- Boise State University Athletics Department
Allie Ostrander, 22, signed with agent Ray Flynn of Flynn Sports Management over the weekend and announced on July 3 that she would join the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts, a professional team sponsored by Brooks Running.
“I’m really excited about [turning pro],” said Ostrander told Boise Weekly. “I’ve definitely enjoyed my time at Boise State and [am] so appreciative of the opportunities it provided, but I’m ready for a new challenge and I think running professionally will help me grow the most.”
On Saturday, Ostrander raced in a Bronco uniform for the last time at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University. She ran a lifetime best of 9:31.44 in the steeplechase—her signature event—and finished 13th against the best steeplechasers in the world.
“She decided to go pro after running the Pre Classic this weekend,” Flynn said. “She has already graduated from Boise State and wants to focus on training for the Olympics.”
Saturday’s race marks the first time the three-time NCAA champion has lost a steeplechase final. Ostrander was the winningest steeplechaser in collegiate history, and the first athlete ever to win three consecutive titles.
Prior to Ostrander’s collegiate campaign, she was one of the best high school runners of her time, as well as a world class mountain runner. As a Bronco she finished three times in the top six at the NCAA cross country championship—including a second place finish as a freshman—and most recently led her team to an overall sixth-place finish. On the track she was a 10-time All-American and has six school records to her name.
The athletes ahead of her at Saturday’s meet included American record-holder Courtney Frerichs, Olympic bronze-medalist Emma Coburn and world record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech. Ostrander is now ranked fifth in the nation for the event.
Ostrander will compete at the U.S. National Championships at the end of July, where a top-three finish, and time faster than 9:30, would earn her a spot at the World Championships later this year. She will also run for Team USA at the Pan-American Games in August.
“It’s a much longer season than I’m used to, considering I started racing indoor in December,” said Ostrander. “But these are the races I’m really excited to be running.”
The Brooks Beasts are coached by Danny Mackey, and previously included Boise-native Nick Symmonds. Ostrander will move to Seattle later this year.