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Crater’s Tostenson, Gorze break records at Jesuit meet

PORTLAND — Crater freshman Josiah Tostenson lived up to his phenom status at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays Friday night where he became the fastest-ever ninth-grader in the mile and 1,500-meter dash at the state and national level.

Tostenson set the national freshman record in both the mile with a time of

4 minutes, 9.11 seconds, as well as in the 1,500, where he crossed the finish line in 3:52.3.

The two record times came during the same race.

The national freshman record of 4:11.87 for the mile previously belonged to Marcus Reilly of Northbridge High School in Massachusetts, set in 2021, while the national freshman record in the 1,500 was 3:53.9 set by Austin Tamagno of Brea-Olinda High School in Brea, Calif., in 2013.

Although Tostenson finished in 12th place in both the mile and 1,500, to put his feats into perspective of where his freshmen records compare to all classes, the current high school record for the 1,500 is owned by Hobbs Kessler of Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. He timed 3:34.36 as a senior in 2021.

The all-time fastest mile was recorded by Alan Webb from South Lakes High School in Virginia at the Prefontaine Classic in 2001. His mark still stands at 3:53.43.

The previous Oregon freshman record in the 1,500 had been held since 1993 by Billy Harper of Junction City. He clocked 3:58.5, while the all-time best 1,500 time for all classes was set by Central Catholic’s Galen Rupp in 2004 with a time of 3:45.3.

Junior standout Tyrone Gorze, Tostenson’s Crater teammate, set the school record in both the mile (4:08.24) and 1,500 (3:50.31), finishing in seventh place in the event.

Also for the Comets, Jeffrey Hellman captured fourth place in the 1,500 with a time of 3:56.79.

South Medford’s Andrew Walker and North Medford’s Nathan Rider finished first and third, respectively, in the boys 100-meter dash.

Walker won the 100 with a time of 10.75 seconds, his third-fastest time so far this season. Rider, who also matched up against Walker at the Oregon Relays last week, finished in 10.92.

Also for the Panthers, Michael Maiorano took fifth place in the mile, timing 4:06.31 and clocked 3:49.89 in the 1,500, good for sixth place.

Phoenix’s Elwood Hosking finished second in the varsity flight of the 3,000, recording a personal-best time of 8:48.79.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Crater's Josiah Tostenson, shown in action during the recent Medford Rotary Relays, broke the national freshman record in the 1,500 and the mile at the Jesuit Twilight Relays on Friday.