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Ostrander becomes a National Champion

Posted: 5:25 PM, Jun 11, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-11 21:31:28-04

She is just a freshman at Boise State but for distance runner Allie Ostrander she is already building her place on Boise State's Mount Rushmore of illustrious athletes.

The Alaskan native won the steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Oregon yesterday.

Only time will tell what kind of other accolades that Allie Ostrander will be able to make happen with the Broncos.

Ostrander was able to use the final 200 meters to pull away from the field of runners to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Hayward field.  Her efforts were also good enough for the third fastest time in Mountain West history.

"After a year where I was kinda out of the sport for various reasons I was able to come back and represent Boise State again and get a national title," said, Distance Runner Allie Ostrander.

Ostrander wasn't done with her afternoon as 75 minutes later she competed in the 5,000 meters race.  She was able to sit in second place on the final lap but eventually would fall and finish in 4th place.  She says the second race could have been different if the races weren't back to back.

"It took quite a bit out of me but I was still happy that I did the 5k and gave it a go even though it probably wasn't what I could have done if I hadn't been in the steeplechase," said, Ostrander.

Ostrander is the 10th individual national champion and the seventh track and field national champion in school history and is just the third Boise State woman in school history to win a national title.

"I'm it will sink in because it's a real moment but I will enjoy it for now and then it will be back to training," said, Ostrander.

The Alaskan native ran last year in the Olympic trials and could be a candidate for our Olympic team in 2020.

"I try not to look too far in the future but I'm obviously really excited about how this outdoor season went and I'm looking forward to training over the summer and working towards my future goals," said, Ostrander.