Boise State's freshman phenom (true freshman, at that), the Alaskan Assassin Allie Ostrander hadn't raced since the indoor track and field championships in March. At those championships, the tiny All-American was expected to challenge for possibly two national championships but had to drop out due to a knee injury—an injury that kept her out of the entire outdoor season as well. Well, Allie shook off any accumulated rust in a big hurry moments ago, finishing fourth (out of twelve) in her heat in the 5k at the Olympic Track and Field trials in Eugene. The top 16 times in tonight's prelims advance to Sunday's final and by virtue of her 4th place finish, Allie is comfortably through and battled off a host of pros to land her spot.
Ostrander ran a 15:27.13 in her heat...which was just one second off the winning time set by Molly Huddle—a runner about 13 years Allie's senior. Ostrander also finished about 2 seconds ahead of Abbey D'Agostino—an Ivy League grad with 7 national titles to her name. Rare air.
I know what I'll be watching Sunday (Game of Thrones season is over).