Boise State announced their male and female athletes of the year today for the 2015-2016 season and the honorees are hardly a shocker. Darian Thompson, a 3rd round draft pick and the MWC's newly-crowned "king of interceptions" (title comes with a scepter), was the choice for male athlete of the year. Thompson was a two-time Boise State MVP, a two-time All-MWC first teamer, and two-time All-American before being chosen by the New York Giants back in April.
Getting the nod for the fairer sex was Allie Ostrander...everyone's favorite 85 lb distance runner. The native Alaskan was the MWC cross country champ as a true frosh and the NCAA West Regional Champion, eventually finishing as runner-up at the National Championships en route to All-American honors. Ostrander's running dominance earned her Mountain West Cross Country Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year honors as well as the title of USTFCCCA West Region Cross Country Women’s Athlete of the Year. Maybe most impressive, Ostrander set an Olympic standard time at the Seattle Invitational in the 5,000m and competed last week for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team—as the only collegian in the field. She finished 8th.
I only scratched the surface of the awards and accolades that Ostrander won this year, and I fully expect her to earn this same honor from the Broncos for the next few years.
Congrats to Darian and Allie, two incredible athletes and incredible teammates.