Broncos Qualify Three More Friday
May 25, 2018

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Allie Ostrander left no doubt Friday night of her intentions to defend her 3,000m steeplechase national title as she ran a 9:40.20 to take first place at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships and guaranteed her spot in Eugene at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Sadi Henderson and Kristie Schoffield also punched their tickets to Eugene in the 800m as Henderson was able qualify on her third-place performance in the third heat while Schoffield’s bid was a product of her time.

Ostrander led almost the entire race and looked under control the whole way in what was a dominant effort. Not only does her qualification maintain her quest for a second national title, but it also extends Boise State’s streak to six seasons of having a women’s 3,000m steeplechase athlete compete at nationals.

The redshirt sophomore’s time was more than seven seconds faster than the nearest competitor and was also roughly two seconds shy of her personal-best time (9:38.57) in the event.

Henderson and Schoffield were absolutely sensational in the third heat of the 800m quarterfinals, as the junior clocked a 2:02.38 – making her the second-fastest performer in Mountain West history – while the freshman ran a career-best 2:05.18.

Running in arguably the toughest heat of the day, Henderson hung right with the leaders the entire way and used a late surge in the last 150 meters to pass up an Arizona State runner for third place, giving her the automatic qualifier. Schoffield was the beneficiary of what turned out to be a fast heat, as she gradually willed her way into contention and pushed her way to Eugene with a gutsy final effort in the last 100 meters. She took fifth in the heat and qualified based on time, further improving her position as the second-fastest Bronco in school history.

Boise State and Texas A&M are the only two schools in the NCAA West Preliminary who will advance multiple 800m athletes to Eugene. In addition, Henderson and Schoffield’s accomplishment will mark the first time that two Bronco 800m athletes will compete at nationals (indoors or outdoors).

Anna McDonald and Kyra Lopez also competed in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. McDonald ran a personal-best time of 10:04.52, but ended up taking 13th and was one spot shy of qualifying to nationals. Lopez (10:27.24) also had a career-best performance and took 36th.

Yusuke Uchikoshi was the lone competitor on the men’s side for the Broncos. He ran an 8:48.03 in the 3,000m steeplechase and also came up short of moving on to Eugene.

Boise State will compete in the third and final day tomorrow with Alexis Fuller (women’s 1,500m), Addison Dehaven (men’s 5,000m), Allie Ostrander (women’s 5,000m), Gracie Tostenson (women’s 5,000m), Clare O’Brien (women’s 5,000m) and Emily Venters (5,000m) all looking to punch tickets to nationals. The first Bronco event will start at 6:45 p.m. PT (women’s 1,500m).

 

Meet Results
Women
800m |
4. Sadi Henderson – 2:02.38 and 12. Kristie Schoffield – 2:05.18
3,000m Steeplechase | 1. Allie Ostrander – 9:40.20, 13. Anna McDonald – 10:04.52 and 36. Kyra Lopez – 10:27.24

Men
3,000m Steeplechase |
18. Yusuke Uchikoshi – 8:48.03


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