He’s the quarterback, running back and safety for his eight-man football team that made the Class D-2 quarterfinals last fall. The point guard who averages 18 points, six boards and three assists per game in the winter. The do-everything player on the baseball diamond in the summer.
You can label Osceola’s dynamic athlete Isaiah Zelasney as a state track champion, too. Not in one event, but four.
On Wednesday at Burke Stadium in Osceola, Zelasney, a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore, won the 100- (11.02 seconds), 200- (22.19) and 400-meter (50.69) dashes. Then he joined forces with Alexx Winkleman, Xavier Blackburn and Tim Tannehill to grab gold in the 4×400 relay (3 minutes, 31.28 seconds).
“Really, my goal was to walk away with three golds,” Zelasney said Wednesday. “Just being here was exciting, but to walk away with four golds, it was better.”
The 4×400 win sealed the deal, giving Osceola the D boys team title with 46 points to edge out Mullen, which finished with 36.
It was a quick turnaround after each race for Zelasney, too. He said he had about a 10- to 20-minute break between each race.
“I just tried to drink a lot of water and keep my legs loose,” he said. “This whole week I was trying to keep myself in good shape, and it worked.”
Zelasney, a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore, really enjoyed his win the 200, which is the school record. He’s good friends with Central Valley’s Jackson McIntyre since the two played baseball with each other a couple years ago. McIntyre was the D 200 state champ two years ago, and the two speed demons joked about how cool it would be to finish 1-2 on Thursday.
Then it almost happened. McIntyre finished third with a time of 22.92.
“It was my biggest accomplishment,” Zelasney said of the 200. “We wanted to go 1-2, but he’s (McIntyre) just coming off an injury and he got third. I was just glad to cross the finish line with him.”
What’s next? What follows up a 4-for-4 performance at state track?
“I just want to work harder and see what happens,” he said.