He has routinely been among the fastest schoolboy runners in the nation, and Jantzen Oshier made a determination before running the 1,600 meters at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday that he wouldn't leave anything in the tank.
Putting to use every bit in his reserves, the Trabuco Hills senior ran the fastest time of his life and the second-fastest in state history as he crossed the finish in 4 minutes 0.83 seconds at Buchanan High in Clovis. His 57.4-second final lap blitzed his rival from Loyola, defending state champion Elias Gedyon, who finished in 4:04.04.
"I was thinking that I had to give this everything I got," Oshier told the Orange County Register, praising Gedyon as a competitor who forced Oshier to perform his absolute best.
Gedyon went on to win the 3,200 in 8:50.03.
Oshier wasn't the only Orange County athlete to win a state title. A pair of juniors also won championships. Ethan Cochran of Newport Harbor won the discus at 185 feet 9 inches, a winning margin of more than seven feet, and Anaheim Canyon's Cody Crampton won the high jump by two inches at 6-11.
Oshier already had the nation's fastest time this season, 4:04.24. His mark Saturday broke a county record set in 1972 by Garden Grove's Mark Schilling of 4:04.0 (hand-timed).
Oshier's time was the second-fastest in state meet history. In 2008, German Fernandez of Riverbank ran 4:00.29—less than four-tenths faster than Oshier.
Oshier is scheduled to compete next weekend in New York at the Dream Mile, where he hopes to become only only the fifth high schooler to break the 4-minute mark.
Also at the meet, senior Jake Fraser of El Toro took second in the discus at 61-3 1/2; he also took fourth in the discus at 172-0. His teammate, Adam Bragg, took third in the pole vault at 15-6.
On the girls' side, Victoria Rische, a junior from Foothill, took second in the pole vault (12-4), and Woodbridge senior Gabrielle Scott took third in the 400 meters at 54.73.
Katherine Delaney of JSerra, who had the state's fastest time in the girls' 1,600 at 4:42.95 -- which had been the third-fastest time in the nation -- finished fourth overall with a time of 4:47.20; Cami Chapus of Harvard-Westlake won in 4:40.88.