Ostrander Qualifies, O'Brien Takes 12th
June 7, 2018

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EUGENE, Ore. - Clare O'Brien (33:34.18) took 12th place in the 10,000m Thursday evening at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field, earning Second Team All-America honors in the process. Allie Ostrander ran the fastest 3,000m steeplechase qualifying time in NCAA Championship history thanks to a 9:45.96 in the semifinals, easily winning her heat and putting her in position to defend her national title Saturday.

"Today was a good step forward for us with having so many people running," head coach Corey Ihmels said on the five Bronco competitors running today. "We're excited about the kind of progress that these young ladies have made. We have everyone back next year, so it's a big step for our program."

O'Brien was the leader in the chase pack for the majority of the race, and eventually gutted her way to the second All-America honor of her career. She continued a tradition of Bronco success in the women's 10K, as her finish gives the program its sixth all-time top-15 individual finish in the event at outdoor nationals.

Turning back to the steeplechase, Ostander took over the lead two laps in and never looked back, quickly putting significant space between herself and the rest of the field. While New Mexico's Charlotte Prouse was able to keep up for the majority of the race, Ostrander put on the jets in the last lap and finished ahead of the Lobo by almost four seconds.

The Kenai, Alaska native made NCAA Championship history with her time, but yet still felt that better hurdling could have led to a faster time.

"I thought that it went pretty well," Ostrander said. "Pacing was solid and I was able to string out the pack so it wasn't tight at the end... but I felt like my hurdling wasn't super good today. I kept stuttering before the hurdles and almost tripped on one of the water jumps, so I think I got that out of my system before finals."

"She did a nice job and followed the race plan," Ihmels said on Ostrander's race. "She had a little trouble with some of the hurdles, but we had her run a little slower today than normal, but I think she's poised and ready to go for the final. It should be an exciting day Saturday."

Alexis Fuller ran a 4:15.92 and took 17th in the semifinal of the 1,500m. Running in the second heat, Fuller put herself in good position throughout the race, but was unable to shift into another gear down the backstretch. The result gives her All-America Honorable Mention honors (first individual All-America honor) and caps a fantastic 2018 campaign that saw her win the Mountain West Mile and 1,500m titles.

The Bronco 800m runners - Kristie Schoffield (2:07.66) and Sadi Henderson (2:08.30) - took 21st and 22nd, respectively.  Both earned All-America Honorable Mention honors, giving Henderson the fourth All-America of her career while it was the first for Schoffield.

While neither advanced to the final, Boise State was one of just two schools with multiple 800m runners on the women's side who are both set to return next season.

Saturday will see Ostrander attempt the same double as she did last season with the 3,000m steeplechase final set for 3:54 p.m. PT and then the 5,000m final shortly after at 5:25 p.m. For more information on the historical context of the double, click here.

Meet Results
800m | 21. Kristie Schoffield - 2:07.66 and 22. Sadi Henderson - 2:08.30
| 17. Alexis Fuller - 4:15.92
3,000m Steeplechase | 1. Allie Ostrander - 9:45.96
10,000m | 12. Clare O'Brien - 33:34.18

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