Ostrander All-American in 3,000 at NCAA Indoor Championships
It was an outstanding effort from Ostrander to take second to a three-time national champion and help the women’s team earn its highest-ever finish at indoor nationals.
Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, finished just 99-hundreths of a second behind Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer in 8:53.36.
“(Schweizer) is a great competitor, if I’m going to lose to someone, she’s not the worst option,” Ostrander told reporters. “It’s my personal best, and I haven’t run that in two years, so it’s good to see that I’m moving in the right direction.”
Ostrander’s time 8:54.35 was eight-hundredths of a second off her school and Mountain West record she set as a freshman.
Her runner-up finish is the best by a Mountain West athlete in the women’s 3,000 at the indoor national championship, while also being the highest-finish by a Boise State athlete at the indoor national championship since Eleni Kafourou won the 2009 national title in the triple jump.
At last summer’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ostrander won the 3,000 steeplechase for her first national title.
She’s also earned All-American honors in the outdoor 5,000 and twice in cross-country running, including a second-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships.