For a second time in the young season, Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander has been named the Mountain West women’s cross-country Athlete of the Week.
Ostrander, a 2015 Kenai Central graduate, followed up a victorious freshman debut on Sept. 11 in San Francisco with a runner-up finish last Saturday at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The result helped the Bronco’s to the women’s team title, beating out defending national champions Michigan State by a whopping 79 points. Boise State was ranked No. 20 coming into the meet, and featured the youngest competing roster in the field with three freshman, one sophomore and one junior.
Ostrander’s second-place result in the Division I Women’s Gold race came among a field of 243 runners, and with a time of 21 minutes, 9.4 seconds over six kilometers, finished 16 seconds behind race winner Bethan Knights of Cal. It was the best ever finish by a Boise State runner at the meet.
Another 2015 Kenai graduate, Jonah Theisen, was the highest placing freshman in the Division II Men’s Maroon 8K race, finishing 10th out of 392 runners with a time of 26:22.8. Theisen’s performance helped his Black Hills State men’s team to the men’s team title, beating out 37 other teams.