Pirates dominate at district meet
CAVE JUNCTION ' Phoenix enjoyed a banner day at the Skyline Conference cross country championships Saturday, crowning the boys and girls individual champions and sending both teams to state for the first time in school history.
The Pirate boys, led by a 1-2 finish by the Jantzer brothers, Kevin and Elliott, respectively, and strong performances by their other three runners, carted off the boys' trophy.
Phoenix scored 37 points to runner-up Hidden Valley's 45.
Marci Klimek, who didn't compete at district last season because of a soccer conflict, breezed to the girls championship, then hopped in a car and joined her soccer teammates in a league playoff in Medford.
Hidden Valley won the girls title with 40 points. Phoenix was second with 48.
The top two teams and top seven individuals advance to the state meet next Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.
— Although the Pirate boys have been a perennial power, they did not qualify for state last season ' the only time the Phoenix girls have gone as a team.
Now, they'll compete in tandem.
That's just what the Jantzers did Saturday, jockeying back and forth for most the race before Kevin, a junior and the defending champion, edged out his freshman brother.
Kevin Jantzer was timed in 16 minutes, 45 seconds over the moderately fast, 5,000-meter course, becoming Phoenix's fifth consecutive individual winner. Elliott Jantzer was two seconds behind.
They were the only runners to break 17 minutes.
He took turns with his brother leading, Pirate coach Bruce Timmerman said of Kevin. He didn't have more than a half step on him. They went back and forth until the very end. He's (Elliott) only a freshman, so he's the real deal.
The Jantzers set a fast early pace and no one challenged them.
Tyler Davis placed eighth for Phoenix, but it was a surge by the two Pirates behind him that cemented the team win. Freshman Daniel Engle (11th, 17:48) and sophomore Conrad Hulen (15th, 17:23) reeled in valuable points. They and Elliott Jantzer all set personal records.
They were the key, said Timmerman. If your fourth and fifth runners average 13th in a meet like that, you're going to be OK.
In the girls race, an expected showdown between Klimek and Hidden Valley's Ashley Gilkey didn't materialize as the former pulled away to a 22-second win in 19:00.
Gilkey had won the predistrict meet in September over Klimek and had posted impressive victories in the State of Jefferson and Chieftain Invitational meets, in which Klimek didn't run.
Klimek, an all-conference soccer player, splits her time between the two sports, but one wouldn't know it by the way she attacked the course.
She went out at a brisk pace, and it appeared, said Timmerman, that Gilkey planned to stay with her, then would try to win it with her finishing kick.
Marci just wore her down, he said.
Klimek trains when she can, said her coach, and in the week leading to district, the senior got adequate rest.
It enabled her to run hard at the beginning and hang on to the lead, said Timmerman.
He added, Marci doesn't come to take second. When she's racing, she thinks she can win every time. She's very mentally tough.
The Pirates had two others in the top 10 ' sophomores Anne Hagy (fourth, 20:06) and Jordi Hurd (10th, 21:21).
In coach-of-the-year voting, Timmerman won for the boys and Hidden Valley's Stan Goodell won for the girls.
Skyline District Results
TEAM SCORES '
Phoenix 37, Hidden Valley 45, Henley 77, North Valley 82, Illinois Valley 126, Mazama 144, Rogue River, incomplete.
INdivIDUAL RESULTS ' 1, Kevin Jantzer, Pho, 16:45; 2, Elliott Jantzer, Pho, 16:47; 3, Levi Roundebush, NV, 17:03; 4, Blake Estep, HV, 17:21; 5, Darrick Waugh, Hen, 17:22; 6, Jeremiah Richardson, HV, 17:25; 7, Jon Carison, NV, 17:27; 8, Tyler Davis, Pho, 17:30; 9, David Butler, Hen, 17:31; 10, Conner Kasler, HV, 17:36; 11, Daniel Engle, Pho, 17:48; 12, Dustin Filipek, HV, 17:54; 13, Jason Arbour, HV, 18:09; 14, Graham, IV, 18:16; 15, Conrad Hulen, Pho, 18:23; 16, John Tyrholm, Hen, 18:28; 17, Travis Clark, Hen, 18:30; 18, Travis Clark, NV, 18:34; 19, Robert Cole, Maz, 18:35; 20, Donnie Dillard, IV, 18:37.
21, Victor Trannes, RR, 18:44; 22, Christopher Cline, HV, 18:45; 23, Kip Hamilton, NV, 18:48; 24, Ben Bennett, IV, 18:49; 25, Anthony Garcia, Pho, 18:53; 26, Andrew Watson, HV, 18:56; 27, Andrew Daw, Maz, 18:56; 28, Steven Libby, Maz, 19:09; 29, Andrew Eddy, Maz, 19:13; 30, Lawton Lesueur, Hen, 19:16; 31, Kevin Rose, NV, 19:17; 32, Wade Lorensen, IV, 19:29; 33, Lucas Brinkerhoff, NV, 19:38; 34, Drew Neves, Hen, 19:42; 35, Grant Shirts, Hen, 19:50; 36, Steve Paul, IV, 19:52; 37, Ben Green, IV, 20, 19:13; 38, Nathan Green, IV, 20: 14; 39, Nathan Shinn, Pho, 20:17; 40, Tanner Cowens, NV, 20:22; 41, Andy Seck, Maz, 20:36; 42, Mel Cunningham, Maz, 20:40.
TEAM SCORES '
Hidden Valley 40, Phoenix 48, Illinois Valley 89, Henley 90, Mazama 130, North Valley, incomplete.
INdivIDUAL RESULTS '
1, Marci Klimek, Pho, 19:00; 2, Ashley Gilkey, HV, 19:22; 3, Emily Morehouse, NV, 19:32; 4, Anne Hagy, Pho, 20:06; 5, McKenzie Jones, HV, 20:13; 6, Michelle LaPierre, IV, 20:16; 7, Katie Waugh, Hen, 20:33; 8, Samantha Abel, HV, 20:50; 9, McKenzie Yeoman, IV, 21:07; 10, Jodie Hurd, Pho, 21:21; 11, Jamie Richardson, HV, 21:49; 12, Zhanna Toller, Maz, 21;53; 13, Kayla Heath, Pho, 22:09; 14, Sarah Hudson, HV, 22:28; 15, Cayla Hill, Hen, 22:30; 16, Rachael Richardson, HV, 22:36; 17, Ashley Saenger, Hen, 22:44.0; 18, Sierra Chiverton, IV, 22:44.1; 19, Ariel Barton, NV, 22:47; 20, Joy Nelson, Pho, 22:53.
21, Courtney Miller, HV, 22:59; 22, Lindsey Butler, Hen, 23:06; 23, Tani Eddy, Maz, 23:17; 24, Claire Willing, NV, 24:14; 25, Emily Dudley, IV, 24:19; 26, Jessica Hayes, NV, 24:39; 27, Nycole Klauder, Maz, 24:48; 28, Tara Hess, Pho, 24:50; 29, Kyla Spencer, Hen, 24:52.0; 30, Liesl Henderson, Hen, 24:52.1; 31, Raesh Wanstrath-Yeoman, IV, 25:24; 32, Nicole Adkins, Hen, 26:02; 33, Kimberly Moser, Maz, 26:17; 34, Katie Elias, Pho, 26:31; 35, Jessie Klauder, Maz, 26:35; 36, Tracy Ann King, Maz, 26:37; 37, Meredith Day, Maz, 26:38; 38, Beth Coots-Barnham, IV, 34:36.