But now, it’s the one thing he loves most.
The Charger senior committed to Walsh University on Thursday, where he will be running in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdle events.
“It’s funny,” Ostheimer said. “I remember coming in, that was the one thing I absolutely did not want to do and now here I am signing to Walsh University doing hurdles. I just love the adrenaline and the drive it takes to be good at hurdles.”
Deciding on Walsh was much easier than expected.
“It was the first college I looked at to run track and field. Immediately when I got there, Coach (Roger) Herstine and I connected. The whole campus atmosphere, I just fit right in. I even went to an overnight and stayed with one of their track athletes and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. It felt like family to me and I could tell early on that that’s where I am supposed to be.”
Ostheimer wants to take a determined mindset to Walsh.
“I want to have a positive attitude. I’m always trying to look at the positive no matter what occasion. I also want to take a hard work ethic. I want to work hard, I don’t want anything given to me — just the motive of wanting to be the best I can be no matter what.”
But the track isn’t the only place Ostheimer has succeeded in. He was also a part of the football and basketball programs — both of which have had remarkable seasons the last two years.
Ostheimer has quite the resumé, being named an All-Ohio first teamer as a defensive back, All-Ohio honorable mention in basketball and All-Ohio first-team in track. Last season, Ostheimer was a member of the 4x400-meter relay that went to state, placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles and holds a school record in that event with a time of 39.01.
Ostheimer said that competing in two other sports will really be a testament to his athleticism.
“I think it shows how versatile of an athlete I am and not just being stuck to one sport,” he said. “It helps me, because I take what I learn from the other sports and I put that out there on the track. Especially because the freshmen are doing hurdles and this is their first time. I know what they’re going through, because I had to go through it to. So I’m able to take those leadership skills from football and basketball and apply them out on the track.”
Ostheimer, the son of Kurt and Elena, will be majoring in exercise science and pre-physical therapy.