Three Oregon state champions sign with University of Oregon

OregonLive.com, February 04, 2011 2:02 p.m.

The University of Oregon men's track and field team announced the addition of 14 signees Thursday, highlighted by a trio of in-state champions.

“We are very excited that this talented group has chosen to pursue their academic and athletic dreams in Track Town, USA,” Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna said in a press release. “We are proud to welcome them as the newest Men of Oregon.

Oregon added top in-state talent to the roster as well, with state hammer record-holder Greg Skipper from Oregon City High School, Oregon 5A 200 and 400 meter champion Jack Galpin from Crater High School and 2010 Oregon 6A state cross country champion Matt Melacon of Eugene’s Sheldon High School signing with the Ducks.

-- Jack Galpin, Crater High School; Sprints

Prep Bests: 200 meters - 21.87; 400 meters - 48.93.

Galpin is the reigning Oregon 5A 200 and 400 meter state champion for Crater High School. As a junior, he won the 200 meter title last season at Hayward Field in a personal-best, wind-aided 21.87, and took the 400 in 49.21.

Galpin was also on the winning 4x100 (42.77) and 4x400 (3:26.86) relay teams and joined with current Duck Kelley Beck to lead Crater to the team 5A state title.

His best in the 400, 48.93 came during the preliminary round at the state meet.

As a sophomore for Bonanza High School in 2009, Galpin was the state 2A runner-up at 100 (11.22), 200 (22.23) and 400 (49.82) meters.

-- Matt Melancon, Sheldon High School; Middle distance

Prep Bests: 3,000 Meters - 8:42.08.

Melancon won the Oregon 6A cross country championship for Sheldon High School in the fall and was named the state’s Gatorade Runner of the Year.

He ran 15:36 to win the state title (5,000 meter course), after earlier setting his best time at 5,000 meters of 15:10.6 at the Concordia Puma Classic.

On the track, Melancon was fourth in the state at 3,000 meters in 2010 (8:46.55) after setting a PR at that distance of 8:42.08 at the Oregon Relays.

-- Greg Skipper, Oregon City High School; Hammer

Prep Bests: Shot Put - 55-0.5; Hammer - 223-8.

Skipper ranked third nationally in the hammer in 2010 with a throw of 223-8 at the Portland THRose Festival, which broke his own Oregon state record.

He was also the 2010 6A state shot put runner-up for Oregon City High School, with a mark of 54-6. Skipper’s best shot put was 55-0.5 from the Willamette Falls Invitational.

Skipper is the son of former Oregon football player Scott Skipper, and is the nephew of the Ducks’ five-time NCAA pole vault champion Tommy Skipper and 1992 NCAA javelin champion, the late Art Skipper, Jr.

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