Boise State redshirt sophomore Allie Ostrander tripped and fell midway through an elite women’s 5,000-meter outdoor track race Thursday night at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California, to finish 18th out of 20 finishers.
Ostrander’s time of 15 minutes, 45.41 seconds, was good enough for an NCAA West Regional qualifying spot. Ostrander’s personal best outdoor 5K remains 15:24.74.
The Kenai Central grad was steadily making her way towards the front of a tightly-clustered pack of racers when she caught the leg of another runner and went down, according to a Boise State press release. Ostrander recovered well to still clock a stout time in the event.
Race winner Meraf Bahta won in a time of 15:15.33, leading a pack of six professional runners across the line in the mixed race. Ostrander was fifth out of the collegiate runners.