Boise State coach on Ostrander: “Nothing ceases to amaze you”
From cross country to the 1,500, the Boise State running star is a threat to rewrite the record book each time she laces up her shoes.
“Nothing ceases to amaze you,” Broncos track coach Corey Ihmels told the Idaho Statesman.
The diminutive dynamo was up her amazing tricks again today as the sophomore All-American made her debut in the women’s 1,500 at the 59th annual Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, California.
Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, clocked a time of 4:18.19 for the third-fastest mark in Boise State history.
She finished 10th out of 28 finishers, top five among NCAA runners.
This comes two weeks after she won her debut in the 3,000-meter women’s steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California.
Her time of 9:55.61 is the second-fastest in school history.
It was her first race in eight months, so if she was rusty it didn’t show. Her stomach, on the other hand, was in knots.
“That’s probably one of the times I’ve been more nervous for a race,” she told the newspaper. “Before the race, I was super nervous. I kind of thought I was going to throw up.”
Last year, everything seemed to come easy for Ostrander.
She placed first or second in all six races of her freshman season, won the Mountain West title and earned All-America honors after finishing second at the NCAA Championships. She kept it going during the indoor track season, breaking conference records for the 3,000 and 5,000.
Injuries cut her indoor season short, however, and she was forced her miss the entire outdoor season.
She came back in July to run the 5,000 at the Olympic Trials. She made it through prelims to become the only collegiate runner in the finals.
Later, she revealed another injury that caused her to miss the cross country season.
Now she’s back, healthy, happy and running faster than ever.
She’s also got a new perspective on running after her multiple injuries made her slow down physically and mentally.
“I’m absolutely getting better at training smart,” Ostrander told the newspaper. “When I need to go slower one day, and maybe go a little bit faster another day, when I need to back off and just do bike for one day.
“I have to remind myself that it’s way better and way easier to take one to two days off than one to two months.”