Pacific Athletes of the Week
Andrew QuallioTrack and field
Broke the meet record for the mile and the two mile in the Trojans’ first appearance in the 6th Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Meet at Camp Foster, Okinawa.
Quallio, a junior, ran the 3,200 meters in 9 minutes, 58.95 seconds on Friday, topping the old record of 10:20 set by Eric Shimoda of St. Mary’s International in 2004. The next day, Quallio clocked the 1,600 in 4:37.57, besting the old standard of 4:46 set in 2006 by Tim Nabonne of Kadena.
“He ran really solidly,” coach Mitch Moellendick said, adding that he foresees Quallio running the mile in under 4:35 this season. “He’s a very good leader. He knows when to pump people up, he knows what needs to be done and how to go about doing it.”
Shelby WitschenTrack and field
Won the 400 meters and anchored the Panthers’ gold medal-winning 400-meter relay team as Kadena won seven events and became the first school to sweep the boys and girls team titles in the Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Meet at Camp Foster, Okinawa.
Witschen, a senior captain, nosed out Jung Ji Kim of Christian Academy In Japan 1:05.63-1:05.86 in the 400, then helped the Panthers edge Seisen 54.08-54.48 in the 400 relay.
“The leadership she provides the team is invaluable,” coach Beth Pulaski said. “She works hard, she has a great attitude and she encourages her teammates to work hard as well. And she really pushed herself in all events.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff