Allie Ostrander, competing for the first time in nearly four months because of a leg injury, is two days and one second shy of a potential Olympic berth.
The 19-year-old distance runner finished fourth in a field of 23 runners in the women’s 5,000 meters Thursday night at Hayward Field. She and 15 other finalists will run at 5:28 p.m. MDT Sunday, with the top three qualifying for next month’s Olympics in Rio.
Ostrander, the only college runner in the field, who ran in her Boise State uniform, finished in 15 minutes, 27.13 seconds; top qualifier Molly Huddle turned in a 15:26.33.
“5 weeks ago I was run-walking. Today I qualified to the Olympic trials finals,’’ Ostrander wrote on Twitter after her race.
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Ostrander, from Kenai, Alaska, finished second as a freshman at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall and was the Mountain West indoor track and field athlete of the year, but missed the outdoor season because of a tibial stress fracture.
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