Ostrander likely to miss NCAA cross-country running season

October 16, 2016

Allie Ostrander running

Allie Ostrander

The injury bug has bit Kenai’s Allie Ostrander, the NCAA’s top-ranked cross country runner.

The Boise State University sophomore standout will likely miss the rest of the season because of an injury, as first reported by letsrun.com.

The All-American has not participated in each of Boise State’s first four meets, including this weekend’s Wisconsin Invitational, which is the race she won last year in her national breakout party.

Ostrander’s last race came during the Olympic Trials in July when she was the only college runner to qualify for the 5,000-meter finals, finishing eighth.

It seems like the injury bug is the only thing capable of slowing down the dominant diminutive runner.

After a fabulous freshman cross country season that saw her finish first or second in all six stars, including a runner-up showing at the NCAA Championships.

She kept it going during the indoor track and field season, where she broke the Mountain West Conference record for the 3,000 and 5,000.

However, she was forced to withdraw from the national championships during the 5,000 when she stepped off the track with a stress fracture to her tibia. She missed the outdoor season.

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, was a three-time state cross country winner and won the 2014 Nike Cross National race. But she missed the track and field season as a senior due to tendinitis in her right hip.

When healthy, Ostrander is the runner to beat. She entered her second season with Boise State as the No. 1 ranked cross country runner in the nation by FloTrack.