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Phoenix’s Elliott Jantzer wins the Class 4A 1,500 on Saturday in Eugene. - Jamie Lusch

All about the 'W'

EUGENE — There was no mistaking where Elliott Jantzer's focus was.

Just win, baby.

The Phoenix senior finished his stellar career in the Class 4A track and field state championships with another title in the 1,500 meters — his third straight — placed second in the 400 and anchored the Pirates to third in the 4x400 relay.

OK, it was kinda weird seeing Jantzer on the awards stand in someplace other than the top spot. But it's understandable, for as good as he is, distance running remains his forte.

He ended his high school career with eight individual track and cross country gold medals.

In winning the 1,500, Jantzer hovered on the shoulder of Hidden Valley rival Connor Kasler for all but the last 300 meters, then went to that fearsome kick and cruised home.

Jantzer wasn't gunning for a time, but he got one anyway, setting a personal record by nearly 11/2; seconds with a time of 3:57.14.

"For this state meet, right now, today, I'm not here for times," said Jantzer. "Every time I step on the track, it's to get a win. It's not to get a PR or to kill everyone. I wanted to be conservative and use the least amount of gas I could."

Lucky Kasler, for in using that tactic, Elliott stayed just behind the Mustang senior but was close enough that his breathing probably could have been heard.

Kasler has raced against Jantzer for years and placed second to his Skyline Conference cohort in 3:59.55.

But he admitted there's an intimidation factor when Jantzer hangs back.

"I knew he was coming at the end," said Kasler. "I just tried to hold on with all I could. I'm proud of myself for a what I did."

As he's proved this week in the 400 and the long relay, Jantzer has foot speed and he's not afraid to use it.

"He knows he's got that gear," said Phoenix coach Hans Voskes, "and he knows he can find it. That's a huge confidence booster. You know you can shift right into it and away you go."

Jantzer and teammate Graham Thirkill had designs on finishing 1-2 in the 400. They had the top seed times from the prelims but didn't duplicate them.

Jantzer made a big push at the end to finish second in 50.68, behind Philomath's Tyler Thomas, who ran 50.49. Thirkill was fourth in 51.30.

Jantzer was tired afterward and still had the long relay to look forward to.

Aside from the obvious reason for his fatigue — lots of races in a short period of time — there was the wind factor. It was in the runners' faces as they turned into the backstretch early in the race.

"It was just hard to get going," said Jantzer.

Jantzer and Thirkill were both on the long relay. The former passed four other runners on the final lap to move Phoenix up the leader board. Others on the team, which clocked 3:27.64, were Dennis Ghrist and David Kennaley.

Their effort gave the Pirates 39 team points, good for fourth place and a trophy. Sweet Home won with 77.

Hidden Valley was second in the 4x400 in 3:26.45.

North Valley's Taylor Vandehey won the girls 300 hurdles in 46.80.

Class 4A

BOYS

4X100 — 1, Ontario (Jake Turner, Robert Keyes, Tad Anzaldua, Matt Anthony), 43.46; 2, Philomath, 43.76; 3, Banks, 43.93.

1500 — 1, Elliott Jantzer, Phoenix, 3:57.14; 2, Connor Kasler, Hidden Valley, 3:59.55; 3, Trevor Berrian, North Bend, 4:02.32.

100 — 1, Matt Anthony, Ontario, 10.88; 2, Jake Turner, Ontario, 11.08; 3, Mike Forbes, North Bend, 11.09.

400 — 1, Tyler Thomas, Philomath, 50.49; 2, Elliott Jantzer, Phoenix, 50.68; 3, Joey Gilliland, Cascade, 51.17; 4, Graham Thirkill, Phoenix, 51.3.

110 HURDLES — 1, Dakotah Keys, Sweet Home, 14.67; 2, Tony Dubenko, North Marion, 15.73; 3, Apostolis Bakouros, Scappoose, 15.76.

800 — 1, Jared Christian, Marist, 1:57.05; 2, Robert Callagan, Sweet Home, 1:57.47; 3, D.J. Flores, South Umpqua, 1:57.77; 4, Jason Arbour, Hidden Valley, 1:58.75; 5, Chris Cline, Hidden Valley, 1:59.5.

200 — 1, Matt Anthony, Ontario, 22.08; 2, Eric Phillips, Central, 22.39; 3, Mike Forbes, North Bend, 22.55; 4, Ray Kaupel, North Valley, 22.7.

300 HURDLES — 1, Justin Lundgren, Gladstone, 40.3; 2, Aaron Nelson, Pleasant Hill, 40.35; 3, Sam Lynass, North Bend, 41.52.

4X400 — 1, Sweet Home (Robert Callagan, Nick Hall, Sam Macklin, Tim McDowell), 3:25.53; 2, Hidden Valley (Ryan Carter, Chris Cline, Connor Kasler, Dylan Card), 3:26.45; 3, Phoenix (Dennis Ghrist, David Kennaley, Graham Thirkill, Elliott Jantzer), 3:27.64.

JAVELIN — 1, Ethan Powell, Douglas, 201-1; 2, Dakotah Keys, Sweet Home, 196-1; 3, Brett Breding, Elmira, 195-4; 11, Chase Kearney, Hidden Valley, 163-1.

LONG JUMP — 1, Dakotah Keys, Sweet Home, 23-81/2; 2, Cody Hanten, Philomath, 22-1/2; 3, Derek Braun, Junction City, 21-23/4; 7, Dylan Card, Hidden Valley, 20-41/4.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Walker Kaseberg, Baker, 6-5; 2, Tim McDowell, Sweet Home, 6-5; 3, Klint Pippert, North Marion, 6-2; 10, Singeon Gotfried, Hidden Valley, 5-10.

GIRLS

4X100 RELAY — 1, Sweet Home (Jessica Snow, Jessika Stewart, Devyn Makin, Maria Kropf), 49.60; 2, Marist, 49.64; 3, Hidden Valley, 50.56.

1500 — 1, Taylor Wallace, 4:33.83; 2, Raelyn Robinson, 4:48.51; 3, Nathalie Tresseras, Sisters, 4:51.69.

100 — 1, Maria Kropf, Sweet Home, 12.24; 2, Ashley Taylor, Cascade, 12.59; 3, Christine Hinds, Marist, 12.75; 5, Mary Bailey, Hidden Valley, 13.1.

400 — 1, Laura Schmitt, La Salle, 57.27; 2, Robin Smith, Tillamook, 58.31; 3, Tahne Apo, Marist, 58.98.

100 HURDLES — 1, Maria Kropf, Sweet Home, 15.11; 2, Catherine Bones, Brookings-Harbor, 15.94; 3, Kristina Hossley, North Bend, 15.98; 4, Ali Rodgers, Hidden Valley, 16.32; 5, Taylor Vandehey, North Valley, 16.74.

800 — 1, Katie Waugh, Henley, 2>20.2; 2, Ashley Mayfield, Seaside, 2:20.58; 3, Allie Sibole, Marist, 2:21.03.

200 — 1, Robin Smith, Tillamook, 25.71; 2, Laura Schmitt, La Salle, 25.72; 3, Ashley Taylor, Cascade, 26.41; 7, Dana Powell, Hidden Valley, 26.99.

300 HURDLES — 1, Taylor Vandehey, North Valley, 46.8; 2, Taylor Patterson, Philomath, 46.87; 3, Jessica Markham, Banks, 46.91.

4X400 RELAY — 1, Henley (Kailee Poetsch, Melanie Johnson, Katie Waugh, Taylor Wallace), 4:01.33; 2, Philomath, 4:03.58; 3, Marist, 4:04.44.

DISCUS — 1, Laura Bobek, Astoria, 152-10; 2, Taylor Aldredge, Gladstone, 126-6; 3, Clara Weidman, Astoria, 112-9; 4, Kayla Johnson, Illinois Valley, 109-7.

POLE VAULT — 1, Sammie Clark, North Bend, 12-; 2, Brooke Davison, North Bend, 10-9; 3, Caitlyn Strain, Douglas, 10-3; 11, Natalie Musselman, Hidden Valley, 8-6.

SHOT PUT — 1, Laura Bobek, Astoria, 45-51/2; 2, Kassi Conditt, La Pine, 40-1/4; 3, Jenny Hamn, Sweet Home, 36-113/4; 7, Katie Figoni, Hidden Valley, 34-5.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Charlene Harber, Astoria, 35-3; 2, Jordin Scholer, Henley, 34.-81/4; 3, Amanda Luna, Molalla, 34-51/2; 4, Dana Powell, Hidden Valley, 34-41/4.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 776-4479, or e-mail ttrower@mailtribune.com

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