Former Kenai Central runner Taylor Ostrander claimed her first collegiate championship victory Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Northwest Conference Cross Country Championships at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, Oregon.
Ostrander, a 2012 Kenai Central graduate that currently runs for Willamette University, won the six-kilometer race in a time of 22 minutes, 25.2 seconds, tied in a photo finish with Bearcats teammate Olivia Mancl. Defending NWC champ Michaela Freeby finished third, just a tenth of a second behind her two teammates.
Ostrander led a pack of Willamette runners in a dominating 1-2-3-4-6 finish for the team, which was enough to cruise to the NWC team championship for a second consecutive year. The Willamette men’s team also took the team title.