Boise State will send a program-record five women to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June.
The Broncos' Allie Ostrander, Sadie Henderson, Kristie Schoffield, Clare O'Brien and Alexis Fuller each made qualifying runs at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships over the weekend at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California.
A day after punching her ticket to nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:40.20), Ostrander took second in her heat of the 5,000 in a time of 15 minutes, 27.46 seconds on Saturday. The reigning national champion in the steeplechase is one of just two female athletes to qualify in both the steeplechase and 5,000, joining Wofford's Hannah Steelman.
Fuller clocked the seventh-fastest overall time in the 1,500 (4:13.68) to become just the second Bronco on the women's side to ever compete at nationals in the event. Boise State's Niamh Bierne qualified in the 1,500 in 1996 and 1997.
Henderson and Schoffield added qualifying runs in the 800 on Friday night to make the Broncos one of only two schools in the west prelims to send multiple athletes through to nationals in the event. Henderson qualified with her third-place performance in the third heat (2:02.38), while Schoffield’s berth was a product of her time (2:05.18).
On Thursday night, O'Brien ran a personal-best 32:39.90 in the 10,000 to finish ninth in just her third time running the event. Her time is the second fastest in program history and ensures O'Brien a spot at nationals.
The NCAA championships are June 6-9 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.