Ostrander Goes Back-To-Back!
June 9, 2018
EUGENE, Ore. - Allie Ostrander successfully defended her 3,000m steeplechase title Saturday evening at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, cruising to the victory in a time of 9:39.28. The redshirt sophomore becomes just the second back-to-back women's steeplechase champion in NCAA history, joining the likes of Jenny Barringer (Simpson), who did it running for Colorado in 2008 and 2009.
Because Barringer went back-to-back as a junior and a senior, Ostrander becomes the first to accomplish the feat in underclass seasons, as she did it in her redshirt freshman and redshirt sophomore seasons.
"I think year one was a bit more of a surprise, but winning again means a lot to me," Ostrander said after the race. "To be able to maintain my spot at the top is really special."
Ostrander convincingly dismantled the rest of the field, as she took the lead in the early stages of the race and never gave it up. The Kenai, Alaska native gradually built a lead that was insurmountable for her competitors, eventually finishing ahead of the second-place finisher by more than six seconds.
"It looked very under control and relaxed," head coach Corey Ihmels said on Ostrander. "She wasn't pressured at any point and she just kind of clicked along, and the end result was the same (as last season). But this was definitely more impressive than what we saw last year."
After feeling like she could have hurdled better in the semifinal, Ostrander excelled over the barriers and handled the water jumps well.
"I think my hurdling and water jumps were a lot better in the final," Ostrander remarked. "I think it was a lot of nerves in the preliminary and I felt a lot smoother today."
In the context of Boise State history, she is the second back-to-back champion, joining recent Boise State Hall of Fame inductee Gabriel Wallin, who won the javelin in 2004 and 2005. In total, the win gives Boise State its 13th national title.
The victory also highlighted an outstanding day for the Mountain West, as not only did it add another season to what is now a three-year streak of being the winning conference in the 3,000m steeplechase - Courtney Frerichs (New Mexico - 2016) Ostrander (2017 and 2018) - but the MW had three of the top eight finishers from today's race. New Mexico's Charlotte Prouse (9:45.45) was second and Utah State's Cierra Simmons (9:49.33) took eighth.
In addition, Ostrander is the third woman to win multiple 3,000m steeplechase titles in NCAA history, joining Barringer (Simpson) (2006, 2008 and 2009) and Emma Coburn (2011 and 2013). Both were bronze medalists for the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 1,500m and steeplechase, respectively.
Ostrander once again attempted the same double as last season and competed in the 5,000m about 80 minutes after winning the steeplechase.
Battling through what was a slow pace for the first four kilometers that ultimately led to it being a kicker's race, Ostrander did well to give it everything she had to take eighth, giving her First-Team All-America honors in the event.
With the 11 points from Ostrander, Boise State finished tied for 25th in the women's team standings. Ostrander has accounted for 26 combined points at the last two outdoor national championships.
The Broncos will now begin offseason training for the 2018 cross country season.
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