Healthy again, Ostrander back on track with busy month of May
Kenai’s Allie Ostrander returned to the track for the first time in more than a year.
The pandemic of course played a role in shutting down her 2020 season, but she also used the break to deal with her nagging Achilles injury.
The 23-year-old professional runner turned to platelet-rich plasma therapy to help accelerate the healing.
And although she isn’t pain free, Ostrander feels well enough to get back to doing what she does best.
Two weeks after making her season debut in the 5,000 meters in Irvine, California, she competed in her first steeplechase race since 2020 at the Portland Track Festival over the weekend in Oregon.
Ostrander finished sixth out of 13 women in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:38.72.
It was a stacked field that saw Courtney Frerichs post a convincing win in 9:21.13 while Valerie Constien and Lizzie Bird each ran personal bests and hit the Olympic standard.
Ostrander, of Kenai High fame, was a three-time NCAA championship in the steeplechase at Boise State University.
She has since signed with Brooks Beasts Track Club out of Seattle, Washington.
Two weeks ago, the Alaskan improved her Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 5,000 by running 15:18.45.
She had not raced since February 2020 when she won the 3,000 meters with a PR of 8:48 at the Millrose Games for her first victory as a professional.