Allie Ostrander returned to Boise with an armful of awards after winning the individual title Friday at the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships in Reno, Nevada. Ostrander was named Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year, All-Mountain West Conference and MW Freshman of the Year.
The 6K times in Reno were slower due to the inclines of the course at the Montrêux Golf and Country Club course. Given Ostrander's considerable experience at the Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska (that's Allie in the bright yellow at 1:28, 8:14 and extensive coverage beginning at 18:38 of the video above), the hills of the course this past weekend not only were well suited to her abilities; they probably seemed like a walk in the park compared to the Mount Marathon.
"Hills are probably one of my strengths, especially from my experience in Alaska," Ostrander said. "I might have been more used to it than some other people."
Ostrander began separating herself from the pack at about the 4k mark, crossing the finish line in 21:49.97. Allie's time was 15 seconds faster than Courtney Frerichs of New Mexico, who finished the Championships with a second-place time of 22:05.19. Frerichs earned All-America status at last year's NCAA National Championships.
Ostrander helped the Bronco women finish second to New Mexico, the #1 team in the nation.
Next up for Allie and the Broncos--the NCAA Regional Championships in Seattle, Washington. That race will be run Friday, November 16 at the Jefferson Park Country Club course in Seattle, Washington. The top two teams at each regional competition automatically advance to Nationals, with at-large entries added to make 31 teams competing.