SNOWDONIA, North Wales--Allie Ostrander took the lead from the beginning and never was headed as the Boise State freshman won the Junior Women's title at the World Mountain Running Championships. Allie ran the 2.92-mile course, which included 820 feet of elevation gain and descent, in 19 minutes and 44 seconds. She defeated second-place Michaela Stranska of the Czech Republic by 39 seconds while Elsa Racasan of France was third. Ostrander is just the second American woman to win the Junior Championship in history.
Ostrander came into the race as one of the most heralded junior women's mountain runners, having won the Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska six consecutive years.
Ostrander, who won her first collegiate race in her debut last week at the Dual at Speedway Meadows in San Francisco, was rated as the #1 women's cross country recruit coming out of high school in Kenai, Alaska. Ostrander set state records in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, and with a time of 9 minutes, 59.33 seconds at the Big "C" Relays in Anchorage, owned the fastest indoor time in the nation by a high school girl last year and the sixth-fastest girl's indoor time in U.S. history.
Ostrander also won the Nike Cross National Championships last fall with a time of 17:19. Allie won 10 state titles over a four-year career for Kenai Central High School, winning 36 of the 40 races she competed in during her senior year.