Ostrander qualifies for NCAA Championships in two events

May 28, 2017

Allie Ostrander track and field

Allie Ostrander

When Kenai’s Allie Ostrander competes at next month’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, she won’t only be representing her hometown but rather the entire state.

The Boise State University redshirt freshman is believed to be the only D1 athlete from Alaska to qualify for nationals.

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, punched her ticket to Eugene, Oregon, in two events after her performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 run at the West Regions in Austin, Texas.

In the steeplechase, Ostrander clocked a 10:00.02 in the first heat for the fastest overall time on the day. It’ll be the fifth consecutive year that a Bronco steepler on the women’s side has competed at nationals.

In the 5,000, cruised to a second-place showing in 16:25.76.

An All-American in cross country, Ostrander spent the first two-thirds of the race floating among the lead pack and conserving energy.

With four laps to go, the pack started to separate and Ostrander was right there. She shadowed the race winner down the stretch, content with nabbing a qualifying berth with no medals at stake.