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Gilkey, Keyser triumph at Chieftain Invite

Fast start nearly catches up with Hidden Valley's Ashley Gilkey, but she runs a personal record time of 19:01

VALLEY OF THE ROGUE STATE PARK ' Ashley Gilkey blazed to a personal record time at the Chieftain Invitational Saturday, but the Hidden Valley runner paid a price at the finish line.

Running under perfect weather conditions ' sunny and mild ' Gilkey clocked 19 minutes and one second over the mostly-flat, 5,000-meter course.

She beat runner-up and teammate McKenzie Jones by 39 seconds and ran a lifetime best by 15 seconds. But Gilkey collapsed to the ground just past the finish chute and needed about 10 minutes to collect herself.

I went out too fast, said Gilkey. I wanted to run the first mile in six minutes but I went through in 5:40.

I felt OK at that point but then we went up a little hill and it put the hurt on me. I just told myself that I had to be mentally tough the rest of way. I just gutted it up.

— Although only a sophomore, Gilkey has became one of the top female runners in the state at the Class 3A level. She finished second at the Skyline Conference district meet and 13th at state as a freshman.

Last year I was only running about 25 miles per week, she said. This year I'm running about 50. I'm definitely more dedicated.

My goal is to be in the top three at state, and winning it is in the back of my mind.

Jones, a senior, also went out fast, hitting the first mile in 5:56 on the way to a time of 19:40, which was a 22-second PR.

Rounding out the top five girls were Emily Morehouse of North Valley (20:02), Kristin Haga of Crater (20:10) and Lindsay Gasik of St. Mary's (20:12).

The Crater girls won the team competition with 51 points, followed by Hidden Valley with 67 and Ashland with 80.

Crater's Jake Keyser was easily the No. — individual in the boys' race. Keyser hung back to help his teammates through the first mile, then took off and triumphed in 16:10.

New Hope Christian's Michael Mrkvicka held the early lead but couldn't match Keyser's surge and finished second in 16:25.

Phoenix's Kevin Jantzer (16:45), Elliott Jantzer 17:00) and Tyler Davis (17:03) took the next three spots.

I put the hammer down the last 1,000 meters, said Keyser, who ran his fifth-fastest time despite holding back the first part of the race.

Isaac Stoutenburgh, Crater's top runner, was held out of the event. With a brutally tough race the previous week in Gresham and another one next Saturday in Portland, Crater coach Justin Loftus decided to give Stoutenburgh the day off.

Stoutenburgh clocked a meet- and school-record time of 15:03 at last week's Danner Invitational and beat defending state champion Kenny Klotz of Central Catholic in the process.

This is a good meet but he's in the middle of two very intense meets and I just felt like he needed a rest, especially after going through some tough speed workouts in practice, Loftus said.

On Thursday, Stoutenburgh logged eight 800s during his workout. He ran the first one in 2:20 and ran each successive one faster, ending with a 2:06. He jogged one lap between the 800s.

That workout would kill a lot of guys, Loftus said.

Mrkvicka, meanwhile, also established a PR Saturday but he wasn't especially happy with his race.

This is such a fast course that the times are deceptive, Mrkvicka said. I led until the last two miles but I figured (Keyser) would pass me. I just didn't have the energy I normally do.

The boys' team race was close, with Hidden Valley (59) edging out Crater (62) and Phoenix (72) for the title.



Hidden Valley 59, Crater 62, Phoenix 72, New Hope Christian 93, North Valley 158, Ashland 163, Mazama 199, Illinois Valley 224, Cascade Christian 245, Triad 264, St. Mary's inc., Central Valley inc., Days Creek inc., Glendale inc.

INdivIDUAL RESULTS ' 1, Jake Keyser, Cra, 16:10; 2, Michael Mrkvicka, NHC, 16:25; 3, Kevin Jantzer, Pho, 16:45; 4, Elliott Jantzer, Pho, 17:00; 5, Tyler Davis, Pho, 17:03; 6, Mike Seus, St. Mary's, 17:06; 7, Blake Estep, HV, 17:23; 8, Jeremiah Richardson, HV, 17:27; 9, Josh Cunningham, NHC, 17:29; 10, Levi Roudebush, NV, 17:37.

11, Connor Kasler, HV, 17:38; 12, Ryan Santana, Cra, 17:39; 13, Caleb Jacobson, Cra, 17:39; 14, Curtis Yungen, Cra, 17:40; 15, Jason Arbour, HV, 17:44; 16, Sergio Chavoils, DC, 17:46; 17, Jacob Bowdoin, NHC, 17:51; 18, Dustin Filipek, HV, 17:56; 19, Jon Carlson, NV, 17:57; 20, Ryland Karlovich, Ash, 18:00.

