OC grads excel at Oregon
Austin, TEXAS University of Oregon red-shirt freshman Greg Skipper came through with an outstanding performance at the Texas Relays March 27-30, placing second in the mens hammer with a career-best toss of 216-5.
It was a six-foot personal record for the 2011 graduate of Oregon City High School, who sat out last season with an injury. Five of Skippers six throws bettered his previous best mark.
The throw was the ninth-best in University of Oregon history.
Skipper finished runner-up to UCLA junior Alex Faldermeyer (228-10).
The Texas Relays included 2,200 athletes from 204 college teams.
Skipper and Oregon City graduate Trevor Ferguson played major roles last weekend, as Oregons fourth-ranked mens team upset top-ranked Texas A&M at the Pepsi Team Invitational, hosted by the Ducks on Saturday. Oregon men tallied 194-1/2 points; Texas A&M was second, with 180-1/2.
Skipper won the hammer with a throw of 216-4, just an inch off his week-old personal record. No one was close. Texas A&Ms Casey Strong threw the hammer 193-9, for second place.
Ferguson, a sophomore at Oregon, finished runner-up in the long jump, with a lifetime best leap of 24-0-3/4. Stephan Scott-Ellis of Washington State won the long jump with a leap of 24-9.