Boise State sophomore Allie Ostrander was ranked No. 1 in a preseason cross-country poll published by FloTrack.
The 2015 Kenai Central graduate won four of six races her freshman campaign and capped her season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division I National meet in Louisville, Kentucky.
With Notre Dame runner Molly Seidel, a senior last year, gone to graduation, Ostrander became the prohibitive favorite to win it all this year. Seidel won the Division I championship last fall over Ostrander.
Ostrander leads a Boise State women’s squad that is ranked sixth in a preseason teams poll by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the highest-ever ranking for the Broncos in a preseason poll.
Ostrander enters the season on the heels of a summer Olympic trials run. She qualified for the women’s 5,000-meter final July 7 in Eugene, Oregon, but finished eighth on July 10 in an event that sent only three to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.