Allie Ostrander competes in a women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase preliminary heat Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the NCAA Div. I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. (Photo provided by Boise State Athletics)

Allie Ostrander competes in a women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase preliminary heat Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the NCAA Div. I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. (Photo provided by Boise State Athletics)

Ostrander runs at USATF meet, Carstens scores big for Chicago State

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central high school, took seventh place in the women’s 3,000-meter run at the USATF Indoor Championships on Feb. 14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The effort came one week after Ostrander had won the 3,000 at the prestigious Millrose Games, also an indoor meet, in New York City.

In New York, Ostrander recorded a personal-best 8 minutes, 48.94 seconds, for the victory. In Albuquerque, which is 5,300 feet above sea level, Ostrander ran 9:03.55.

Shelby Houlihan won the race in 8:52.03.

Carstens has big freshman year for Chicago State

Bethany Carstens, a 2019 graduate of Nikiski High School, is more than proving she belongs at the Division I level in her freshman season.

Playing at Chicago State, Carstens has appeared in 24 games this year and is averaging 11.9 points per game.

The 5-foot-9 guard is standing out most as a shooter. Carstens is shooting .375 from the floor, but is a red-hot .410 from 3-point range. She also is .744 at the line.

Carstens has scored 20 points or more three times this season. Feb. 6 against New Mexico State, Carstens poured in 23 points, playing a season-high 40 minutes and hitting 9 of 19 from the floor and 3 of 7 from 3-point land.

Chicago State is rebuilding this season and has a 1-25 record, with Carstens being one of the reasons the team has hope for the future.

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