Bronco Steeplers Honored by MW
April 3, 2018

Mountain West Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Similar to how the two swept the 3,000m steeplechase titles at the Stanford Invitational last weekend, Allie Ostrander and Yusuke Uchikoshi were named the Mountain West Outdoor Women’s and Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, respectively, the conference announced, Tuesday.

Ostrander and Uchikoshi earning the honors marks the first time since May 5, 2015 that a male and female MW student-athlete from the same school won track athlete of the week honors the same week. The last duo to do it were Bronco alums Emma Bates and Jordin Andrade.

Ostrander ran a 9:38.57 to decisively win her second-straight steeplechase title at Stanford, as she also won last year. The time was a meet record, the fastest time in the world this season, the 14th-fastest time in NCAA history and the third-fastest time in Mountain West history.

Ostrander has won all but one steeplechase she has competed in over the course of her collegiate career. The one race she didn't win was the preliminary round of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The 2017 Steeplechase National Champion, Ostrander leads a group of Bronco steeplers that currently rank No. 1 in NCAA Division I in the event. According to the USTFCCCA’s formula of taking the best four athletes in each event from each team, and then taking the average time or mark of the four, Boise State sits in first with an average time of 10:12.73.

Uchikoshi ran a career-best time of 8:38.32 to win a race that was full of the top collegians along with several professionals.

The time was a school record and the fifth-fastest time in conference history. The senior utilized a well-timed kick in the final lap to overtake the field and claim the win in what was a 10-second PR.

Uchikoshi’s time is currently tops in the NCAA. Last season the native of Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan captured the 2017 Mountain West Steeplechase crown and was also an NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier.

Boise State will continue the outdoor season this weekend at the Sun Angel Invitational (April 6-7) in Tempe, Ariz. on the campus of Arizona State.



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