Ostrander PRs at Olympic Trials, finishes eighth out of 14 pros
Kenai’s Allie Ostrander ran a personal record against an elite women’s field of professionals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
The 24-year-old Alaskan clocked a time of 9:26.96 to cut nearly four seconds off her previous PR and finished eighth out of 14 runners with an Olympic berth on the line.
The top three finishes punched their tickets to the Toyko Summer Games.
Ostrander, of Kenai Central High fame, did finish strong with the fourth-fastest time on the final lap, but she was never in the running for a top spot.
She is a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier and repeated her eighth-place finish from 2016.
Ostrander will have another shot at qualifying for the Olympics as she will complete in the 10,000 on Saturday.
She was a three-time NCAA steeplechase national champion in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before turning pro. She’s sponsored by the Seattle-based Brooks Beast pro team.