In what is an historic day for Bronco track and field, Ms. Allie Ostrander has successfully defended her national title in the 3,000M steeplechase.
There are several reasons that this is a big deal. Per the Bronco Sports track and field Twitter, Ostrander is the first runner to win back-to-back steeplechase races in underclass years, and it’s the third-straight year a Mountain West athlete won the steeplechase title (Courtney Frerichs of UNM won in 2016).
This win for Ostrander puts her in rare air for Broncos athletes.
Ostrander joins recent @BroncoSports Hall of Fame Inductee Gabriel Wallin as the only two-time @NCAA National Champion in school history.— Boise State T&F (@BroncoSportsTF) June 9, 2018
In total, the win gives Boise State its 13th national title. #BleedBlue pic.twitter.com/piRwGk93E4
As if Ostrander didn’t already punch a ticket for the Boise State hall of fame, this repeat performance makes her the surest lock since Kellen Moore.
Not to be outdone, Ostrander had to turn around and run one more race, the 5,000m, barely an hour after winning the 3k. She wasn’t quite as successful—finishing eighth—still good enough for All-American honors in that event.
What an effort...— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) June 10, 2018
Only about 80 minutes after winning a National Championship in the 3K Steeplechase, #BoiseState sophomore @allie_ostrander finishes 8th in the 5K Final (15:46.50).
A Natty in the 3K Steeple, and All-American honors in the 5K. Allie O is a legend. pic.twitter.com/1ZQgFXRxUc
To recap: Ostrander won a national title in a NCAA race then tried her darndest to do it again, placing eighth. I climbed the stairs in Taco Bell Arena and had to sit down for 10 minutes.
Let us all bask in the glory that is Allie Ostrander. A sophomore who is destined for greatness before our very eyes. She is doing things that are quite remarkable, and she is only going to get better.