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Phoenix’s Jantzer snares two state titles

EUGENE — Danielle Jantzer didn’t match her brother’s medal count at the Class 4A track and field state championships Saturday.

But the Phoenix senior did herself and her family proud at Hayward Field, taking home her first state championships on the final day of the meet.

Jantzer triumphed in the 800 and 1,500 meters, leading a strong Pirates contingent to a tie for second place. Astoria won with 57 points. Phoenix and Molalla — which scored 10 points in the last scoring event, the discus — each tallied 48.

Freshman Sienna Bauer notched a second, as did the short relay team. Emonie Snowton accounted for a third and Shayla Potratz a sixth.

It was the highest finish ever by a Pirates girls team. The previous bests were thirds in 1980 and ‘71.

On the boys side, junior Robby Vos placed fifth in the 1,500 meters in a personal-best 4 minutes, 9.92 seconds.

Jantzer’s older brother, Elliott, graduated in 2009 with seven state track championships and another couple cross country titles.

A tough act to follow, to be sure.

But Danielle has used his success as motivation.

“I guess it’s just that,” she said. “My whole family is really supportive of me, and they all did tell me, ‘You’ve got to do better (than Elliott).’ That’s a huge motivation for me. I love my brothers and all they did.”

Danielle always believed she had a state title or two in her. She made good on that belief, first in the 1,500, then in the 800.

She won the 1,500 in 4:48.57, a season’s best, and the 800 in 2:20.96, a personal best.

“This might sound cheesy,” she said, “but I’ve always felt in my heart that it was coming. I have a strong faith in Christianity, so I always felt this was in my path. It just took a lot of hard work and trust in my coaches and trust in God.

“I wanted it so bad. I think anything’s possible if you put your mind to it.”

Jantzer wasn’t the favorite here.

Scappoose junior Linnaea Kavulich had the state leading time in both middle distance races. She only ran the 1,500, and proved a formidable opponent.

Running coach Tyler Davis didn’t map out a plan for Jantzer. He allowed the veteran to lean on her experience. He did advise her to be prepared because Kavulich would start to sprint at 400 meters.

“Luckily, I was prepared,” she said, “because basically, that’s what happened.”

When Kavulich went, so did Jantzer.

With 200 to go, it was Jantzer — harkening back to her days on the 4x100 relay — who had more in the tank.

“She ran a very smart race,” said Phoenix head coach John Cornet. “She really studied her opposition and got a sense of what her 400 speed was relative to everyone else.”

Kavulich was second in 4:49.81. The Pirates’ Potratz, a senior, placed sixth in 5:02.64.

In the 800, it was more of the same for Jantzer, only the opponent was Junction City senior Shayla Solomon, whose season-best time coming in was also lower than Jantzer’s.

Jantzer took the lead in a tight pack early, then surged ahead in the last couple hundred meters.

Solomon was second in 2:23.76.

“That’s a very tough double,” said Cornet.

Bauer had a big weekend herself, setting a school record in the 100 hurdle preliminaries, then placing second in the finals with an even better time.

In the prelims, she ran 15.75 seconds, breaking the 34-year-old Pirate record of Renae Perisho, set in 1983. She went considerably lower Saturday, her 15.48 behind only the 15.29 of North Marion sophomore Emily Scanlan.

Being on the big stage as a freshman is difficult enough, said Cornet.

“Then to run as well as she did against those seniors and other classes who’ve been trophying before was great,” he said.

Snowton, a junior, anchored the short relay to its runner-up finish. The squad included sophomores Margarita Maggie Carrillo, Sofia Tringolo and Anna Nash. Their season-best time was 49.92 seconds and trailed only Astoria’s 49.77.

Snowton then added a third in the 100 in 12.49 seconds.

