Ostrander qualifies for NCAAs, ready to defend steeplechase title

May 26, 2018

Allie Ostrander track and field

Allie Ostrander

Kenai’s Allie Ostrander moved closer to defending her national title in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase as she qualified for next month’s NCAA Track and Field Championships.

The Boise State University redshirt sophomore punched her ticket in the steeplechase and 5,000 with a strong performance at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Sacramento, California.

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, will pull double duty for the second straight year at the NCAA Championships.

Last year, she earned All-American honors in both the steeplechase and 5,000.

She is running well in both events again this year and considered a medal contender.

Ostrander ranks No. 1 in the country with the nation’s fastest time of 9:38.57 set at the Stanford Invitational in March. She qualified in 9:40.20.

She qualified in the 5,000 with a second-place effort in 15:27.46, which is quite a bit faster than her time at last year’s NCAA meet when she ran a 15:46.18 and placed fourth.

Ostrander is among a record five Boise State women going to the NCAA Championships, June 6-9 in Eugene, Oregon.