Ostrander finishes 5th in elite field at Nuttycombe Invitational

September 28, 2018
Allie Ostrander cross country running

Allie Ostrander

Boise State University junior Allie Ostrander of Kenai turned in another excellent effort against a loaded field, finishing fifth among 227 women at the Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin.

Seven of the nation’s top-10 cross-country running teams competed in the meet that had a championship setting.

Ostrander and the Broncos were up for the challenge.

The fifth-ranked women finished second at the meet with 91 points – trailing only No. 2 Colorado’s 80.

Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, led three Boise State runners in the top 10 with a 6-K time of 19 minutes, 40.4 seconds. She was in the lead pack the entire way before Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson pulled away on her home course to win in 19:33.3.

Second place and fifth place were separated by fewer than five seconds.

Ostrander – a two-time cross country All-American and the 2015 NCAA national runner-up – came into the race ranked No. 2 by FloTrack.