Soldotna runner Allie Ostrander was named Mountain West Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Tuesday in a press release from the conference.
The scholar-athlete award honors one male and female athlete each year who best exemplifies the term student-athlete by “achieving excellence in academics, athletics and community involvement”. Ostrander helped earn the award by winning a third straight Div. I steeplechase title in early June, the first female athlete ever to three-peat in a Div. I championship, while graduating Boise State with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in kinesiology. The honor is Ostrander’s first scholar-athlete of the year award after being named to the MW scholar-athlete list in each of her four years at Boise State.
Ostrander was named MW Athlete of the Year for a conference-record third straight year on Aug. 15, and Tuesday’s honor gave the 2015 Kenai Central grad four awards for the outdoor track and field season. Ostrander is also a semifinalist for the Bowerman award, college track’s highest honor.
Ostrander currently competes as a professional runner for Brooks Running out of Seattle, Washington, and is a member of the Brooks Beasts club. Ostrander is scheduled to run at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 28 to Oct. 6.