Skipper passes Pre.Byline: Curtis Anderson The Register-Guard
SACRAMENTO - Tommy Skipper only needed one jump to become Oregon's first five-time NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association champion on Friday.
The incomparable UO senior cleared 18 feet, one-half inch on his opening height in the pole vault pole vault
Track-and-field event consisting of a vault for height over a crossbar with the aid of a long pole. It became a competitive sport in the mid-19th century and was included in the first modern Olympic Games. , and when the other two vaulters still alive in the competition couldn't match that effort, he was declared the winner at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Skipper wanted to give the announced crowd of 8,151 at Hornet Stadium Hornet Stadium is a 21,195 seat football stadium in Sacramento, California. It is located at Sacramento State. It was completed in 1969. It is the home football stadium of the Sacramento State Hornets. a few more clearances to savor, but he missed all three attempts at 18-4 1/2 .
`I was actually pretty disappointed with the results,' said Skipper, who collected his third outdoor title to go along with two indoor crowns. `I would have liked to have gone out a little better, but you can't dwell on it. I'll move on and do better at the next meet.'
Coming into the NCAAs, Skipper and legendary distance runner distance runner
A runner who competes in distance races. Steve Prefontaine Steve Roland Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) (nicknamed Pre) was an American Olympic runner who inspired a running boom in the 1970s along with contemporaries Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers. were the only two Ducks with four national titles. Pre collected a trio of 3-mile victories at the meet in 1970, '71 and '73, plus a 5,000-meter crown in '72.
Skipper did not take the accomplishment lightly.
`I'm honored,' he said. `I'm thankful for all the things that have happened to me at Oregon. ... I know it will be a great steppingstone step·ping·stone
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2. An advantageous position for advancement toward a goal. to the next level, and hopefully, I can always come back to Hayward Field For other uses of "Hayward", see Hayward (disambiguation).
Hayward Field at University of Oregon is one of the most well-known historic track and field stadiums in the United States. It has been the home to the University of Oregon Track and Field teams since 1919. , and have the fans there, and hear the roar.'
Skipper's immediate plans are to prepare for the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis in two weeks.
He continues to recover from a torn calf muscle The calf or gastrosoleus is a pair of muscles—the gastrocnemius and soleus—at the back of the lower human leg.
The gastrosoleus complex is connected to the foot through the Achilles tendon, and contract to induce plantar flexion and stabilization of the suffered last February, and he said he would most likely sign with an agent within the next two weeks, a decision that will determine where he will set up his training base heading into the Olympic Trials.
`Talk to me in two weeks, and I'll tell you,' Skipper said. `I do intend to come back and finish school next year by taking some online classes. I've had a good run at the UO, and I'm ready I'm Ready is the double platinum second release from R&B singer Tevin Campbell. I'm Ready yielded the biggest R&B hit of his career the #1 R&B smash "Can We Talk", and produce 3 more successful hits in "I'm Ready", "Always In My Heart" and "Don't Say Goodbye Girl". to go on. I want to thank all the staff at Oregon, everybody has been very gracious to me, and the coaches have always been behind me.'
Vin Lananna, the UO director of track and field, had no doubt that the future is very bright for the Pac-10 outdoor and UO record-holder in the pole vault at 19- 1/4 .
`How can you not like Tommy Skipper?' he said. `He's got it all. He's a phenomenal athlete and a phenomenal personality. He has done a tremendous amount for the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. , and I also believe the university has done some great stuff for him. We've both benefited, and I hope that everything he wants to do, he does.'
Remarkably, Oregon's work at the NCAA meet is now done, at least on the men's side.
The Ducks finish with a total of 20 points. Skipper scored 10 points with his win, junior Galen Rupp Galen Rupp (born May 8 1986 in Portland, Oregon) is an American cross-country and track and field athlete. He is one of the nation's top young distance runners, having set important junior national and American high school records while competing for Portland, Oregon's Central added eight with his second place in the 10,000 on Thursday, and senior Ryan Brandel closed things out with two points after taking seventh in the javelin.
It was a tough night for Brandel.
The Pac-10 champion, who stands third on the UO all-time list with a PR of 238-0, only got two fair throws out of six attempts. His best mark - 225-11 - came on his first throw, and he wasn't able to improve after four straight fouls.
`I really wanted to win, but it just wasn't there,' Brandel said. `The other guys were better today. I've had a great year, and I have to keep my head high. I'm grateful for all the support I've gotten over the years from the coaching staff, my teammates and my family. It's something I'll walk away with for the rest of my life.'
Although he won't score, UO junior Marcus Dillon added his name to the growing list of all-American quarter-milers at Oregon. The New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded native placed fourth in his semifinal heat of the 400 with a PR of 46.18. He missed today's final by four-hundredths of a second. Dillon was slowed by a groin injury this week, and when it came time to power down the stretch, he couldn't find that extra gear.
`On that last 100, I felt great,' he said. `I was trying to get the kid from LSU LSU Louisiana State University
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Dillon, who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. and competed in three junior colleges before enrolling at Oregon this year, finished ninth overall as the fastest non-qualifier. However, he still earns an all-American certificate as a top-eight finisher from the U.S. because Florida State junior Ricardo Chambers, who won his heat at 45.46, hails from Jamaica.
`This is just the beginning,' promised Dillon, who stands sixth on the all-time UO list. `It builds my confidence for next year.'
The Ducks have had 400 finalists in each of the past two NCAA meets. Matt Scherer placed fifth last season, and Kedar Inico was eighth in 2005.
In fact, it was Inico, a former teammate at Barton Community College in Kansas, who counseled Dillon that his times would drop if he stayed true to his training regimen.
`The last time I heard from Kedar was during indoors when my confidence was down,' Dillon said. `He told me, `you're doing better than me when I started, and once you adjust to the workouts, and hitting those hills, your times will come,' and it's just like he said.'