Boise State redshirt junior and Kenai Central graduate Allie Ostrander throws up her arms after winning the women’s 3,000-kilometer steeplechase title Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Div. I track and field championships in Austin, Texas. (Photo provided by Boise State Athletics)

Boise State redshirt junior and Kenai Central graduate Allie Ostrander throws up her arms after winning the women’s 3,000-kilometer steeplechase title Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Div. I track and field championships in Austin, Texas. (Photo provided by Boise State Athletics)

Ostrander qualifies for national finals in 3,000-meter steeplechase

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, qualified Friday for the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Soldotna runner, the three-time defending champion in the NCAA steeplechase, was running in her first race after turning pro.

She had the second-fastest qualifying time out of two heats. Ostrander ran 9 minutes, 47.54 seconds, to finish second in her heat to Courtney Frerichs, a 2016 Olympian who ran 9:46.35.

The winner of the second heat was Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, in 9:51.43.

The point of qualifying is to make it to the final and not post a fast time. Frerich has a PR of 9:00.85, Coburn is at 9:02.58 and Ostrander has run 9:31.44.

In the finals, the field will race for three spots in the IAAF World Championships, which run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 in Qatar. Coburn already has a spot secured at the World Championships.

The final is at 3:09 p.m. ADT. NBCSN has coverage of the meet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ADT.

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