Last year Allie Ostrander had quite the busy season for the Broncos. She was named the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Athlete and Freshman of the Year. She was an NCAA West Region Champion and tacked on a NCAA Cross Country National Runner-up finish (Notre Dame Senior Molly Seidel finished first) en route to being named an All-American.
So, pretty good.
In the Indoor Track & Field season, she was a distance medley relay Mountain West Champion. And it was not even close.
If it was not for an unfortunate knee injury at the 5,000m Indoor National Championships that derailed her spring season, she could have added even more awards to that mantle. She could not compete in the entire outdoor season last year, so hopefully that changes this year.
Opening this cross country season, the hype machine is now back in action.
FloTrack has Allie Ostrander as the no. 1 ranked runner heading into the season. She is in some good company as Michigan, Notre Dame, and Michigan State also have representatives in the top five (Alice Wright of New Mexico is no. 3).
But that is not all!
Fellow Bronco, and person who moves quickly for long distances, sophomore Brenna Peloquin is no. 6 on the rankings. And she is no slouch either.
She was a 2015 Cross Country All-American, Mountain West Conference 5,000m champion, and an outdoor track & field All-American in the 5,000m, and 10,000m.
This means that the cross country season is going to be a pretty great one for the Broncos, and the Mountain West, as the MWC has three of the top six runners in the nation.
Congratulations to Ms. Ostrander and Ms. Peloquin on the recognition. If Bronco Nation’s already lofty expectations weren’t high, they should be now!