Top-10 Finish for Ostrander
July 10, 2016

Results

EUGENE, Ore. –
Boise State rising sophomore Allie Ostrander logged a top-10 finish in the 5,000m Sunday evening at the United States Track and Field (USATF) Olympic Team Trials, finishing in eighth place thanks to a time of 15:24.74. The finish did not earn her a spot on the United States Olympic Team, but it caps off one of the best first-year campaigns for any athlete in Boise State track and field history.

“It was not exactly what I was hoping for, I was hoping to compete with the top girls a little bit more,” Ostrander told reporters after the race. “I think the slow start to the race put a damper on my racing style where I like more of a steady pace, and the constant pickup throughout the race was really hard for me to keep up with and in the end I just didn’t quite have the legs for it.”

The Kenai, Alaska native found a nice pocket in the inside of lane one right from the start and stayed there for the better part of the race. Despite the early slow pace, Ostrander hung around in the middle of the pack and put herself in good position as the race moved along.

She worked her way into fourth place with four laps to go, but the chase pack of four runners slowly made up ground throughout the next two laps and eventually passed her. Ostrander continued to battle, however, grinding her way to another record-breaking time.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who encouraged me through this whole journey,” Ostrander said. “It wasn’t just my family, teammates, coaches and friends, it was also people around town, people sending me Twitter and Facebook messages and people yelling encouraging words as I ran by. I know all those things seem really small, but to me they add up and become even bigger, and I just appreciate all of it.”

Ostrander now has the Mountain West records in both the indoor and outdoor 5,000m, along with the indoor 3,000m. Her indoor 5,000m record came in early January at the UW Invitational after she clocked a 15:21.85, and she now has the outdoor 5,000m record after today’s 15:24.74. The two previous 5,000m records she broke were both set by Bronco alumna Emma Bates.

She was also named the Mountain West Student-Athlete of the Year in both the indoor track and field and cross country seasons, and her runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships earlier in the fall ties for the best individual finish at the championship in school history. The cross country season also saw her win the NCAA West Region Championship along with the Mountain West Championship.

Ostrander and the rest of the Bronco distance group will now continue their summer training and prepare for the upcoming cross country season.

 

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