May 11, 2017
Team Scores | Individual Results
LOGAN, Utah - Allie Ostrander clocked a 35:51.20 to win the women's 10,000m title on Thursday night at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Utah State. Running in the first 10k of her career, Ostrander became the second Bronco on the women's side in school history to win a Mountain West 10,000m title, joining Emma Bates (2013).
Ostrander and the rest of the Bronco women hung back in the trail pack for the first six kilometers of the race and let Jaci Smith (Air Force) and McKenna Spillar (Colorado State) do the majority of the work early on. The Kenai, Alaska native begun making her move to track down Spillar in the last few kilometers, eventually drawing even in the last 800 meters.
"Coach Ihmels wanted us to take out the first few miles really conservatively because of the altitude and the heat," Ostrander explained after the race. "He didn't want anyone to burn up and he wanted us to work together as a team. After that we were supposed to slowly build and work towards getting faster and getting into the regional qualifying time range."
Ostrander executed the plan to perfection and kicked it into another gear at the 600-meter mark to put significant space between her and Smith. The redshirt freshman was able to use a prolonged kick to win the race with relative ease.
"I know my strength isn't in my top-end speed, it's in my ability to maintain a pretty good speed," Ostrander said. "I really tried to make it a longer kick to get rid of her a little bit earlier."
Redshirt senior Megan Lacy also performed extremely well and made up significant ground throughout the latter half of the race, eventually securing seventh place with a 37:09.45.
The two Broncos combined for 12 points in the 10k, putting the Boise State women in second place after the second day of competition.
"Allie did a nice job," head coach Corey Ihmels said. "It was a tough environment tonight with it being a little humid and hotter than what we're used to, but she did a good job and hopefully it didn't take too much out of her really moving at the end like that, but it was still really good to see."
Clare O'Brien ran a 37:21.72 for ninth and Minttu Hukka (37:52.56) crossed the line in 13th.
The men were led by a fifth-place performance from Miler Haller (31:32.20). Michael Vennard (32:11.03) took eighth to also pick up a point for Boise State.
Chandler Austin (32:38.13) was 10th, Rhys Park (32:48.19) took 12th and Riley Campbell (34:51.48) finished in 14th.
"They didn't do a good job early," Ihmels said in reference to the men. "Obviously didn't follow the plan in the race early on, but Miler was able to rally back at the end in a tough environment. It was good to see him battle back. He's scored before at the conference meet, but getting up there into the top five is always a good thing."
The men are in fifth place in the team standings with five points.
The Broncos will resume tomorrow morning with Kendra Noneman competing in the women's hammer throw at 10 a.m.
10,000m - 1. Allie Ostrander - 35:51.20, 7. Megan Lacy - 37:09.45, 9. Clare O'Brien - 37:21.72 and 13. Minttu Hukka - 37:52.56
10,000m - 5. Miler Haller - 31:32.20, 8. Michael Vennard - 32:11.03, 10. Chandler Austin - 32:38.13, 12. Rhys Park - 32:48.19 and 14. Riley Campbell - 34:51.48