21, Graham Baker, IV, 18:03; 22, Luke Peyralans, Cra, 18:08; 23, Daniel Engle, Pho, 18:11; 24, Andrew Eddy, Maz, 18:14. 25, Garrett Syvertson, CV, 18:16.

26, Josh Baker, Ash, 18:17; 27, Casey Mundel, Cra, 18:26; 28, Jerrod Pucket, Cra, 18:29; 29, Tucker Bacon, Ash, 18:31; 30, Steven Hames, NH, 18:36; 31, Jesse Hastings, Gle, 18:38; 32, Ben Bennett, IV, 18:38; 33, Brian Kroeker, Tri, 18:52; 34, Roger Perkins, CV, 18:56; 35, Ben Bowdoin, NH, 19:00; 36, Tyler Killeen, Ash, 19:05; 37, Anthony Garcia, Pho, 19:06; 38, Travis Clark, NV, 19:07; 39, Steve Paul, IV, 19:27; 40, Steven Libby, Maz, 19:27; 41, Steven Buckalew, Maz, 19:30; 42, Luke Ovgard, Tri, 19:34; 43, Kevin Rose, NV, 19:35; 44, Peter Bilden, CC, 19:46; 45, Andrew Daw, Maz, 19:49; 46, Brett Alleman, CC, 19:51; 47, Will Lawrence, CC, 19:55; 48, Tanner Cowens, NV, 19:58; 49, Robert Cole, Maz, 20:00; 50, Taylor Orton, Maz, 20:02.



Crater 51, Hidden Valley 67, Ashland 80, Illinois Valley 124, Phoenix inc., St. Mary's inc., Triad inc., Cascade Christian inc., Glendale inc., Mazama inc., North Valley inc.

INdivIDUAL RESULTS ' 1, Ashley Gilkey, HV, 19:01; 2, McKenzie Jones, HV, 19:40; 3, Emily Morehouse, NV, 20:02; 4, Kristin Haga, Cra, 20:10; 5, Lindsay Gasik, SM, 20:12; 6, Anne Hagy, Pho, 20:26; 7, Riley Swanson, Cra, 20:28; 8, McKenzie Yeoman, IV, 20:29; 9, Jordi Hurd, Pho, 20:35; 10, Laurie Stoutenburgh, Cra, 20:56.

11, Kayleigh Tyerman, Cra, 21:07; 12, Victoria Mayfield, Ash, 21:19; 13, Chelsey Boehnke, Ash, 21:34; 14, Michelle LaPierre, IV, 21:37; 15, Samantha Abel, HV, 21:38; 16, Erin Kroeker, Tri, 21:46; 17, Jordan Kling, Ash, 21:53; 18, Hannah Clark, Ash, 21:54; 19, Lindsey Bascom, Cra, 21:59; 20, Savannah Julian, Ash, 22:02.

21, Micaela Bishop, Ash, 22:04; 22, Lori Barrett, Cra, 22:04; 23, Sarah Hudson, HV, 22:15; 24, Maddie Parsons, Tri, 22:48; 25, Olivia Clark, Cra, 22:59; 26, Rachael Richardson, HV, 22:59; 27, Hannah Palmer, Ash, 23:04; 28, Nichole Klauder, Maz, 23:20; 29, Zhanna Toller, Maz, 23:30; 30, Ariel Barton, NV, 23:34.

31, Tani Eddy, Maz, 23:38; 32, Emily Dudley, IV, 23:53; 33, Sierra Chiverton, IV, 23:55; 34, Claire Willing, NV, 24:01; 35, Jessie Klauder, Maz, 24:06; 36, Lindsay Schlaefli, CC, 24:53; 37, Jamie Farr, IV, 24:57; 38, Tracy Ann King, Maz, 25:51; 39, Cassie Sherk, Gle, 26:02; 40, Danae Hess, Tri, 26:13; 41, Andria Poore, Gle, 28:39; 42, Emily Harris, IV, 28:57; 43, Amanda Solomon, Gle, 30:26; 44, Ali Martin, CC, 30:30.

Gilkey, Keyser triumph at Chieftain Invite"dhunt@mailtribune.com

Crater?s Jake Keyser easily won the Chieftain Invitational on Saturday. Mail Tribune / Andrew Mariman - Mail Tribune Andrew Mariman