Ostrander PRs in steeplechase at World Championships in Qatar
Just-turned-professional runner Allie Ostrander of Kenai posted a personal record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
The 22-year-old finished in 9:30.85 to slice a half-second off her previous PR and finish 17th out of 42. The top 15 made the finals.
The former three-time NCAA champion was seventh in her heat and missed qualifying for the finals by less than a second.
“My expectations for the race were definitely higher,” she said. “I wish that I could have done more.”
Ostrander has championship expectations, so you can understand her mindset.
Nonetheless, the result was remarkable when you remember she started the season in college. And then two months after turning pro she was representing Team USA on the world stage.
Ostrander, of Kenai Central High fame, was also a second off the Olympic A standard.
“To be so close, but still looking in,” she said.
This will drive her moving forward. Looking back on the race, she already has spotted a few things she will clean up.
“I got behind people a lot (and) I had to stutter a lot before hurdles. There were a few times where I almost came to a stop before a barrier,” she said. “I think if I had run a little differently, I could have had that couple of seconds and really had a chance at the final.
“But, you know, it’s over and done with it.”