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Boise State Track Phenom Allie Ostrander Takes Sixth at NCAA Championships


Allie Ostrander - MICAH DREW
  • Micah Drew
  • Allie Ostrander
When Boise State junior Allie Ostrander came through the halfway point of Saturday’s NCAA Championship 6-kilometer race, there was blood on her left calf. The leaders of the race were not yet separated from the field, and Ostrander was at the front of the lead pack. Running in such close proximity with the nations best runners had its risks, and the metal spikes of a competitor's shoes had drawn a red line down her shin. But a little blood wasn't enough to stop Boise State’s most decorated runner.

By the time the field finished its last loop of the snow-dusted championship course in Madison, Wisconsin, Ostrander was a mere 15-seconds off the lead with about one kilometer to go in the six-kilometer race. She ultimately crossed the line in sixth place.

Ostrander's performance helped the Boise State women's team finish in sixth with 288 points, tying its best-ever finish from 2017.

The NCAA championships marked the end of a prosperous season for the Broncos which saw the men and women’s teams receive the highest national rankings in program history. 

  • Micah Drew
“We’re a little disappointed,” said head coach Corey Ihmels, while praising some runners’ individual performances. “We had higher aspirations coming in, and we were ranked a little higher than we placed which is always disappointing.”

Boise State sophomore Emily Venters received All-American status with a top-40 finish (39th). The rest of the Bronco’s top five was rounded out by Maxine Paholek (89th), Alexis Fuller (104th) and Gracie Tostenson (121st).

The women’s race was dominated by the University of Colorado, which scored just 65 points to win over defending national champions New Mexico. The women of Oregon, Michigan and Stanford also finished ahead of the Broncos. 

In the men’s 10-kilometer race the Boise State team finished 10th, its best result since 1996. At the start of the season, the men were ranked 24th in the preseason coaches poll and 9th going into the meet, an impressive jump by any standards.

“They all ran really tough today, we just lacked a little help on the back end,” said Ihmels. “We thought we had a chance to be in that fourth- to sixth [place] range and we were off that by just a bit.”