Ostrander picks up 3rd career Mountain West individual title
Already a conference champion in cross country and track’s distance medley relay, the diminutive dynamo added a 10,000-meter title to her list of accomplishments.
The redshirt freshman clocked a time of 35:51.20 and executed her game plan to perfection of hanging back early and closing late.
“Coach Ihmels wanted us to take out the first few miles really conservatively because of the altitude and the heat,” Ostrander said in a press release. “He didn’t want anyone to burn up and he wanted us to work together as a team. After that we were supposed to slowly build and work towards getting faster and getting into the regional qualifying time range.”
Ostrander has plenty left in the tank at the end and finished with relative ease.
“I know my strength isn’t in my top-end speed, it’s in my ability to maintain a pretty good speed,” Ostrander said. “I really tried to make it a longer kick to get rid of her a little bit earlier.”
This is just the latest impressive showing by the Alaskan this outdoor track season.
She smashed her home stadium record in the 5,000 [16:09.27], posted the school’s third-fastest time in the 1,500 [4:18.9] and collected the school’s second-fastest time in the 3,000 steeplechase [9:55.61].
She dominates every event she enters.
“Allie did a nice job,” Ihmels said. “It was a tough environment tonight with it being a little humid and hotter than what we’re used to, but she did a good job and hopefully it didn’t take too much out of her really moving at the end like that, but it was still really good to see.”