Ostrander given Alaska Sports Hall of Fame award

  • By Staff Report
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:42pm
  • Sports

The awards keep coming for Kenai Central senior Allie Ostrander.

After completing one of the most dominant high school running seasons in Alaska state history in 2014, the phenom from Kenai was announced Wednesday as the winner of the “Pride of Alaska Award” (among female athletes) for “Consistent Excellence in Athletic Competition.”

One of four Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Directors’ Award recipients, Ostrander shattered the long-standing high school state records in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meter track events in May, broke her own course record en route to winning her sixth straight junior girls Mt. Marathon race and becoming the first girl to win the event outright over the boys in July, won her third straight state cross-country running championship in October, and put the icing on the cake by becoming the first prep Alaskan to win a national running title at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, in December.

The 2015 Directors’ Awards recipients will be recognized along with the Class of 2015 inductees during the annual Alaska Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Anchorage Museum on Thursday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Directors’ Awards give our organization the opportunity to shine a light on some of Alaska’s sports figures who are making history right now,” said Harlow Robinson, Executive Director of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s a nice bookend to the inductee enshrinements.”

Ostrander also maintains a 4.0 GPA and has helped establish the Salmon Run series in Kenai.

Alaska Pacific University nordic ski program director Erik Flora claimed the “Pride of Alaska” award among men. UAA running coach Michael Friess claimed the Joe Floyd Award, for “Significant and Lasting Contribution to Alaska through Sports”, and Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle took the Trajan Langdon Award for “Leadership, Sportsmanship and Inspiration.”

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