Boise State’s women’s track and field program continues to produce some of the most dominant athletes in the Mountain West.
Sophomore Allie Ostrander, who repeated as the NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase champion in June, was named Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. It is the second straight year she’s won the honor, becoming just the second female athlete to repeat. The other was Boise State’s Emma Bates in 2014 and 2015.
In the 2017-18 season, she finished fourth at the NCAA cross country championships in the fall, took second in the indoor 3,000 meters, was part of a fifth-place finish in the indoor distance medley relay in the winter and took eighth in the 5,000 meters at the outdoor national championships in the spring. She also carries a 4.0 GPA.
According to the Mountain West, “In addition to superior athletic achievement, criterion for the MW Athlete of the Year Award requires that nominees be in good academic standing throughout their season of competition, demonstrate good character and conduct on and off the playing field.”
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Since the award’s creation in 2010, Boise State has won it five times — Ostrander and Bates twice apiece, and fellow track standout Kurt Felix was named top male athlete in 2012.
San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny was named the Mountain West Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.