BOISE, Idaho--Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander showed no ill effects of a long cross country season last week, finishing second in the 5,000 meters at the UW Invitational in Seattle.
Ostrander broke the Boise State and Mountain West records in the event, which were set last year by Boise State's Emma Bates. "I was really happy with my first indoor race," Ostrander said. "It went better than expected. I'm just excited from here on out to improve upon that."
After winning the race, both Kim Conley (the U.S. Olympian who won the race) and Bates tweeted congratulations to Ostrander. Allie is impressed with the closeness of the distance running community: "It's definitely one of the best parts about the sport. I love the camaraderie of it and how runners are able to support each other and realize that the competition that we provide is really just helping all of us to reach our potential."
Ostrander's success isn't limited to her cross country and track achievements. Earlier in the week, she was honored at halftime of the Boise State-Utah State basketball game as one of Boise State's Scholar Athletes. How is she able to accomplish all that and balance her academic and athletic requirements? "I think it's really just a matter of prioritizing your time and realizing when you really need to buckle down and spend all your time on studies and when you can do other things," Ostrander said.