Ostrander and Elliott Earn MW Honors
Feb. 2, 2016

Mountain West Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
After breaking school records this past weekend, Allie Ostrander and David Elliott have been named the Mountain West Track and Field Indoor Women's and Men's Track Athletes of the week, respectively, the conference announced Tuesday. Elliott won the 3,000m at the UW Invitational this past weekend with a time of 7:53.15, and Ostrander took second in the 5,000m after crossing the line in 15:21.85.

Elliott's time was the fifth-fastest time in Mountain West history, and Ostrander broke the conference record by more than 28 seconds which was held by Emma Bates (15:50.78). The freshman has the fastest 5,000m time in the country this year and the redshirt senior's 3,000m is the fourth fastest.

With the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor having an oversized 307-meter track, Ostrander now has third-fastest time in collegiate history on the oversized track list in the indoor 5,000m. If her time would have been on a normal size indoor track, she would have moved into seventh place on the all-time collegiate list in the women's indoor 5,000m.

Her time is also below the 2016 United States Olympic Trials qualifying 5,000m time of 15:25.00, making her eligible to compete in the 5,000m U.S. Olympic Trials later this year in July.

Regardless of track size, Ostrander's 15:21.85 is the fastest indoor 5,000m for any true freshman in collegiate history. Wisconsin's Sarah Disanza ran a 15:20.57 in 2014, but she was a redshirt freshman at the time.

This is Elliott's second MW weekly honor of the indoor season, while it is Ostrander's first. Ostrander earned the honor three times over the course of the cross country season, making her the first athlete in conference history to do so in a single season.

The Broncos will host their fourth home meet of the indoor season this weekend when the Jacksons/NB Indoor Invitational takes place on Feb. 5-6 at the Ford Idaho Center.


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