Boise State Will Send Five to Eugene
May 27, 2018

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Alexis Fuller broke through in a big way Saturday night on the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships at Hornet Stadium, as she took third in her 1,500m heat and punched her ticket to Eugene, Ore., with the automatic qualifier. Allie Ostrander easily qualified in the 5,000m, setting up another steeplechase and 5K double at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (June 6-9).

The full Bronco contingent will include Ostrander (3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m), Fuller (1,500m), Sadi Henderson (800m), Kristie Schoffield (800m) and Clare O’Brien (10,000m).

The five Broncos that will represent six total entries are both program records on the women’s side at the outdoor national championships.

“We’ll have somebody in every middle distance and distance event,” head coach Corey Ihmels said on the five Boise State qualifiers. “That’s fantastic and shows that our staff is doing a heck of a job. Travis Hartke and Pat McCurry are doing a great job, and our kids came to battle this weekend. I was really proud of how everyone gave 110 percent.”

“Having multiple athletes compete in Eugene will be huge in two weeks because they will feed off each other. We’ve set out to do some big things as a group in track & field and cross country, and the more athletes you get to Eugene, the more it builds momentum. It’s fun to go to the national meet with your teammates, so I know that’s something they are really excited about.”

In the women’s 1,500m, Fuller used her patented kick from 200 meters out to punch her ticket after spending the majority of the race trailing the main pack. She recorded a 4:13.68 and crossed the line third in her heat for the automatic qualifier.

The junior will be just the second Bronco on the women’s side to compete in the 1,500m at nationals, joining Niamh Bierne (1996 and 1997).

Ostrander’s 5,000m race saw the redshirt sophomore initially let New Mexico’s Weini Kelati take off and put significant space between herself and the rest of the trail pack. Eventually, however, Ostrander and Stanford’s Vanessa Fraser went on to catch the Lobo in the final two laps and duked it out for first in the final 100 meters.

Fraser ended up with the win in the heat, but Ostrander’s 15:27.46 for second place coming off her performance in yesterday’s steeplechase was more than enough to qualify in her second event.

The Kenai, Alaska native running in the 5K at nationals in two weeks will mark a seven-season streak of a Bronco competing in the event, dating back to Emma Bates (2012-15), Tessa Murray (2015), Brenna Peloquin (2016), Ostrander (2017) and O’Brien (2017) running it in previous seasons.

Emily Venters (15:54.19) was just shy of earning a qualifying spot in the 5K, as she finished in 15th place overall. Her time was the second fastest for any freshman in the event. Gracie Tostenson (16:19.54) also gave a solid effort and took 31st overall.

Addison Dehaven represented the men’s team in the 5,000m and ran a 14:46.57 for 43rd.

The five Broncos will now return to Boise and practice for the next week and a half before traveling to the University of Oregon and Historic Hayward Field for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

 

Meet Results
Men
5,000m |
43. Addison Dehaven – 14:46.57

Women
1,500m |
7. Alexis Fuller – 4:13.68
5,000m |
5. Allie Ostrander – 15:27.46, 15. Emily Venters – 15:54.19, 17. Clare O’Brien – 15:59.21 and 31. Gracie Tostenson – 16:19.54


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