EUGENE — Elliott Jantzer isn't used to being behind. He doesn't mind it, it just doesn't happen often.

EUGENE — Elliott Jantzer isn't used to being behind. He doesn't mind it, it just doesn't happen often.

So it was a notable development when Rogue River rival Cole Watson overtook the Phoenix Phlash midway through the 1,500-meter final at the Class 4A track and field state championships at Hayward Field Saturday.

It also prodded the competitive instinct in Jantzer, who never trailed by more than a stride, regained the lead with a burst at 300 meters and punished the field with a powerful kick.

It added up to another state title for the Pirate junior and the school record to boot. His time of 3 minutes, 58.53 seconds marked his first time under four minutes and bettered Kyle Gillette's 2004 record of 3:59.00.

After keeping pace with Jantzer for three-quarters of the race, Watson, who won the 800 a day earlier, faded to sixth in 4:05.04. Travis Stevens of Siuslaw was runner-up in 4:00.96.

Jantzer, who won the 3,000 on Thursday, repeated the distance double he accomplished last season. His cache also includes the 2007 cross country state title.

Another Skyline Conference standout, Illinois Valley's Larry Ragsdale, had a couple of brushes with disaster but nevertheless claimed the 300 intermediate hurdles in a personal-best 38.49.

The Henley girls were the top Southern Oregon 4A team placers, capturing the title by one-half point with a victory in the meet's final event, the 4x400 relay. The Hornets scored 66.5 points, edging Astoria.

Jantzer had trailed only once in a race this spring, he said, that coming in the Oregon Relays. Yet he didn't panic when Watson, a sophomore, dared to move in front halfway through the third of four laps.

The two had run in the lead from the outset, opening a 10-meter gap on the field by the time they hit the first turn.

"When he started to challenge me, I said, OK, I guess we're gonna duke it out now," said Jantzer, who later placed third in the 400 and ran a leg on Phoenix's fifth-place 4x400 relay. "It was nice to have someone else lead."

The two almost touched shoulders as they started the bell, or final, lap.

"I like running in tight," said Jantzer. "It's the only way to draft. You can really move with him."

His coach, Hans Voskes, also preaches to start kicking early. So Jantzer came out of the third-to-last turn with a vengeance.

"At 300, he took off and it was over," said Watson.

Watson's coach, J.J. Moses, was quoted prior to the meet saying his runner was running with confidence and ready to give Jantzer a battle.

After the race, both runners referred to the comments, suggesting a bit of added spice.

But Watson wasn't trying to live up to anything.

"I wasn't concerned with sending a message," he said of passing Jantzer. "I was just experimenting.

"I wanted to see what it felt like to run with him. I kind of expected what would happen."

Watson admitted to being fatigued both mentally and physically following what he called "a long season" and his gut-check 800 the day before, when he led wire-to-wire.

Jantzer had been trying all season to better his PR of 4:00.10 set at last year's state meet.

"It was good to finally get it," he said.

In the 400, he didn't have the "fast finish of a sprinter" to hold on for second place. But he was timed in 49.79 — .02 behind runner-up Casey Smith of McLoughlin. Henley's Danny Staats won in 49.01.

But the difficult double — the 400 came only 45 minutes after the 1,500 — spoke to Jantzer's fortitude, versatility and willingness to jump in and earn his team points.

Ragsdale was the top seed and was comfortably in front in the 300 hurdles, but he clipped the last two barriers, jeopardizing his chances.

When he hit the first, "I almost went down," said the senior, who improved on his best by a full second. "Luckily, I caught myself."

Runner-up Dakotah Keys was almost a second behind in 39.44.

"My main plan was to run as fast as I can, as smooth as I can and hopefully make it to the finish line first," said Ragsdale, who also placed seventh in the 100 in 11.39.

He was third at state last year in the intermediates and fourth the year before.

Hidden Valley raced to second in the girls 4x100 relay with a time of 50.29. The team was made up of Mary Bailey, Ashley Seal, Alie Rodgers and Denise Powell. Cottage Grove won in 49.52.

