Ostrander Earns Mountain West Award
June 15, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The conference named Allie Ostrander the Mountain West Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year on Thursday, as voted on by the league’s coaches. Ostrander becomes the second Bronco to earn the honor, joining Emma Bates (2014).

The redshirt freshman earned a similar recognition from the conference in the 2016 indoor season when she was named the Mountain West Women’s Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year.

The accolade comes on the heels of one of the most unique, but yet incredibly successful outdoor seasons for a distance athlete in Mountain West history. Ostrander competed in the 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and 10,000m over the course of the outdoor season, but still managed to make an indelible mark in each event at season’s end.

After redshirting the 2016 cross country and 2017 indoor track and field seasons due to injury, the native of Kenai, Alaska, began her 2017 outdoor campaign by winning the elite section of the 3,000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational. Ostrander clocked a 9:55.61 to become the second-fastest steepler in school history in what was her first time running the event.

She then tried her hand at the 1,500m at the Mt. SAC Relays and ran a 4:18.19 (also her first-career attempt at the 1,500m) to become the third fastest in the school record book. Ostrander returned to familiarity with her season debut in the 5k at the Border Clash, winning the event with a 16:09.27 to solidify her spot at west preliminaries.

The conference championships then saw Ostrander claim the 10,000m title (35:51.20) and take second in the 5,000m (16:20.45) to rack up 18 points for the Broncos – the most for any Bronco (excluding relays). Possessing the necessary qualifying times in the 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m in the context of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, the Alaskan narrowed her focus to the steeplechase and 5k – beginning her path to what would be a historic double.

She easily qualified in both events at west preliminaries, taking first in the steeple and second in the 5,000m, solidifying her spots in both events in Eugene, Ore.

Ostrander easily took care of business in the steeplechase semifinal and qualified ahead at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, setting the stage for a Saturday that would feature just a 75-minute break between the 3,000m steeplechase final and the 5,000m final.

Ostrander became the second freshman to win an individual national championship and the 10th individual champion in school history when she crossed the finish line first in 9:41.31, claiming the 3,000m steeplechase title. She also was the first freshman to win the steeple since 2006.

She then persevered through the small 75-minute break and put forth a massive effort to take fourth in the 5,000m with a 15:46.18. Ostrander accounted for 15 points to give Boise State a tie for 13th place in the team standings.

The 15 points is also tied for the most from a single Bronco at an outdoor track and field championship in school history. Emma Bates accumulated 15 points in 2014 after winning the 10,000m title and taking fourth in the 5,000m.

Ostrander picked up first team All-America honors in both events, giving her the second and third All-America honors of her young career.

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