Ostrander and Ihmels Earn Region Honors
Nov. 17, 2015


Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2015 NCAA Division I Cross Country season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as voted on by the Division’s coaches, and Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander along with head cross country coach Corey Ihmels were named the West Region Women’s Athlete of the Year and West Region Women’s Coach of the Year, respectively.

Ostrander won the West Region Championships by 22 seconds and buoyed the women’s team to a second-place finish with 80 points, just one point shy of champion Oregon (79). The Kenai, Alaska native has won or taken second in every race she has competed in this year.

She won the Dual in Speedway Meadow on Sept. 11, took second at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 26, and then rattled off three-straight wins at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 16), Mountain West Championships (Oct. 30) and most recently the West Region Championships (Nov. 13). In her four victories this season, she has recorded an average margin of finish of 13.5 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Ostrander is the first Boise State cross country athlete to earn the honor since Emma Bates in 2013.

The West Region Women's Coach of the Year honors for Ihmels marks his second-straight year of winning the award after earning his first last year in 2014. While at Iowa State, Ihmels earned Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year honors in three-straight seasons (2010-2012).

In just three years at Boise State, Ihmels has guided the women’s team to their first and second appearances to nationals in school history (2014-2015).  In 2013 he helped Bates capture individual runner-up honors at the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships, and last year the women’s team took 11th in the team standings.

The Broncos will toe the line at nationals this Saturday, Nov. 21 with the women’s race set for noon (ET) and the men’s race set for 1 p.m. Look for the preview to come out Thursday on broncosports.com.

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