Ostrander wins close finish with fastest NCAA steeple in 2019

May 2, 2019
Allie Ostrander track and field

Allie Ostrander

Kenai’s Allie Ostrander is rarely tested in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, but she faced a stiff challenge from the University of New Mexico’s Adva Cohen at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California.

The Boise State University All-American runner from Alaska eked out a victory over the Israeli international by just five-hundredths of a second in a battle between NCAA favorites.

Ostrander made a statement in making her season debut in the event she dominates as the two-time defending national champion posted of 9:45.66 – the fastest steeplechase time by a collegian this year.

Her time is actually the third best in the world this year. Yes, the world.

Cohen is considered to be the biggest threat to stop Ostrander from winning her third straight NCAA title.

Cohen’s PR of 9:29.74 set last year in Berlin, Germany is faster than the 9:38.57 Ostrander posted a year ago at Stanford.

But on this night, it was Ostrander who got the best of Cohen.

The runners were stride-for-stride with two laps to go. Cohen took the lead back with five barriers to go as the Mountain West competitors pulled away from the rest of the pack.

Ostrander built a slight lead after the final barrier and just barely hung on after out-leaning Cohen at the finish.