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Crater runner Tostenson signs with Georgetown

Jantz Tostenson figures running will only take him so far, literally and figuratively.

So the Crater distance champion made an investment in his future when he chose to run cross country and track at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Tostenson signed a letter of intent at a ceremony at the school Tuesday. He picked the Hoyas over Oregon and Gonzaga.

“All of them were going to add up to close to a full ride,” said Tostenson. “And they’re all great schools, with running and academics. In the end, Georgetown’s academics stood out. They are so much more prestigious.”

Tostenson, who made his decision within the past couple weeks, plans to eventually go to law school.

As a sophomore, Tostenson won the Class 5A state championship in the 1,500 meters, a day after heralded teammate and pre-meet favorite Andy Monroe suffered an injury in the 3,000 and couldn’t compete.

Tostenson rose to the occasion in his stead with a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 4.07 seconds.

Last spring, Tostenson placed second in the track state meet in the 3,000 in 8:28.74, chasing Ashland standout EJ Holland to the finish line.

Holland broke the meet record by a couple seconds, and Tostenson was only .12 off the former mark.

Tostenson was seventh in the 1,500 a day later. His PR in the 1,500 is 3:59.93.

In cross country last fall, Tostenson placed second at state to Holland. Tostenson’s best time for 5,000 meters in cross country is 15:28.5.

Georgetown’s cross country and track teams are on the rise, he said, following recent strong recruiting.

The Hoyas had five track All-Americans at the NCAA Indoor Championships a week ago, including four on the distance medley relay.

“In the end, I love their coach, and I think he’s going to be a great coach and the right fit for me,” said Tostenson.

He’ll focus on longer distances in college, like the 10K and 5K.

As for his unfolding senior season at Crater, Tostenson plans to enjoy it.

“I’m really trying to focus, now that all the stress is gone, on going out there and really enjoying the races and have fun with it,” he said. “Not make too many hard goals, just stay injury free and stay fit and really enjoy what I do.”

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479 or ttrower@rosebudmedia.com

Craters's Jantz Tostenson crosses the finish line to win the 1,500-meter state race as a sophomore.