Ostrander Takes Second At NCAAs
Nov. 21, 2015

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander finished second in the women’s 6K at the NCAA Cross Country Championships at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville after clocking a 19:33.6, just missing the chance to become only the second women’s freshman in NCAA Division I history to win the individual national title. Ostrander was joined in the top 10 by fellow freshman Brenna Peloquin, who took ninth with a time 20:04.3. The two Broncos propelled the women’s team to an 11th-place day after finishing with 330 points.

The runner-up performance is tied for the best individual finish at nationals in school history, joining Emma Bates’ second-place day in 2013.

With a fast pace to start off the race, Ostrander went out hard with the rest of the lead pack and found herself in the top 10 throughout the first 3K. Just like at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, the freshman quickly matched the pace of the same two seniors in the last two kilometers – Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel and Arkansas’ Dominique Scott.

Seidel and Ostrander ramped up the pace an extra notch in the final kilometer, dropping Scott and making the finish a two-person race. Seidel gradually pulled ahead of the Kenai, Alaska native and went on to cross the line in 19:28.6, just five seconds faster than Ostrander.

Ostrander finishes the season with arguably one of the most successful freshman campaigns in women’s collegiate cross country history. A winner at the Dual in Speedway Meadow, the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, the Mountain West Championship and the West Region Championship, Ostrander wraps up her first cross country season with having taken first or second in every meet she competed in.

After Peloquin’s ninth-place finish – which garnered her USTFCCCA All-America honors – Boise State’s third finisher was Minttu Hukka, who earned 51st place after crossing the finish line in 20:32.5. Anna Holdiman (21:17.4) secured 164th and Alexis Fuller (21:36.1) took 197th to give Boise State their final two scores.

Gracie Tostenson (21:42.2 – 204th) and Charlotte Corless (21:43.3 – 207th) also picked up valuable nationals’ experience.

New Mexico won the team title with 49 points.

The men’s team took 16th in the team standings after concluding the 10K course with 435 points. With a No. 26 national ranking coming into the final meet of the year, the Broncos exceeded their predicted finish by 10 spots.

Freshman Elijah Armstrong (30:43.9) was the low man for the Broncos, taking 70th place. The Mountain West Freshman of the Year was the fifth-fastest freshman in the field at nationals.

The men’s good day was in large thanks to their tight spread, with Michael Vennard (30:54.2) and Louis McAfee (30:58.5) close behind in 93rd and 99th place, respectively.

Rhys Park (31:08.5) was the fourth scorer for Boise State in 120th place, and Addison Dehaven rounded out the day for the Blue and Orange thanks to a 167th finish after clocking a 31:33.9. Chandler Austin (31:33.9) finished right behind Dehaven in 168th and John Rodeheffer (32:01.7) took 203rd.

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek won his third national championship in a row with a 28:45.8, and Syracuse claimed the team championship after closing with 82 points to upset Colorado (91).

WOMEN – 11th / 330 points
place (points)
2 (2). Allie Ostrander – 19:33.6
9 (8). Brenna Peloquin – 20:04.3
51 (34). Minttu Hukka – 20:32.5
164 (127). Anna Holdiman – 21:17.4
197 (159). Alexis Fuller – 21:36.1
204. Gracie Tostenson – 21:41.2
207. Charlotte Corless – 21:43.3

MEN – 16th / 435 points
place (points)
70 (54). Elijah Armstrong – 30:43.9
93 (73). Michael Vennard – 30:54.2
99 (78). Louis McAfee – 30:58.5
120 (96). Rhys Park – 31:08.5
167 (134). Addison Dehaven – 31:33.9
168. Chandler Austin – 31:33.9
203. John Rodeheffer – 32:01.7

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