March 10, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Allie Ostrander continued a tradition of success at the NCAA championships with a runner-up finish in the women's 3,000m at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Saturday at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Ostrander finished second to Missouri's Karissa Schweizer in 8:54.35 - just 99-hundreths of a second behind the senior's winning time of 8:53.36. Ostrander's time is eight-hundreths of a second off her school and Mountain West record she set as a freshman.
Her runner-up finish is the best by a Mountain West athlete in the women's 3,000m at the indoor national championship, while also being the highest-finish by a Boise State athlete at the indoor national championship since Eleni Kafourou won the 2009 national title in the triple jump.
"(Schweizer) is a great competitior, if I'm going to lose to someone, she's not the worst option," Ostrander. "It's my personal best, and I haven't run that in two years, so it's good to see that I'm moving in the right direction."
Boise State took 17th in the team competition with 12 points -- eclipsing the previous best of 19th in 2009 and 2014.
Ostrander established good position from the start of the race, moving to the outside shoulder within the top five.
With 1,200 meters to go, Ostrander and Schweizer separates themselves from the rest of the pack as the field began to string out. The redshirt sophomore never gave Schweizer more than a stride lead, as Schweizer was never more than two-tenth of a second ahead at the splits.
On the back stretch of the final lap, the senior was able to pull away, but Ostrander was able to finish in second for the sixth All-American honors of her career.