Taylor Vandehey of North Valley placed second in the 300 hurdles, clocking 46.36. She hit the last hurdle and stumbled at the finish, perhaps just enough to allow Kate Wilkins of Marist to overtake her and win in 46.14. Vandehey was the top seed.

Staats also won the high jump at 6-9, outdueling Astoria's Chris Meyer, who cleared 6-7.

For the Henley girls, Taylor Wallace won the 1,500 in 4:33.89 and finished off the clinching relay with a 57-second lap. She won the 3,000 on Thursday.

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CLASS 4A

(All distances in meters. Top three finishers in each event, plus local competitors)

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Sweet Home, 58; 2, North Bend, 57; 3, La Salle, 41; 4, Marist, 36; 5, Henley, 35; 6, Phoenix, 33; 7, Sisters, 32; 8, Scappoose, 29; 9, Illinois Valley, 28; 10, Central, 26; 11, Siuslaw, 23; 12, Philomath, 22; 13, Gladstone, 21; 14 (tie), Rogue River, Estacada, 19; 16, La Grande, 16.5; 17, Seaside, 16; 18, Ontario, 15; 19, Cascade, 14; 20, Pleasant Hill, 13; 21, McLoughlin 13; 22 (tie), Newport, La Pine, 10; 23, Banks, 9; 24 (tie), Astoria, North Valley, Douglas 8; 27, North Marion 7.5; 28 (tie), Hidden Valley, Tillamook, 7; 30, Cottage Grove, 6; 31, Brookings-Harbor, 5; 32, Stayton, 4; 33, Yamhill-Carlton, 3; 34, Taft, 2; 35, Molalla, 1.

JAVELIN — 1, Eric Whalen, La Salle, 192-8; 2, Dakotah Keys, Sweet Home, 185-7; 3, Trevor Lundsten, Banks, 179-2; 6, Zachary Smith, Phoenix, 168-08; 13, Chase Kearney, Hidden Valley, 145-5.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Danny Staats, Henley, 6-9; 2, Chris Meyer, Astoria, 6-7; 3, Dom Walker, Seaside, 6-4; Jesse Quick, Phoenix, NH.

110 HURDLES — 1, Dom Walker, Seaside, 14.91; 2, Dakotah Keys, Sweet Home, 15.0; 3, Aaron Nelson, Pleasant Hill, 15.44; 4, Joe Cullen, Henley, 15.80; 6, Derek Woodland, Henley, 15.86.

300 HURDLES — 1, Larry Ragsdale, Illinois Valley, 38.49; 2, Dakotah Keys, Sweet Home, 39.44; 3, Aaron Nelson, Pleasant Hill, 39.92; 8, Chris Burman, Rogue River, 41.97.

100 — 1, Cory McCaffrey, Sisters, 11.02; 2, Kevin Carpenter, Scappoose, 11.10; 3, Matt Anthony, Ontario, 11.14; 5, Larry Ragsdale, Illinois Valley, 11.22; 6, Joe Christie, Rogue River, 11.35.

200 — 1, Kevin Carpenter, Scappoose, 22.31; 2, Matt Anthony, Ontario, 22.51; 3, Dustin Remesnik, Cascade, 22.63.

400 — 1, Danny Staats, Henley, 49.01; 2, Casey Smith, McLoughlin, 49.77; 3, Elliott Jantzer, Phoenix, 49.79.

1,500— 1, Elliott Jantzer, Phoenix, 3:58.53; 2, Travis Stevens, Siuslaw, 4:00.96; 3, Matt Hollander, Marist, 4:01.69; 6, Cole Watson, Rogue River, 4:05.04; 7, Jed Tolbert, Henley, 4:06.95.

4X100 RELAY — 1, Central (Ricky Cedillo, Ty Phillips, Steven Pond, Eric Phillips), 43.65; 2, Sweet Home, 43.74; 3, Cascade, 44.28; 5, Henley, 44.47; 6, North Valley, 44.50.

