Ostrander leads Boise State women to 2nd in Mountain West

Ostrander leads Boise State women to 2nd in Mountain West

One of the reasons 2015 Kenai Central graduate Allie Ostrander signed with Boise State was to be a part of building a successful program.

That mission continued to be a success Friday at the 2018 Mountain West Cross Country Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego.

The Boise State men claimed the conference title, while the women finished second to New Mexico, 35-33. In addition, 10 Broncos made the All-Mountain West teams, including six women. Both marks are records for the program.

Ostrander made the first team by leading Boise State by finishing fourth. She ran 20 minutes, 14.3 seconds, in the six-kilometer event to finish behind three New Mexico runners. Weini Kelati won at 19:49.3. Boise State had five runners in the top 10.

The 35 points is the lowest Boise State has scored since joining the Mountain West, but it was not enough to keep New Mexico from a 10th straight title.

“At the end of the day and looking back on it, they ran really well,” said head coach Corey Ihmels, who was named the Mountain West Men’s Coach of the Year. “We lost focus a little bit out there, and it came down to just a couple points. We’ll learn from it and hopefully be a better team because of it.”

Next up for Boise State is the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 9 in Sacramento, California.

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