Former Rugby High School standout and University of Jamestown graduate Sarah Skipper is excelling as a professional heptathlete.
Skipper, who competed for Rugby High School in the mid-2000s, scored a new career best of 5,066 points and took second in the heptathlon at the Claremont Classic, May 8-9, in Claremont, Calif.
Skipper trains with the Santa Barbara Track Club and other heptathletes at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Skipper set the following marks in her personal-record-setting performance: 14.77 seconds in the 100 hurdles; 5 feet, 6 inches, in the high jump; 35-11.5 in the shot put; 26.01 in the 200; 17-11.75 in the long jump; 103’10” in the javelin; and 2:23.73 in the 800.
Skipper is a RHS school-record holder as a member of the 1,600-meter relay, which ran 4:06.8 in 2004. The group included Valerie Moller, Shannon Swanson and Jessica Tuchscherer.
Skipper holds the University of Jamestown school record in the heptathlon at 4,657 points. She is the daughter of Dr. Ron and Jackie Skipper, of Rugby.
NSIC outdoor title
The University of Mary women’s track and field team won its third consecutive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title on May 10. Junior runner Crystal Hovland, an RHS grad, was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team, which capped the meet with a championship in that event.
The Marauders ran 3:48.76 in the win. The group has the ninth best time in the country and qualified for the NCAA Division II championships this weekend in Allendale, Mich. They have also been honored with an NCAA Division II All-Region selection by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Hovland was a member of the school’s relay team, which took third in the 2014 NCAA indoor championships.
In the outdoor finals, Hovland took fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:01.70 – a provisional-qualifying mark for NCAAs.
She earned NSIC All-Academic honors this season, along with Rugby native Aaron Teigen, who is injured.
UND Hovland competes at
Big Sky finals
RHS grad and University of North Dakota freshman Aubrey Hovland was tied with two others in 17th place in high jump at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 14-17.
Hovland cleared 5 feet, 1 inch, at the meet in Flagstaff, Ariz. The mark was an improvement of 0.5 inches from her previous performance at the Ron Masanz Track and Field Classic at Moorhead (Minn.) on May 3.