Allie Ostrander, Boise State cross country and track and field athlete, successfully finished her red-shirt sophomore campaign, winning Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year. Ostrander is only the second athlete to earn this honor in back-to-back years. She accompanies former Boise State long distance runner Emma Bates.
“Her success this year shows her effort to stay healthy and compete at a really high level for all three seasons,” said Corey Ihmels, head track and field coach in a statement. “It’s not something that is easily done, and she works really hard to get to the highest level in all three disciplines. She continues to raise the bar for the cross country and track and field programs.”
Ostrander finished her year competing in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track and field, with five first team All-American honors. Ostrander was one of six athletes to be awarded five or more All-American honors across three sports nation wide. However, earning five All-American awards is not what Ostrander sees as her biggest accomplishment of her collegiate career.
“I think this year’s Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year was probably my biggest award so far. Ednah Kurgat from New Mexico did win the national championship for cross country and got another three All Americans throughout the year. There’s a lot of talent in our conference, she’s just one of the names I’m throwing out there. There were a lot of good performances. It was an honor to be recognized and stand out amongst those,” Ostrander told The Arbiter.
During the fall of 2017, kinesiology major Ostrander was awarded with the NCAA Elite 90 award. The award was presented to Ostrander for performing at the highest standard during the cross country season while earning a 4.0 GPA.
“We’re so proud of everything Allie has accomplished,” said Curt Apsey, director of athletics in a statement. “She does everything you’d want from a student-athlete, both academically and athletically, and she is an excellent representative for Boise State.”
Ostrander’s success only continued as indoor track and field season came around. Though Ostrander only competed in three meets, she earned herself two All-Americans in the distance medley relay and the 3,000m.
During the outdoor track and field season, Ostrander made a name for herself in the steeplechase. She became the second woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back national steeplechase titles.
“I didn’t foresee any of this; just coming into college receiving an All-American seemed like a big goal. To be able to win two national titles has obviously been exciting, and something I’ve been really happy with. After winning the first one last year, coming back to repeat was definitely on my mind throughout the entire year,” Ostrander said.
In the upcoming year, Ostrander looks forward to competing as a team during the cross country season. As for the outdoor track and field season, Ostrander has only pondered the idea of competing to become a three-time national champion.
“It would be hard not to compete in the event again but, we’ll see where the next year takes me,” Ostrander said.