Soldotna’s Allie Ostrander was named the Outdoor Track and Field Female Scholar Athlete of the Year on Friday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, shares the award with San Francisco’s Charlotte Taylor.
The Boise State redshirt sophomore earned the honor for winning the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and for putting together a 4.0 grade-point average in working toward her kinesiology degree at Boise State. Taylor also holds a 4.0 in the classroom and won the national title at 10,000 meters.
Ostrander, who will be a junior academically but has sophomore eligibility in cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track due to missing seasons with various injuries, is the first Boise State athlete in the history of the cross-country or track program to win the honor.
In all, five women and three men from Boise State earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.