Entering the final races for the NCAA indoor season, Allie Ostrander will be pulling double-duty racing in the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters. (David Elliott will be racing twice as well.)
The gauntlet has been thrown by FloTrack for The Greatest Women's NCAA Indoor 5000m Race Ever. And, boy, it sure looks to be a doozy.
Enter Boise State's own true freshman Allie Ostrander (not including her recent whoopings at the MWC championships):
- 2015 NCAA Cross Country National Runner-Up
- 2015 NCAA Cross Country All-American
- 2015 NCAA West Region Champion
- 2015 Mountain West Cross Country Champion
- 2015 Mountain West Cross Country Athlete of the Year
- 2015 Mountain West Cross Country Freshman of the Year
- Owner of the #1 3,000 meter time (8:54.27) and the #2 time in the 5,000 (15:21.85) in the nation this year.
Quite the resumé for the pint-sized competitor. She'll be squaring off against one of the only runners to beat her this year.
The reigning 2015 NCAA 10,000 meters champion: Notre Dame Senior Molly Seidel whose own accolades are extremely impressive (again, not including the recent ACC championships she just won):
- 2015 NCAA 10,000 Meters Champion
- 2015 USTFCCCA Track & Field All-American (indoor 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters)
- 2015 ACC Outdoor 5,000 Meters Champion
- 2015 ACC Indoor 5,000 Meters Champion
- 2015 ACC Indoor 3,000 Meters Champion
- 2015 ACC Indoor Championships Most Valuable Track Performer
- 2015 First Team All-ACC (3,000 meters, indoor 5,000 meters, outdoor 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters)
- 2014 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-American 2014 All-ACC, cross country 2014 All-Great Lakes Region, cross country
- 2015 Capital One All-Academic District V First Team 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team
- 2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team
- 2015 All-ACC Academic Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Team
- 2014 All-ACC Academic Cross Country Team
- 2012 BIG EAST Academic All-Star
Both runners are partaking in the 3,000 meters, and 5,000 which sets up an exciting back-and-forth for both the runners and their adoring fans.
Seidel is entering her final competition as a student at Notre Dame, as she is graduating this year. So, unfortunately, we may not see too many more battles between these two impressive athletes (at least while each are under their respective schools). Ostrander is, literally, only months older (and wiser) than the last meeting between the two. The NCAA Championships look to be a great couple of days. Allie Ostrander hopes to be the winning runner!
The schedule for the championships is here. The 5,000 meters is Friday, March 11 at 8:25 p.m CST (7:25 p.m. Mountain). The 3,000 meters is Saturday at 6:25 p.m CST (5:25 Mountain).
There will be a broadcast of the two day event on ESPN 3:
Live results for the Championships will be available on RecordTiming.com. ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 11 starting at 4:25 p.m. Eastern time and March 12 starting at 4:55 p.m. Eastern time. A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 13 starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2 and also Wednesday, March 23 starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU.