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Skipper's victory leads Oregon in Nebraska.

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Led by Tommy Skipper's winning NCAA qualifying mark of 18 feet, 1/2 inch, the University of Oregon put two pole vaulters in the top five Friday at the Husker Invitational indoor track and field meet.

Skipper cleared the winning height on his first attempt of the evening and then missed three attempts at 19- 1/4 , which would have been a meet and Devaney Sports Center record.

The Ducks' Dave Moore tied for third place at 16-6 3/4 , but placed fifth based on having more misses than third-place Tyson Byers of Washington State and Gable Baldwin of Nebraska.

The Duck men advanced two runners to today's finals. Phil Alexander qualified fourth in the 200-meter dash in 21.67 seconds, and Chad Barlow qualified fifth in the 400 in 48.12.

In addition, the Ducks' Jared Huske qualified sixth for today's semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles in 8.11.

Lauryn Jordan and Kalindra McFadden placed in the top five for Oregon's women in the pentathlon.

Jordan had first-place marks in the shot put (39-6) and long jump (19-5 1/4 ) en route to an NCAA provisional mark of 3,718 points and third place. McFadden was fifth with 3,656 points in the event won by Sara Jean Baker, who competed unattached and compiled 4,040 points.

Oregon relay team

seventh at Millrose

NEW YORK - Oregon's 4x800-meter relay team finished seventh among seven college men's teams Friday in the Ducks' first appearance at the Millrose Games since 1983.

The Duck quartet of juniors Michael McGrath and A.J. Casteel and freshmen Ryan Waite and Andrew Wheating finished in 7 minutes, 50.90 seconds, more than 11 seconds behind American University's winning time of 7:39.88. Villanova was second in 7:40.01.

Dearmon's victories

can't lift UO wrestlers

The University of Oregon wrestling teams dropped a pair of Pac-10 wrestling dual meets Friday, falling 33-9 at UC Davis and then 26-12 at Stanford.

Oregon dropped to 6-11 overall and 1-7 in Pac-10 duals after the losses.

Heavyweight Chris Dearmon was the only Duck to win both of his matches, beating UC Davis' Broc Maffia 11-6 and Stanford's Phillip Doerner 9-5.

"It is good to see Chris wrestling so well down the stretch in his final season as a Duck," Oregon coach Chuck Kearney said. "He has been a leader for us, and we want him to finish out his career with a Pac-10 title. If he continues to wrestle as he has recently, he can do it."

Ryan Dunn (125 pounds) and Kyle Bounds (157) also won for Oregon against UC Davis. Justin Pearch (141) won against Stanford, and Joey Lucas (133) won by forfeit.

UC Davis snaps

OSU wrestling streak

DAVIS, Calif. - After handling Oregon earlier in the day, UC Davis ended Oregon State's wrestling winning streak Friday by defeating the Beavers 21-11.

The loss was the first in Pac-10 dual meets for the Beavers (13-2 overall, 5-1 Pac-10), who had won six consecutive duals. UC Davis improved to 6-5 and 5-0.

Oregon State lost three one-point matches and another in overtime. The Aggies won the first four matches of the night, and OSU couldn't make up the deficit.

"We got what we deserved," said OSU coach Jim Zalesky, whose brother Lennie coaches UC Davis. "The way we wrestled, we deserved to get beat. UC Davis wrestled with more emotion and they wanted it more than we did."

Ty Watterson (heavyweight) and Bobby Pfennigs (133) won their seventh consecutive matches for the Beavers, who also got victories from Eric Stevenson (125) and Kyle Bressler (184).

Beadles strong again

as Generals beat Tri-City

PASCO, Wash. - Chris Beadles improved to 5-0 in goal for the Eugene Generals on Friday in a 4-2 Northern Pacific Hockey League victory over the Tri-City Titans.

Beadles, who had back-to-back shutouts of Puget Sound last week, made 17 saves as Eugene improved to 24-18 going into today's game against Tri-City.

Michael Frei, Lucas Romero, Ryan Schank and Besi Ritari scored for Eugene.

The Generals play their regular-season home finale Tuesday against River City at 7 p.m. at Lane Events Center-Ice.

Former Lancer leads

OSU in gymnastics

CORVALLIS - Churchill High School product Jami Lanz finished first in the floor exercise and second in the all-around Friday to lead Oregon State's women's gymnastics team to a 195.825-193.300 victory over Arizona State.

Lanz posted a 9.900 score in the floor exercise and a 39.375 total in the all-around, which left her behind Arizona State's Nicole Harris (39.400).

Oregon State's other event winner was Mandi Rodriguez, who won the vault with a 9.900.

School's in for former

OSU football players

CORVALLIS - Several former Oregon State football players are completing their work toward degrees.

Keith Ellison (2004-05), an all-Pac-10 linebacker in 2005 for the Beavers who was drafted by the NFL's Buffalo Bills, has returned to OSU to finish his requirements for a degree in history.

Bill Swancutt (2001-04), a defensive end and member of the Detroit Lions who missed the 2006 season because of a knee injury, also is finishing his work toward a degree. Swancutt was Pac-10 co-defensive player of the year in 2004 and holds the OSU career record of 59 1/2 tackles for loss.

Inoke Breckterfield (1995-98), a former All-American for the Beavers who played professionally in Canada, is finishing his degree in sociology while working as a student assistant for OSU football coach Mike Riley.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Feb 3, 2007
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