Boise State Sophomore Allie Ostrander will compete in the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, at 5:20 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, July, 7th and can be streamed live on the NBC Sports App or at NBCOlympics.com. The final round will be on Sunday, July 10th at 5:28 p.m. (MDT).
Hailing from Soldotna, Alaska, Ostrander was a 10-time state champion in track and cross country at Kenai High School, shattering state records in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. She capped her phenomenal high school performance by winning the Nike High School Cross Country National Championship in 2015.
This past fall Ostrander took home first place in the women’s 6K race at the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships.
She was the third consecutive individual winner for Boise State in the 6K with Emma Bates bringing the trophy back to Boise in the last two seasons. Ostrander later finished in second place at the NCAA women’s cross country meet as a freshman.
The All-American runner finds peace in running the foothills around Boise where she trains not only for the Olympic trials and the upcoming season, but also her favorite past time; the Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska.
Due to the Olympic trials, Ostrander will have to miss the grueling Mount Marathon Race as it takes place this weekend.
Named for Mount Marathon (not the 26.2 mile running event) the race is a 5K “run” up and down the 3,022 foot mountain situated a mile and a half from the start and finish line. Ostrander holds the outright record for girls in the junior race and won the event outright for both boys and girls in 2014.
Expressing disappointment in missing the Mount Marathon run Ostrander can find solace in her next milestone saying, “... as long as I get to run in the Olympic Trials, I think that’s a fair tradeoff.”
We can expect to see Allie Ostrander back in a Boise State cross country uniform in the fall and outdoor track and field next spring, which she missed last season due to a knee injury.
You can keep track of Ostrander’s quest for the 2016 Summer Olympics at the USA Track and Field and also stream the events.