Ostrander caps fab freshman year with silver medal at NCAAs
Her season ended with a silver medal, but Allie Ostrander of Kenai is still Boise State’s golden girl.
The freshman runner capped her remarkable cross country season with a second-place finish among 254 women at the NCAA D1 Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ostrander earned All-American honors and led Boise State to an 11th–place finish in the team standings.
This was only the second time the Boise State women’s team participated at the national meet. The first was last year when the Broncos placed 11th just like this year; except this time around they trimmed their point total from 392 to 330.
Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, finished first or second in all six college races this year.
Notre Dame senior Molly Seidel won the 6K race in 19 minutes, 28.6 seconds, with Ostrander crossing in 19:33.7.
Ostrander beat Seidel at the Wisconsin Invitational in October. She was trying to become the first freshman to win since 1985.
For Seidel, it’s her second national title since June when she won the NCAA 10,000 meter title in Eugene, Oregon.
Ostrander has had a long, action-packed season that started in September when she became just the second American woman to win the women’s junior title at the 31st World Mountain Running Championships in North Wales.
Other titles included victories at the Mountain West Conference and West Regional races. She was also named NCAA West Region Women’s Athlete of the Year.
For her next act, check back for track.