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Oshier makes history, takes state title in 1,600
CLOVIS – Trabuco Hills senior Jantzen Oshier put the exclamation point on a remarkable season by taking the state's top 1,600 prize in the fastest time of any county runner in history.
Oshier blazed to a lifetime best 4:00.83 en route to winning the 1,600 state title at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday at Buchanan High.
"This was something that I wanted all my life and I was thinking that I had to give this everything I got," Oshier said. "This was such an amazing experience and I'm blessed to be here."
Oshier and Loyola senior Elias Gedyon, who tied for the best qualifying time entering the finals, were locked in a close battle throughout much of the race before Oshier found another gear in the final 400. Running to a 57-second final lap split, Oshier pulled away from Gedyon (4:04.04) down the final straight away for the record-setting victory.
"Elias (Gedyon) has such an amazing kick and that was the only way to get through him and try to break him," Oshier said. "It was an honor to win against him."
His time eclipses the county's previous best mark of 4:04.0 (hand timed) by former Garden Grove runner Mark Schilling set in 1972.
Oshier, who entered the meet with the fastest 1,600 time in the United States this season (4:04.24 at the Orange County Championships), now has the second best, fully automated time in state history, trailing only the 4:00.29 set by former Riverbank star German Fernandez set at the 2008 CIF State Meet at Cerritos College.
"It's been a great journey from freshman year and winning a state title here is incredible," Oshier said.
Newport Harbor junior Ethan Cochran ended his breakout season with a state title in the discus. Cochran uncorked the winning throw of 185 feet, nine inches on his very first attempt of the competition.
"I was pretty confident coming in and that 185-9 held up," Cochran said. "Coach Ciarelli has helped with my technique and I'm thankful to have him as a coach."
Canyon junior Cody Crampton cleared a lifetime best 6 feet, 11 inches to win the high jump state title. That mark is tied for the eighth best clearance in county history.
"There wasn't another chance until next year, so I just needed to put everything on the table," Crampton said. "Every jump, I was focused on keeping my shoulder in the turn and getting my arms to fire. My coach had a plan for me and it worked out."
El Toro senior Jake Fraser, who finished fourth in discus (172-0), returned to finish second in the shot put with a mark of 61-3½.
"This was my last high school track meet and I wanted to get after it," Fraser said. "The whole season, I just tried to get better and better and I had the chance to compete here at the highest stage. It was a good year."
In the girls' pole vault final, Foothill junior Victoria Rische put the finishing touches on her best season to date. She was among three vaulters to clear 12-4 and was credited with a second-place finish behind Clovis West senior Anginae Monterverde (13-6).
"Even though this wasn't my best performance, being able to get second place at the best meet of the year is a huge progression and I'm looking forward to next year," Rische said.
Woodbridge senior Gabrielle Scott closed out her career with a third-place finish in the 400 in a time of 54.73. She finishes as the second-fastest 400 runner in county history.
"I don't think I ran the race the way I wanted to, but I'm happy that I'm higher on the podium," said. "I felt that I left my stamp on the county and still have a lot of improvement to do."
JSerra senior Katherine Delaney, who entered the meet with the fastest 1,600 in the state this season, finished fourth in the 1,600 at 4:47.20. She finishes her career fifth on the county's all-time list.
"I was feeling a little sore from the start and give it my all, but it wasn't my day," Delaney said. "I'm very pleased with this year."