Ostrander, Fletcher help teams qualifier for NCAAs

November 13, 2015

Allie Ostrander running

Allie Ostrander

She was 1,500 miles from Kenai, but Allie Ostrander felt right at home today in Seattle.

The conditions were wet and windy, similar to Alaska.

And she won the race, just like she did so many times in Alaska.

The Boise State freshman achieved arguably her greatest accomplishment by winning the NCAA West Regional title, powering through a steady rain to post a 6-K time of 20 minutes, 10 .9 seconds.

“It felt really good,” Ostrander told the school’s website. “It was a fun race, kind of adventurous out there with it being muddy and slick, but it was fun and it made it all the better that we had a good team race.”

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, is just the second Boise State runner to win the West Regional title.

Her victory led the Broncos to a second-place finish to secure the team’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships next weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ostrander put the hammer down at the 4-K mark to pull away from the field and finish 22 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

She was coming off a victory at the Mountain West Conference Championships.

Aaron Fletcher running

Aaron Fletcher

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aaron Fletcher of Anchorage helped BYU finish third at the NCAA Mountain Regional to help the Cougars advance to the NCAA Championships for the 17th straight season.

Fletcher placed second on his team and 16th overall with a 10-K time of 30:23.4.

The senior captain won the West Coast Conference championship in his last outing.

Fletcher, of South High fame, has placed in the top-20 in all six races this season.