Bronco Trio Heads to Eugene
June 6, 2017

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Boise State will send three athletes – Sadi Henderson, Clare O’Brien and Allie Ostrander – to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Eugene, Ore., from June 7-10 on the campus of the University of Oregon. Henderson (800m), O’Brien (5,000m) and Ostrander (3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m) will represent the Blue and Orange at Hayward Field.

Athletes qualified by placing in the top 12 of their respective events at the NCAA East and West Preliminary Championships. In total, 24 competitors (12 from each preliminary) will be competing in each event at nationals.

WATCH LIVE: Televised by the ESPN family of networks, the championships will shift between ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 depending on the time and day. ESPN3 will air continuous coverage during each day of competition, while additional broadcasts will be available on the following channels:

All Times are Pacific
Wednesday, June 7
ESPNU | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
ESPN2 | 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 8
ESPN2 | 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, June 9
ESPN | 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 10
ESPN | 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

All Times are Pacific

Thursday, June 8
Allie Ostrander (3,000m steeplechase, semifinal) | 5:02 p.m.
Sadi Henderson (800m, semifinal) | 6:14 p.m.

Saturday, June 10
Allie Ostrander (3,000m steeplechase, final) | 3:54 p.m.
Sadi Henderson (800m, final) | 4:44 p.m.
Allie Ostrander and Clare O’Brien (5,000m, final) | 5:25 p.m.

WHAT GOT THEM HERE: Sadi Henderson (800m) was the first to qualify out of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Austin, Texas, two weeks ago, running a 2:03.91 for the second-fastest time of the day regardless of heat. The time improved upon her school record and the No. 5 outdoor time in Mountain West history.

Allie Ostrander (3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m) was dominant in solidifying what will be a rare double at nationals this week. She began by clocking a 10:00.02 in the steeplechase to win the event in convincing fashion, and then followed it up the next day with a 16:25.76 in the 5k for the No. 2 time on the evening.

Clare O’Brien (5,000m) put forth a gutsy effort to punch her ticket in the 5,000m at regionals, earning the last qualifying spot thanks to a 16:41.62. The time was seventh in her heat, but it was fast enough to advance the freshman on time.

OSTRANDER CONTINUING A STEEPLE TRADITION: The Kenai, Alaska native will continue what will be a five-year streak that a Bronco steepler on the women’s side has competed at nationals. Minttu Hukka (2016) and Marisa Howard (2013-15) started the streak the previous four years. Robin Wemple (2003) also ran in the steeplechase at nationals, setting up Ostrander to be the fourth Bronco to ever compete in the event.

PAIR OF BRONCOS IN THE 5K: The duo of Ostrander and O’Brien will be the fifth and sixth Boise State runners on the women’s side to run in the 5,000m at outdoor nationals in school history, joining Brenna Peloquin (2016), Emma Bates (2012-15), Tessa Murray (2015) and Melinda Campbell (1998-99). The two running in the same year will be the second time the Broncos have accomplished the feat, as Bates and Murray both competed in the same race in 2015.

HENDERSON MAKING HISTORY: The Corvallis, Mont., native will be the first women’s 800m runner at outdoor nationals in school history. In addition, she will be the first women’s middle distance runner to represent Boise State since Niamh Beirne (1,500m) in 1997.

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