Ostrander first to 3-peat as Mountain West Athlete of the Year
When it comes to the Mountain West Conference, there is Kenai’s Allie Ostrander and then there is everybody else.
The former Boise State University track and field and cross-country running star became the conference’s first three-time winner of its Athlete of the Year award.
Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, was named the MWC Female Athlete of the Year for a third consecutive season and is one of four Boise State award winners in school history.
“I think this year’s Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year was probably my biggest award so far,” she told The Arbiter. “Ednah Kurgat from New Mexico did win the national championship for cross country and got another three All-Americans throughout the year. There’s a lot of talent in our conference, she’s just one of the names I’m throwing out there. There were a lot of good performances. It was an honor to be recognized and stand out amongst those.”
The redshirt junior successfully defended her national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning in a school-record time of 9 minutes, 37.73 seconds.
She’s the first women to win three straight national titles in the steeplechase and one of only 15th women to three-peat in the same event. In addition to being a first-team All-American in the steeplechase, she was earned second-team All-America honors in the 5,000.
Ostrander racked up 13 All-American finishes in her career in track and cross country.
She also earned All-Mountain West honors in both the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters this spring. She successfully defended her conference title in the 5,000, while taking second in the 1,500 for the second-straight year.
In addition, she posted the country’s top times during the outdoor season in the steeplechase and 10,000. She also set a conference record in the 10,000 and was a semifinalist for The Bowerman.
“Her success this year shows her effort to stay healthy and compete at a really high level for all three seasons,” Boise State track and field coach Corey Ihmels said. “It’s not something that is easily done and she works really hard to get to the highest level in all three disciplines. She continues to raise the bar for the cross country and track and field programs.”
Ostrander turned pro after the NCAA season and has signed a deal with Brooks Sports.