Jantzen Oshier has been the subject of much discussion thus far in his freshman year. The former California 1600 meter state champion transferred to Division II program Humboldt State this spring after being ruled ineligible to compete at Cal-Berkeley.
On Saturday, Oshier claimed a pair of victories at the California Collegiate Athletic Assocation (CCAA) conference championships, first taking the 1500 meter title in 3:58.29 and then doubling back with a win in the 800 meters in 1:53.38.
Oshier’s performances earned him CCAA male freshman of the year honors.
Due to his standing on the NCAA Division II performance list, Oshier will most likely not move on to the national championships in Pueblo, Colo.
In the men’s team competition, Chico State won its ninth straight conference title in a narrow 6.5 point margin over Cal State Los Angeles.
Giorgio Bryant of Cal State L.A. was named male track athlete of the year on the basis of his win the 200 meters, runner-up finish in the 100 meters and victories in both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
UC San Diego’s Nick Howe, who claimed his fourth consecutive CCAA javelin championship, and Cal State Stanislaus’s Ryan Gates, first in the hammer throw and seventh in the shot put, shared co-field athletes of the year.
Chico State was also victorious on the women’s side for the third consecutive season, earning 154.5 points to second place UC San Diego’s 146.5 points and third place Cal State L.A.’s 144 points.
Both female athletes of the year had busy weekends at Jesse Owens Track on the campus of Cal State L.A.
Jacqueline Rose of UCSD, the track athlete of the year, won the 200 meters, 400 meters and anchored the Triton 4×400 squad to victory as well as finishing sixth in the 100 meters and running a leg on the third place 4×100 relay.
Winning a heptathlon is typically a feat in itself, but Cal State L.A.’s Tuekeha Huntley not only won the grueling two-day long event with 4908 points but also went on to score in five other events for the Golden Eagles – the long jump (first), 100 meter hurdles (fourth), 4×400 meter relay (fourth), javelin (fifth) and high jump (tied for sixth).
Find full results from the CCAA Championships here.