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TOMMY SKIPPER
Events: Pole Vault
Height: 6-2
Weight: 170
PR: 5.80m/19-0.25 (2007)
Born: September 19, 1984 in Portland, Ore.
Current Residence: Sandy, Ore.
High School: Sandy (Ore.) HS '03
Colleges: Oregon '07
Coach: Dan Steele

Career Highlights: 3rd at 2006 USA Outdoor; 3-time NCAA Outdoor champion (’04, ’06, ’07); 2-time NCAA Indoor champion (’05, ’06); 2005 USA Indoor runner-up; 2-time USA Junior champion; 2003 National Prep Athlete of the Year

Skipper successfully defended his outdoor NCAA championships in 2007 and followed it up with a 7th place finish at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships. Also in 2007 he increased his personal best with his winning clearance of 5.80m/19-0.25 on May 25 at his home track, Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. During his junior year at the University of Oregon in 2006, Skipper dominated the college scene in winning the NCAA Div. I Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and in doing so he became the first Oregon athlete to win NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the same year. He also joined former Duck distance great Steve Prefontaine as the school’s second four-time NCAA champion. He ranks first for UO and in the Pac-10 and seventh all-time on the collegiate outdoor pole vault list, thanks to his opening clearance at 5.79m/19-0 at the 2006 Oregon Preview in March 2006. Shortly after winning the 2005 NCAA Indoor crown he underwent knee surgery and missed most of the 2005 outdoor season. As a freshman in 2004, he continued his family's storied Duck legacy with a record-breaking collegiate debut both indoors and outdoors. He upped his personal best by 7.5 inches in the pole vault that season, won the NCAA Outdoor title and rewrote UO's pole vault record by 3.75 inches (5.75m/18-10.25), formerly held by Olympian Kory Tarpenning (5.65m/18-6.5, 1985). He is also the Oregon indoor pole vault record holder, thanks to his freshman season clearance of 18-10 1/4 (5.71m) in the United Heritage Invitational in Nampa, Idaho in February 2004.One of the most accomplished performers in Oregon and national prep history, the 2003 Athlete of the Year and outdoor high school pole vault record holder (5.56m/18-3) won four Oregon 4A state titles (3 pole vault, 1 100m) among his 10, top-eight honors in the sprints, jumps, hurdles and javelin. Skipper followed the path to the University of Oregon of his older brother Art, who as a high school senior in 1988 was a national prep record holder in the javelin (79.20m/259-10) and T&FN national boy’s Athlete of the Year. A 1993 World Championships qualifier after taking second at the 1993 USA Championships, Art Skipper was killed in a small plane crash near his home in Sandy, Ore., in October 2001.

2007: 7th at USA Outdoors (5.60m/18-4.5)…NCAA Outdoor champion (5.50m/18-0.5)…1st at Eugene (5.80m/19-0. 25PR)…ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 5.80m/19-0.25.
2006:  1st at NCAA Outdoors ( 5.70m/18-8.25)…1st at NCAA Indoors (5.65m/18-6.5)…tied for 3rd at USA Outdoor (5.60m/18-4.5)…1st at Pac 10 Champs (5.50m/18-0.5)...1st at Oregon Preview (5.79m/19-0PR)…ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 5.79m/19-0.
2005: NCAA Indoor champ (5.60m/18-4.5)...USA Indoor runner-up (5.55m/18-2.5)...4th at Heusden (5.60m/18-4.5)...no-height at Pac-10 Outdoors...runner-up at Pole Vault Summit (5.55m/18-2.5)...ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 5.60m/18-4.5.
2004: NCAA Outdoor champ (5.70m/18-8.25)...Pac-10 champ (5.57m/18-3.25)...8th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (5.60m/18-4.5)...14th in qualifying at Olympic Trials 5.40m (17-8.5)...1st at NCAA West Regional (5.75m/18-10.25PR)...ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 5.75m/18-10.25.
2003: USA Junior champ (5.50m/18-0.5)...Golden West Invitational champ...no-height at Pan Am Junior Champs...best of 5.56m/18-3.
2002: USA Junior champ (5.35m/17-6.5)...Golden West Invitational champ...no-height in qualifying at World Junior Championships...best of 5.37m/17-7.25.
2001: Best of 5.13m/16-10.
2000: Best of 4.88m/16-0.

 

1/20/08

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