Ostrander sizzles under Texas sun, wins 3rd NCAA steeple title

June 8, 2019
Allie Ostrander cross country running

Allie Ostrander

The scorching sun wasn’t the only thing to melt the track at the NCAA Championships.

Kenai’s Allie Ostrander ran a blistering PR of 9:37.73 in 98-degree heat to make NCAA history by becoming the first woman to win three consecutive national championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The Boise State University redshirt junior broke the Mike A. Myers Stadium record in Austin, Texas, of 9:44.32 she posted two days ago in prelims.

Ostrander, of Kenai Central High fame, has never lost a steeplechase race.

She is the second woman to claim three national titles in the event since Colorado’s Jenny Barringer (2006, 2008-09).

But Ostrander is the first to three-peat.

“It’s so special,” she told ESPN. “I mean, it’s never been done before, and I feel like most of the stuff I’ve done in the NCAA is stuff that other people have done and I’m just replicating it, but this one is all mine and that feels really special.”

Coming back less than 90 minutes later, Ostrander took 16th in the 5,000-meter to earn second-team All-America honors.

This was the third straight year she delivered an All-American double.