Skipper Pac-10 Field Athlete-of-the-Year

EUGENE – University of Oregon junior pole vaulter Tommy Skipper was named the Pacific-10 Conference's Men's Field Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen Monday in Walnut Creek, Calif.

It's the first such conference honor for the Sandy, Ore., standout, with the Pac-10 first recognizing the field athlete honorees for both men and women different than the track athlete award winners following the 2005 season.

Arizona distance standout Robert Cheseret was the recipient of the league's men's track athlete honor for the third year in a row, while USC sprinter Virginia Powell and UCLA pole vault collegiate record-holder Chelsea Johnson were named the Pac-10's women's annual track and field award winners, respectively.

In addition, USC's Ron Allice was selected as conference men's coach of the year while Arizona State's Greg Kraft was chosen the women's coach of the year.

Skipper won his second Pac-10 pole vault title in three years with a mark of 18-0 1/2 as well as his second NCAA outdoor championship with a best of 18-8 3/4. The recipient of the Oregon track team's George Scharpf Outstanding Male Athlete award opened the outdoor campaign breaking the Oregon and Pac-10 record with a best of 19-0 in the season-opening Oregon Preview.

Skipper will compete in his specialty this Saturday in the AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis, with the pole vault scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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