Elliott and Ostrander To Double at NCAAs
March 2, 2016

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– The field for the 2016 NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships was released on Tuesday night, and Boise State will be represented by both David Elliott and Allie Ostrander. Elliott will compete in the mile and the 3,000m, and Ostrander run in the 3,000m and the 5,000m.

Ostrander is the first Bronco on the women’s side to compete at indoor nationals since Emma Bates in 2014, who also doubled in both the 3,000m and the 5,000m. Elliott will be the first Boise State male to compete at indoors since Kurt Felix in 2012 when he took part in the heptathlon. The last time the men’s and women’s teams were represented in the same year at indoors was also 2012 when Felix was joined by Mele Vaisima who took sixth in the women’s weight throw.

With the top 16 times in each individual event qualifying to nationals, Elliott was initially on the outside looking in of the 3,000m at the end of this past weekend’s conference championships because his time (7:53.15) was No. 17 in the country. But when a runner ahead of him chose not to declare for the event, a spot opened up for Elliott and he moved into the No. 16 position.

He ended last weekend tied with the No. 8 mile time (3:57.38) and was already in the field, but after six runners ahead of him chose not to declare for the event, Elliott now has the No. 3 time entering the championships.

Ostrander has the No. 1 time (8:54.27) in the 3,000m and the No. 2 time (15:21.85) in the 5,000m. The freshman had the No. 1 times in both events for the majority of the season, but Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel – the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Champion – clocked a 15:19.64 in the 5,000m to win the ACC Championships this past weekend to claim the fastest time of the year.

Seidel also has the No. 2 time (8:57.13) in the 3,000m, setting up a repeat matchup of the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships were her and Ostrander finished first and second, respectively.

The four times between Elliott and Ostrander are all school records. Elliott’s mile time is third in the MW record book, and Ostrander’s 3,000m and 5,000m times are both the fastest in MW history.

Nationals will take place from March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala., on the campus of Samford University at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Elliott will compete first in the semifinal of the mile at 5:30 p.m. (CT) and Ostrander will run in the 5,000m at 8:25 p.m. (CT).

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