Allie Ostrander's return to running
Boise State’s Allie Ostrander added to her historic season by being named the 2016-17 Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.
Ostrander is the first freshman female to claim the conference’s highest honor since the award was established in the 2009-10 school year.
In June, Ostrander became the first freshman in more than a decade to win a national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 9 minutes, 41.31 seconds at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Just 75 minutes later, Ostrander ran to a fourth-place finish in the 5,000, tying Emma Bates for the most points from a single Bronco at an outdoor track championship, with 15.
“All of us at Boise State University congratulate Allie on her national championship and recognition as the top female athlete in our conference,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said. “Her grit and attitude serve as an inspiration, and we are glad she represents Boise State University on a national scale.”
Boise State has claimed four Mountain West athlete of the year accolades since joining the league in 2011-12, which is tied with New Mexico for the most by any single school. Bates was named athlete of the year in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and Kurt Felix was honored as the male athlete of the year in 2011-12.
“There is no doubt that Allie had a phenomenal season, and I am thrilled to see her recognized,” Boise State track coach Corey Ihmels said. “I truly believe that she is just scratching the surface of her potential. She is an amazing talent, and I am excited to see what else she is able to accomplish both as a Bronco and in her post-Boise State career.”
After redshirting the 2016 cross country and 2017 indoor track seasons because of an injury, the native of Kenai, Alaska, took the 2017 outdoor track season by the horns. Ostrander was just the second freshman in Boise State history to win an individual national championship and 10th overall.