Class 4A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: 1, Marshfield, 62; 2, Newport, 55; 3, North Bend, 47; 4, Crook County, 40.33; 5, North Valley, 39.5; 6, La Grande, 36.5; 7, Tillamook, 34; 8, Hidden Valley, 31; 9, Molalla, 27; 10, Seaside, 25; 11, Junction City, 24; 12, Sisters, 23.33; 13, Scappoose, 23; T14, Astoria, 20, and Siuslaw, 20; T16, Mazama, 18, and Cottage Grove, 18; 18, Ontario, 15.33; 19, Valley Catholic, 11; T20, Phoenix, 10, and Klamath Union, 10, and Banks, 10; T23, Cascade, 9, and Henley, 9; T25, Brookings-Harbor, 6, and North Marion, 6; T27, Sweet Home, 5, and McLoughlin, 5, and Stayton, 5, and Sutherlin, 5, and Corbett, 5; 32, Yamhill-Carlton, 4; 33, Philomath, 3; 34, Elmira, 1.

100 — 1, Rory Coon, Tillamook, 10.75.

200 — 1, Rory Coon, Tillamook, 22.03.

400 — 1, Rory Coon, Tillamook, 50.06

800 — 1, Jackson Januik, Seaside, 1:55.86.

1,500 — 1, Michael Brown, North Bend, 4:06.87; 5, Robby Vos, Phoenix, 4:09.92

110 HURDLES — 1, Elijah Castro, Hidden Valley, 14.86.

300 HURDLES — 1, Hunter Comyford, North Valley, 39.21.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Junction City (Josiah Starr, Tanner Crane, Brandon Land, Jake Rogers), 43.68.

4x400 RELAY — 1, Marshfield (Trevor Johnson, Tristin Lemmons, Devin Benson, Zach Kellar), 3:26.59.

JAVELIN — 1, Ty Hampton, North Bend, 208-9.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Tyler Hanrahan, Newport, 6-5.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Elijah Castro, Hidden Valley, 43-3.25.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: 1, Astoria, 57; T2, Phoenix, 48, and Molalla, 48; 4, North Valley, 47; 5, Scappoose, 45; 6, Marshfield, 38.5; 7, Hidden Valley, 38; 8, Philomath, 33.2; 9, Sisters, 30; 10, Valley Catholic, 25; 11, Siuslaw, 23; T12, Newport, 20, and Tillamook, 20; 14, Ontario, 19; 15, Gladstone, 17; 16, Corbett, 16; 17, La Grande, 14.2; 18, Seaside, 14; 19, Henley, 13.7; 20, Cascade, 13; T21, North Marion, 11, and Douglas, 11; 23, Brookings-Harbor, 10; 24, Klamath Union, 9; T25, Cottage Grove, 8, and Junction City, 8; T27, Elmira, 6, and North Bend, 6; 29, Crook County, 5.2; 30, Banks, 4; 31, McLoughlin, 3; 32, Sweet Home, 2.

100 — 1, Baylee Touey, North Valley, 12.14; 3, Emonie Snowton, Phoenix, 12.49.

200 — 1, Baylee Touey, North Valley, 24.94.

400 — 1, Baylee Touey, North Valley, 57.47.

800 — 1, Danielle Jantzer, Phoenix, 2:20.96.

1,500 — 1, Danielle Jantzer, Phoenix, 4:48.57; 6, Shayla Potratz, 5:02.64.

100 HURDLES — 1, Emily Scanlan, North Marion, 15.29.

300 HURDLES — 1, Desirae DesRosiers, Molalla, 45.7.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Astoria (Gracie Cummings, Andrea Harris, Nara Van De Grift, Natalie Cummings), 49.77; 2, Phoenix, 49.92.

4x400 RELAY — 1, Hidden Valley (Jenelle Hurley, Halle O’Brien, Mackenzie McLaughlin, Nyah Kendall), 4:04.22.

SHOT PUT — 1, Carissa Oliver, Siuslaw, 41-7.75.

DISCUS — 1, Rachel Bring, Molalla, 148-9; 12, Madelene Marroquin-Salazar

POLE VAULT — 1, Abbey Schreiber, Brookings-Harbor, 11-9.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Darian Hageman, Astoria, 38-5.5.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or email ttrower@mailtribune.com

Phoenix's Danielle Jantzer leads the race during the second lap en route to claiming the 800-meter state title Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene. [ANDY ATKINSON/FOR THE MAIL TRIBUNE]
Phoenix's Sienna Bauer clears the last hurdle to place second in the 100-meter race Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene. [ANDY ATKINSON/FOR THE MAIL TRIBUNE]