Older Ostrander made a habit of challenging the nation’s best

May 28, 2016

Taylor Ostrander cross country running

Taylor Ostrander

Kenai’s Taylor Ostrander wrapped up her remarkable running career at Willamette University after making another appearance at the national championships.

The senior made a habit of challenging the nation’s best.

Ostrander became just the third Willamette athlete to qualify for eight NCAA D2 Championships with four in cross country and four in track and field.

The senior placed 11th in today’s women’s final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Waverly, Iowa. This was the third consecutive season she advanced to the national finals in the steeple, and the second time she just missed a top-10 finish.

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, is also the bomb in the classroom.

This weekend she was also selected to the First Team Academic All-District VIII for the third year in a row. She owns a 3.8 cumulative GPA as an Exercise Science major.

Now we know where Allie gets it.

On the track, Ostrander is a three-time champion of the 5,000-meter run at the Northwest Conference Championships. She won the NWC title in the steeple in 2014.

On Willamette’s all-time lists, Ostrander is third in the steeplechase (10:40.86 in 2014), fifth in the 10,000 and sixth in the 5,000 (17:13.53 in 2014).

In cross country, she earned All-America honors last fall and helped Willamette place 10th in the nation in the team standings. Willamette finished 12th in Division III in 2013 and took 15th in 2014.

She won the NWC individual cross country title and was named NWC Women’s Runner of the Year in 2014. She helped Willamette win the NWC cross country team title in 2013 and 2014, as well as the NCAA West Regional championship in 2014 and 2015.