NEW ORLEANS --Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander was named today as the West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year in an announcement by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Ostrander participated in just three indoor meets this season, but she made headlines in each. At the UW Invitational, Ostrander ran the 5,000 meters in 15:21.85, which shattered school and Mountain West Conference records and gave her the third-fastest oversized track time in collegiate indoor history.
Two weeks later, Ostrander returned to Seattle for the Husky Classic, and set school and MW records in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:54.27. Allie's time of 8:54.27 was also the third-fastest on an oversized track in collegiate indoor history and the 10th-fastest regardless of track size.
Ostrander then ran the anchor mile leg of the women's distance medley relay at the MW Indoor Track and Field Championships, helping the Bronco team set the meet record of 11:16.41. The time set another school record and was the third-fastest in conference history. The time was converted to an altitude-adjusted time of 11:06.17, but as it was the #13 time in the nation, just missed qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships, as only the top 12 advvance.
Ostrander did earn invitations in both the 3,000 and 5,000 at the Championships, which are slated for March 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama.