Boise State redshirt junior Allie Ostrander finished eighth Friday in the women’s 5,000-meter final and fourth Saturday in the 3,000 final at the 2019 Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, earned First-Team All-America honors for both finishes.
In Saturday’s 3,000, the redshirt junior was trapped in the inside lane near the back of the pack early in the race. After many attempts to get out of that box, Ostrander finally was able to pass on the inside lane in the final third of the race.
She was clipped on the shin in the process, leaving her with a bloodied shin after the race. This happened as a lead pack of four was pulling away, but Ostrander was able to reel in one of those runners to take fourth in 9 minutes, 4.76 seconds.
Friday in the 5,000, Ostrander took an early lead and contended for the win before dropping back in the final mile of the race, crossing the line in 15:46.69.
At the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas, a pair of 2015 Kenai Central graduates also were taking home All-American honors Friday.
Black Hills State University seniors Jordan Theisen and Jonah Theisen were a part of a distance medley relay team that took sixth place, and tied a school record with a time of 9:49.47. The Theisens were joined by Levi Fried, a Kodiak High School graduate, and Tristan Hepp.
The team was seeded ninth but was able to improve on their seeding. It was the second time Jonah Theisen and Fried earned All-American honors in the distance medley relay.