SEATTLE--Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander broke school and Mountain West Conference records at the UW Invitational, finishing second in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:21.85, breaking both marks by nearly 29 seconds.
Ostrander was beaten only by Olympian Kim Conley (15:09.31) in a stacked field, and shattered the Boise State and conference records previously held by former Bronco great Emma Bates (15:50.78). Among times on an oversized 307-meter track, Ostrander turned in the third-fastest time in collegiate history. Ostrander's time is the fastest 5,000 of the year thus far among collegiate student-athletes.
By virtue of her performance, Ostrander is now eligible to compete in the 5,000m U.S. Olympic Trials in July.
Minttu Hukka and Brenna Peloquin ran the seventh and 10th-fastest collegiate times as Boise State's talented distance runners showed they could compete with some of the best in the nation. Hukka set a personal best of 16:09.36 to finish fifth, while Peloquin was eighth with a time of 16:11.90.
The rest of the mid-distance and distance athletes will compete today at the Invitational, with Jeff Lautenslager kicking off action for the Boise State team at 1:10 p.m. (MT).