4X400 RELAY — 1, Sisters (Max Gruettner, Lee Elder, Jared Henderson, Cory McCaffrey), 3:24.31; 2, Illinois Valley, 3:25.70; 3, Marist, 3:26.09; 5, Phoenix, 3:28.42.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Henley, 66.5; 2, Astoria, 66; 3, Molalla, 48; 4, Marist, 47; 5, Cascade, 29; 6, Junction City, 28; 7, Cottage Grove, 24.5; 8 (tie), Gladstone, Pleasant Hill 24; 10, Hidden Valley, 23; 11 (tie), North Bend, North Valley, Sisters, 22; 14, La Salle, 21; 15, Seaside, 20.5; 16, Siuslaw, 18; 17 (tie), Estacada, Ontario, 16; 20 (tie), Scappoose, Stayton, 15; 22, Sweet Home, 13; 23 (tie), Philomath, La Pine, 12; 25, Newport, 10.5; 26, Yamhill-Carlton, 9; 27 (tie), Tillamook, Brookings-Harbor 8; 29, Douglas, 7.5; 30, Central, 3.5; 31 (tie), Baker, McLoughlin 3; 33, La Grande, 2; 34 (tie), North Marion, South Umpqua 1.

JAVELIN — 1, Nikki Ramsey, Gladstone, 133-1; 2, Lindsey Remington, Tillamook, 130-5; 3, Blair Wilkinson, Cottage Grove, 125-11; 9, Joelle Swanson, Hidden Valley, 107-9; 12, Nikki Nygren, Henley, 100-9.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Chance Summers, Estacada, 5-5; 2, Hilary O'Bryan, Astoria, 5-4; 3, Shanoaleig Roseby, Gladstone, 5-3; 12, Emily Chrinside, North Valley, 4-8; 13, Joelle Swanson, Hidden Valley, 4-8.

100 HURDLES — 1, Alisha Buss, Stayton, 15.13; 2, Katie Sterling, Pleasant Hill, 15.22; 3, Kate Wilkins, Marist, 15.25; 5, Brandi Miller, North Valley, 16.15; 6, Taylor Vandehey, North Valley, 16.70.

300 HURDLES — 1, Katie Wilkins, Marist, 46.14; 2, Taylor Vandehey, North Valley, 46.36; 3, Hannah Steffey, Molalla, 47.0; 7, Jamie Richardson, Hidden Valley, 49.52.

100 — 1, Braidy Bates, Pleasant Hill, 12.24; 2, Jessica Rodolf, Junction City, 12.43; 3, Maria Kropf, Sweet Home, 12.52; 6, Brandi Miller, North Valley, 12.95.

200 — 1, Jessica Rodolf, Junction City, 25.55; 2, Laura Schmitt, La Salle, 25.61; 3, Braidy Bates, Pleasant Hill, 25.82; 7, Ellie Pohl, Henley, 27.56.

400 — 1, Laura Schmitt, La Salle, 1:00.06; 2, Angelyn Salyer, Molalla, 1:00.28; 3, Barry McLaren, Philomath, 1:00.28; 6, Stephanie North, Henley, 1:00.74.

1,500 — 1, ,Taylor Wallace, Henley, 4:33.79; 2, Mikayla Bradbury, Molalla, 4:47.26; 3, Maria Ramirez, La Pine, 4:52.39; 10, Anne Hagy, Phoenix, 5:04.66.

4X100 RELAY — 1, Cottage Grove (Blair Wilkinson, Madison McClung, Brittan Hemenway, Alex Lewis), 49.52; 2, Hidden Valley, 50.29; 3, Henley, 50.38.

4X400 RELAY — 1, Henley (Kailee Poetsch, Stephanie North, Katie Waugh, Taylor Wallace), 3:56.83; 2, Marist, 3:58.81; 3, Molalla, 4:01.30; 5, North Valley, 4:08.75.