, Oregon native was the 2015 Northwest Conference Men's Cross Country Champion, and he was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region Male Athlete of the Year.
"Tyler's hard work both athletically and academically continues to pay dividends," said Puget Sound head coach Mike Orechia. "We are very fortunate to have Tyler as a leader for our cross country and track & field programs."
Shipley earned All-American status in the outdoor 10,000-m run by placing third in the nation with a time of 30:55.25. He also earned All-American in the indoor 5,000-m run with a time of 14:29.14, good for fifth in the nation. Shipley holds the Puget Sound record in both the 10,000-m (30:19.25) and the 5,000-m (14:25.46).
In April this year, Shipley was named Puget Sound's Male Student-Athlete of the Year during the annual All-Sports Celebration. Shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 outdoor track & field season, Shipley was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Shipley is the second Logger in as many years to receive the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Former football student-athlete Max Mirande '15 earned the scholarship last year.
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