Boise State redshirt freshman Allie Ostrander shows off the first-place trophy from the 3,000-meter steeplechase and fourth-place trophy from the 5,000 meters, both earned at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo provided by Boise State Sports Information)

Boise State redshirt freshman Allie Ostrander shows off the first-place trophy from the 3,000-meter steeplechase and fourth-place trophy from the 5,000 meters, both earned at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo provided by Boise State Sports Information)

Ostrander earns West Region Athlete of Year

Boise State redshirt junior Allie Ostrander was named the West Region Women’s Athlete of the Year this week in a press release by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Ostrander of Kenai Central High fame received the award for the second time in her illustrious collegiate career, and earned the 2018 honor after going undefeated against West Region opponents this year, including a dominant victory last Friday at the West Region Championship meet in Sacramento, California. Ostrander won the women’s 6-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 9 seconds, more than 13 seconds ahead of second place. The win was the seventh of her college career at Boise State, tying her with Broncos alum Emma Bates for most women’s win in school history.

This weekend, Ostrander is gunning for her first national title in cross-country at the NCAA Division I Championships in Madison, Wisconsin. Ostrander has finishes of second and fourth in two previous tries at the national meet, and begins her assault on the title Saturday at 7:45 a.m. AST.

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