Ostrander PRs in 3,000 at Millrose Games to win first pro race

February 8, 2020
Allie Ostrander track and field

Allie Ostrander

Using a killer kick, Kenai’s Allie Ostrander came from behind down the stretch to win the women’s 3,000-meter run at the 113th Millrose Games in New York City.

The 23-year-old runner is beginning her second season as a professional and secured her first victory on one of the biggest stages in track and field.

Ostrander, of Kenai Central High fame, topped a field of 12 women in the Mike Frankfurt 3K with a personal-best time of 8:48.94, winning a close finish against Canada’s Julie-Anne Staehli (8:49.01) and Mexico’s Laura Galvan Rodriguez (8:49.74).

Ostrander was in 10th after the first 1,000 meters and seventh at the 2,000 mark before dropping the hammer in the final third of the race.

Ostrander turned pro last year after a sparkling college career at Boise State University, where she was a three-time NCAA champion in the steeplechase and a 13-time NCAA All-American in track and cross country.

She is the first Alaskan since 2016 to win a race at the Millrose Games.

Former Olympian Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks won the women’s 60-meter hurdles at the Millrose Games in 2014 and 2016. She also won the long jump in 2013.