Ostrander Earns USTFCCCA Regional Award
March 4, 2016

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Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season were announced Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and Allie Ostrander was named the West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year.

Ostrander ran in just three indoor meets, but she made a splash in all three races she competed in. She first participated at the UW Invitational and competed in the 5,000m, running a time of 15:21.85. The time shattered the school and Mountain West records, and also gave her the third-fastest oversized track time in collegiate indoor history.

She returned to Seattle two weeks later and took part in the Husky Classic and raced in the 3,000m. She clocked an 8:54.27 to win the race and break the school and MW records for the second time in three weeks. The time was the third fastest on an oversized track in collegiate indoor history, and is the 10th fastest regardless of track size.

The freshman concluded her indoor season by running the anchor mile leg of the women's distance medley relay at the MW Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Bronco DMR team set the meet record with an 11:16.41 to win the event by 12 seconds over second-place Fresno State (11:28.45). The time was also a school record and the third fastest in conference history.

Since the MW Indoor Championships were at altitude in Albuquerque, N.M., the time was converted to an 11:06.17 in regards to placement in the national rankings. With the top 12 times qualifying to nationals, the Broncos' effort gave them the No. 13 time and just saw them miss out on a qualifying spot.

The Kenai, Alaska native is slated to compete in both the 3,000m and the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend in Birmingham, Ala., from March 11-12. Her 3,000m time gives her the top time in the field, and her 5,000m time ranks No. 2.

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