All-American Ostrander wins prestigious NCAA Elite 90 Award
The reigning steeplechase track national champion and multiple winner in cross country from Boise State earned her fourth career All-American honor after finishing fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
She was also the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award, given to the top scholar-athlete at each of the NCAA’s 90 championship sites. She was the only female athlete to win the award at the D1 meet in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, is a 4.0 student majoring in Kinesiology.
She helped Boise State place sixth in the team race – the highest finish for a Bronco cross country team in the history of the program.
Now another accolade for the Alaskan.
For the second time in her career, Ostrander was named a cross country finalist for the prestigious Honda Sports Award – given to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports who signify “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.”
The winner of the sport award is voted on by more than 1,000 administrators and automatically becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and 2018 Honda Cup.
“The collegiate running path hasn’t been easy, but the challenges and adversity have made me appreciate the small victories so much more,” Ostrander told her school’s website. “It’s an honor to be included in this group of finalists who I know are strong, determined individuals that realize how valuable moments of success like this are.”
This is the fourth time a Bronco has been a finalist for the award, with half belonging to Ostrander.