Ferguson, Skipper excel at Oregon
And they get special recognition at the Ducks awards banquet
Oregon City High School graduates Trevor Ferguson and Greg Skipper received special recognition at the University of Oregons annual track and field banquet.
Ferguson, a sophomore in eligibility, was among four recipients of the Coaches Award, which recognizes athletic achievement, dedication and determination. Also honored were senior Alexi Pappas, junior Parker Stinson and sophomore Jillian Weir.
Skipper, a redshirt freshman, and Oregon junior Mac Fleet received the Dow Wilson Inspirational Award, presented to the male track and field athlete whose athletic achievements and leadership provide inspiration to their teammates.
Ferguson scored in three events at the 2013 Pac 12 Conference Track and Field Championships, placing second in the long jump (24-6-1/4); third in the high hurdles, in a personal record time of 14.32; and seventh in the triple jump, with a leap of 48-0-1/2.
Skipper, who was sidelined with a back injury in 2012, his first season as a Duck, came back this season and placed second at the Pac 12 Championships in the hammer throw, with a lifetime best mark of 222-6.
And on June 6, Skipper did himself proud, placing fourth in the hammer with an effort of 219-11 at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships, which were hosted by Oregon. He was within eight feet of the winning mark, 227-3 by Virginia Tech freshman Tomas Kruzliak.
Ferguson fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, but he helped the Ducks run away with the Pac 12 mens team title, scoring 16 of Oregons 149-1/2 points at the conference championships. USC men scored 108 and finished second.