June 14, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Allie Ostrander was announced as the 2018 Mountain West Women's Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches, Thursday. With the announcement, Ostrander becomes the first women's athlete in conference history to win the award in back-to-back years.
Dating back to 2014 when Emma Bates earned the same honor, a Bronco athlete was won three of the last five years.
The redshirt sophomore was once again dominant in successfully defending her 3,000m steeplechase national title last week in Eugene, Ore., at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning the event in 9:39.28.
She became just the second back-to-back women's steeplechase champion in NCAA history, joining the likes of Jenny Barringer (Simpson), who did it running for Colorado in 2008 and 2009. Because Barringer went back-to-back as a junior and a senior, Ostrander became the first to accomplish the feat in underclass seasons.
80 minutes after repeating as champion, Ostrander toed the line once again and earned a point in the 5,000m by taking eighth in a time of 15:46.50. The 11 points from Ostrander put the Bronco women in a tie for 25th in the team standings.
The outdoor season for the Kenai, Alaska native started at the Stanford Invitational (March 30) where she ran a career-best 9:38.57 to win the steeplechase, defeating several professional runners in the process. She then moved down a distance to 1,500m and worked on her speed at the Bryan Clay Invitational (April 20), taking 10th place thanks to a 4:15.06, putting her No. 2 on the Boise State performance list in the event.
Ostrander returned to Stanford and managed to still record a 5,000m qualifying time (15:45.41) at the Payton Jordan Invitational (May 3) despite getting tripped up with three laps to go.
She accounted for 18 points at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships after taking second in the 1,500m (4:20.82) to teammate Alexis Fuller and placing first in the 5,000m after crossing the line 15:44.11 for a decisive victory.
Ostrander's lead up to nationals couldn't have gone smoother at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, as she took fourth in the 5,000m thanks to a season-best 15:27.46 and took first in the 3,000m steeplechase with a 9:40.20.
She now has eight career All-America honors to her name with her finishes in the steeplechase and 5,000m at nationals. Five of those honors came in 2017-18 between cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.
In addition to winning this same honor last season, Ostrander was also named the 2016-17 Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year. The 2017-18 recipient will be announced in July.